Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)|
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Course available to local students only
|Next available intake|
November (Trimester 3) - Not available at Warrnambool
March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2) - Not available at Warrnambool
November (Trimester 3) - Not available at Warrnambool
|Tuition fee rate||Available fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|VTAC Codes||1400315151 - 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 overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Work experience
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.
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.
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.
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 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
|HPS111||Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour|
|HPS104||Foundations of Psychological Science|
plus one level 1 elective unit from any discipline
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|HPS121||Psychology B: Individual and Social Development|
plus two level 1 elective units from any discipline
Level 2 - Trimester 1
|HPS203||The Human Mind|
|HPS204||Human Social Behaviour|
plus two level 2 elective units from psychology or any discipline
Level 2 - Trimester 2
|HPS201||Research Methods in Psychology A|
|HPS202||Child and Adolescent Development|
plus one level 2 or level 3 HPS psychology elective unit AND one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|HPS301||Research Methods in Psychology B|
|HPS310||Brain, Biology and Behaviour|
plus one level 3 HPS psychology elective unit and one level 3 elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 2
plus one level 3 HPS psychology elective unit OR one level 3 health elective unit
one level 3 elective unit
Level 4 - Trimester 1
|HPS425||Honours in Psychology Part A|
|HPS427||Honours in Psychology Part C|
Level 4 - Trimester 2
|HPS426||Honours in Psychology Part B|
|HPS428||Honours in Psychology Part D|
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.
|HPS207||Preparing for Employment|
|HPS302||Pathways Through Adulthood|
|HPS206||Introduction to Forensic Psychology|
|HPS304||The Social Psychology of Relationships|
|HPS327||Research Methods Capstone|
|HPS328||Transitioning to Work|
The remaining eight electives may include other psychology units such as:
|HPY210||Coaching and Counselling Individuals for Behaviour Change|
|HPY310||Coaching and Counselling Groups for Behaviour Change|
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
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.
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.
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.