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VCE Extension Studies Program

VCE Extension Studies program offers students studying VCE Health and Human Development and VCE Psychology the opportunity to take on two university units and start their Deakin University experience sooner.


Health Practice and Research

The two units in this extension study are designed to build on VCE Health and Human Development.

HBS110 Health Behaviour

Health Behaviour uses a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the impact of lifestyle and behaviours on health and factors that impact on health behaviours across the life span. You will develop an understanding of the process, challenges and skills involved in health behaviour change.

You can study this unit in seminars at the Melbourne Burwood Campus or fully via cloud (online) learning at a time and place that suits you. This unit involves three hours contact per week: one two-hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial. Assessment in this unit involves a six-week health behaviour journal (45%), 10 online weekly quizzes (10%) and an end of trimester examination (45%).

HBS108 Health Information and Data

Health Information and Data will help you develop skills in identifying and evaluating different forms of health evidence. You will learn how to make critical judgements about the many health claims we see every day and the quality of health information available to the public. You will develop skills in distinguishing valid, well-researched health claims from those that have little or no evidence to support them. The skills students develop in this unit equip them to make informed evidence based decisions as both consumers and health professionals.

This unit is taught fully via cloud (online) learning so you can choose to study whenever and wherever you like. While there are no formal contact hours, you will join weekly one-hour online tutorials and engage with fellow students on the online discussion forum for three hours per week. Assessment in this unit includes online quizzes (25%), a 1000-word paper about a contentious health issue (25%) and an end of trimester examination (50%).

How you will learn

Deakin delivers quality online learning where you can access resources, connect with staff and students and join discussions and tutorials. You will have full access to the Deakin Library, both on campus and online. While you will be studying with other Deakin students, there will be special online discussion groups just for VCE students.

How these units relate to future studies at Deakin

If you go on to study at Deakin you may claim credit for these units as part of a range of health courses including health sciences, nursing, exercise and sport science, occupational therapy, social work, psychology, vision science and public health and health promotion, or as elective units in other courses.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • Students must have completed, or be studying concurrently, VCE units 3 & 4 Human Health and Development to be eligible for Health Behaviour/Health Information and Data.
  • To be considered for the program you will need above average results and a recommendation from your school.
  • Permission from a Parent/Guardian is required.

Psychological Science

The two units in this extension study are designed to build on VCE Psychology.

HPS111 Introduction to Psychology A

Introduction to Psychology A will introduce you to the fundamental biological underpinning of human psychology. This includes the genetic and neurological bases of behaviour, including how these processes are influenced by various environmental factors.

It explores the processes that make us human, ranging from primitive and adaptive functions, such as motivation and emotion, to higher order concepts such as intelligence. The unit explores the notion of consciousness and what it means to think, and how memory and learned experiences influence who we are and how we behave. The focus is primarily on the individual elements that contribute to our understanding of human behaviour.

You can study this unit on a campus in classes (Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Warrnambool Campus) or fully via cloud (online) at a time and place that suits you. Assessment comprises a reflective practice journal (15%), a deconstructed research report (1500 words) (50%) and a content roadmap (35%). It includes two contact hours per week: one one-hour seminar and one one-hour practical class taken either on a campus or via the cloud (online).

HPS121 Introduction to Psychology B

Introduction to Psychology B will introduce you to how we function as individuals in a social world. The unit begins by looking at how we, as both biological and social beings, develop throughout the lifespan, exploring the complex interactions between biological and environmental influences.

Various theoretical perspectives are applied to explore what makes up our individual personalities, and how personality is assessed. The impact of psychological disorders on individual and societal wellbeing is considered, and the different therapeutic approaches used to treat these disorders are analysed.  We then examine the power of situational, societal, and cultural influences on behaviour.

You can study this unit on a campus in classes (Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Warrnambool Campus) or fully via cloud (online) at a time and place that suits you. Assessment in this unit includes a reflective practice journal (15%), laboratory report (2000 words) (50%) and a content roadmap (35%). This unit includes two contact hours per week: one one-hour seminar and one one-hour practical class taken either on a campus or via the cloud (online).

How you will learn

Deakin delivers quality cloud (online) learning where you can access resources, connect with staff and students and join discussions and tutorials. You will have full access to the Deakin Library, both on a campus or via the cloud (online). While you will be studying with other Deakin students, there will be special online discussion groups just for VCE students.

How these units relate to future studies at Deakin

If you go on to study at Deakin you may claim credit for these units as part of your psychology course or for the Psychology major in the Health Sciences degree or as elective units within a non-psychology course.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • Students must have completed, or be studying concurrently, VCE units 3 & 4 Psychology to be eligible for Introduction to Psychology A/Introduction to Psychology B
  • To be considered for the program you will need above average results and a recommendation from your school.
  • Permission from a Parent/Guardian is required.

Eligibility, and how to apply

Check your eligibility for each extension study in the explanation above.

There are a limited number of places available in each of the VCE Extension Studies and applicants will be ranked for offers based on information supplied by them in the application and in the recommendations from their schools.

How to apply

Download, complete and return the application form (PDF, 129.6 KB) .

Applicants are able to submit up to five pages of additional information to assist the selection committee in making its decisions. Details are provided on the application form.

Closing Date

Tuesday, 17 December 2013.


Boost your ATAR score

As part of Deakin University's extension studies program you will be eligible to receive the ATAR increments. Increments are only given if you successfully complete both subjects.

In 2014, the increment is:

  • 5.0 where a student averages at least 90
  • 4.5 where a student averages at least 80 but less than 89
  • 4.0 where a student averages at least 70 but less than 79
  • 3.5 where a student averages at least 60 but less than 69
  • 3.0 where a student averages at least 50 but less than 59

Gain university credit

If you enrol in a university course related to your Deakin University extension subjects, you will generally be able to gain credit.

You may use this to accelerate your degree by going straight to the second year of the subject, or to lighten your first year study load.

Contact us

Complete this form to register your interest or to ask questions about this program.


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