Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Campus
Cloud CampusYes
Length

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course available to local students only

Next available intake

2016

November (Trimester 3) - Not available at Warrnambool

2017

March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2) - Not available at Warrnambool

November (Trimester 3) - Not available at Warrnambool

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

VTAC Codes1400315151 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400515151 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400615151 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400715151 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code H345

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Complete an accredited four-year sequence in psychology that will get you provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

This four-year course differs to the Bachelor of Psychological Science or Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) by providing selected students with the opportunity to complete honours in psychology as part of the final year of this degree. You will, however, have to receive excellent marks in the first three years of study.

Psychology is concerned with understanding human personality, behaviour, emotion, underlying mental processes and the factors that lead people to differ in the way they think and behave.

This course covers broad areas of psychology including behavioural and clinical neuroscience, child and adolescent psychology, relationships and the psychology of groups, cognitive psychology, forensic psychology, and psychopathology.

After graduating, you can work in areas relevant to human wellbeing, such as social work, youth work and developmental psychology among many others. You can also continue your studies by undertaking a postgraduate course.

Professional recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychology is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Career opportunities

After successfully completing the Bachelor of Psychology (with honours) you will be well prepared for employment in a wide range of areas relevant to human wellbeing, such as social work, youth work, careers counselling, work/life counselling, developmental psychology, research psychology, or mental health rehabilitation.

Depending on your chosen area and level of further study, you will be able to work in a variety of settings, including specialist areas of psychology practice, such as clinical, forensic, organisational, educational, health, sport and many others. The contexts in which you work may include hospitals, business organisations, schools, universities, government agencies, community sporting groups, various research groups or in private practice.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1 or 4 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 32 credit points include at least 21 psychology (i.e., ‘HPS’) credit points (these are compulsory), 3 psychology elective units (you can choose which psychology units to study)  and 8 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

Following successful completion of the first 3 levels of the course (i.e., at the completion of 24 credit points), students will be considered for progression to the level-4 ‘honours’ year of the course.

There is a quota on honours places and successful applicants must achieve at least a mid-credit (65%) for Research Methods B and a sufficient mark for their remaining level-2 and level-3 psychology core units (a ‘minimum mark’ is calculated each year based on the previous year’s competition for places and the academic merit of the cohort of students who apply).

Failure to achieve an honours place results in an alternative exit from H345 with course H344 Bachelor of Psychological Science. Such students may apply for a fee-paying alternative to honours: course H650 Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Students who do not wish to complete the honours year may also opt for this alternative exit.

Course structure

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2016 onwards. Students who commenced in 2014 and 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

HBS107Understanding Health

HPS104Foundations of Psychological Science

plus one level 1 elective unit from any discipline

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

HBS110Health Behaviour

plus two level 1 elective units from any discipline

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HPS203The Human Mind

HPS204Human Social Behaviour

plus two level 2 elective units from psychology or any discipline

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HPS201Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS202Child and Adolescent Development

plus one level 2 or level 3 HPS psychology elective unit AND one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HPS301Research Methods in Psychology B

HPS310Brain, Biology and Behaviour

plus one level 3 HPS psychology elective unit and one level 3 elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HPS307Personality

HPS308Psychopathology

plus one level 3 HPS psychology elective unit OR one level 3 health elective unit

AND

one level 3 elective unit

Level 4 - Trimester 1

HPS425Honours in Psychology Part A

HPS427Honours in Psychology Part C

Level 4 - Trimester 2

HPS426Honours in Psychology Part B

HPS428Honours in Psychology Part D

Elective units

Three of the 11 elective units must be chosen from the psychology units listed below - one from level 2 or level 3 and two from level 3.

Trimester 1

HPS207Preparing for Employment

HPS302Pathways Through Adulthood

HPS325Addiction

Trimester 2

HPS206Introduction to Forensic Psychology

HPS226Health Psychology

HPS304The Social Psychology of Relationships

HPS327Research Methods Capstone

HPS328Transitioning to Work

HPS395Cognitive Neuroscience

The remaining eight electives may include other psychology units such as:

HPY210Coaching and Counselling Individuals for Behaviour Change

HPY310Coaching and Counselling Groups for Behaviour Change

or

students may choose to take complimentary studies in other disciplines


Registration as a Psychologist

The current requirements for registration as a provisional psychologist include the completion of four years of academic study of psychology that is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia. The academic program usually consists of an approved undergraduate psychology sequence followed by an approved fourth-year of study, such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology.

Following successful completion of an approved fourth-year of psychology study, you may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychology can lead directly to provisional registration provided the honours year is completed within this four-year course.

In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practice, or a minimum two years of further study, which may include: Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practice completed outside the degree).

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Work experience

As part of this course, you will also be given the opportunity to undertake preparation for work and work placement elective units as well as elective units designed to develop your counselling skills.