Bachelor of Psychological Science

Undergraduate degree

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
60
Waurn Ponds:
60.65
Warrnambool:
NP?
Cloud:
NP?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2020 close 6 November 2020
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Late VTAC entry closes 6 November 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Curious about what makes people think, feel and behave the way they do? In Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychological Science you’ll cover many aspects of human behaviour and personality, which will prepare you for a range of careers in the fast-growing health sector, and give you the option of pursuing further study towards provisional registration as a psychologist. To help you prepare for what’s next, you will have the option of undertaking 140 hours of real-world experience with an industry placement that strengthens your employment prospects.

This course is offered at every campus and online, so you can study where and when it suits you. Plus, our flexible trimester system means you can fast-track the course over two years of full-time study. Deakin is the only university in Victoria where you can study specialist psychology majors during your undergraduate degree, so you can pursue your interests with a major in Child and Family, Organisational Studies or Forensic Studies.

Do you want to learn from psychology professionals and be exposed to real-world workplace experience?

Deakin’s School of Psychology is one of the largest in Victoria. It has strong partnerships with industry, including collaborative activities with government agencies, public and private organisations, hospitals and other universities.

These partnerships ensure your degree remains relevant to industry and workforce needs. You will be in high demand by employers who want graduates that are ready to face real-world problems with confidence.

This course recognises the importance of, and interrelationships between, a range of human factors you will encounter in your future career. You will explore diverse areas of psychology, including:

  • behavioural and clinical neuroscience
  • child and adolescent psychology
  • human social behaviour
  • cognitive psychology
  • forensic psychology

You will also have the opportunity to develop your counselling and coaching skills through a suite of specialised elective units, or further explore topics including addiction and cognitive neuroscience.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration as a psychologist. The course is also accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

If you want to become a psychologist, this course is the pathway to a 4th year of study (honours or graduate diploma level). After completing a 4th year of study, you will be eligible to apply to register as a provisional psychologist. Students wishing to become fully registered psychologists can then apply to continue their studies by undertaking one of the following:

 

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Psychological Science students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points you will need to study 24 units (AKA 'subjects'). Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points which must include the following:

  • At least 13 must be Psychology units
  • At level 1, four Psychology units, HPS111, HPS121, HPS104 and HPS105, and one foundation health unit, HBS110, are compulsory.  
  • At level 2, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203 and HPS204 are compulsory.  
  • At level 3, HPS301, HPS307, HPS308 and HPS310 are compulsory
  • An additional three health electives across levels 2 and 3 must also be completed. These can be in the form of a level 2 or 3 psychology elective (HPS2XX or HPS3XX), plus either two more level 3 psychology electives (HPS3XX and HPS3XX) OR one level 3 psychology elective and one general level 3 health elective (HPS3XX and HXX3XX).
  • No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1
  • Students must complete a minimum of 7 credit points at each level.
  • A maximum of 8 credit points (electives) may be taken outside the Faculty of Health

Students may choose to accelerate their progress through the course by selecting from the following units that are normally offered in Trimester 3: HBS110, HPS104, HPS105, HPS111, HPS121, HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS206 (psychology elective unit), HPS301, HPS307, HPS308 and HPS310.  

Following completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science students intending to become psychologists must successfully apply for and complete a level-4 Honours year or the level-4 Graduate Diploma of Psychology. 

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

13

Compulsory units

2

Psychology electives

9

Elective units

24

Total

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2020 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2020 can follow this course structure from Level 2 onwards or refer to previous online Handbooks

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Foundations of Psychological Science
  • Foundations of Psychological Practice
  • plus one level 1 elective unit from any discipline

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development
  • Health Behaviour
  • plus two level 1 elective units from any discipline

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • The Human Mind
  • Human Social Behaviour
  • plus two level 2 elective units from psychology or any discipline

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Psychology Research Methods (Introductory)
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • plus one level 2 or level 3 HPS psychology elective unit AND one level 2 elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Psychology Research Methods (Intermediate)
  • Brain, Biology and Behaviour
  • plus one level 3 HPS psychology elective unit and one level 3 elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Personality
  • Psychopathology
  • plus one level 3 HPS psychology elective unit OR one level 3 health elective unit

    AND

    one level 3 elective unit

    Major sequences

    The following majors are available within the Bachelor of Psychological Science

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    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

  • Pathways Through Adulthood
  • Addiction
  • Trimester 2

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Preparing for Employment
  • Cross Cultural and Indigenous Psychology
  • Applied Health Psychology
  • The Social Psychology of Relationships
  • Research Methods Capstone
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • The remaining eight electives may include other psychology units such as:

  • Coaching and Counselling for Behaviour Change
  • Start Anytime

  • Psychology At Work (Internship)
  • or

    students may choose to take complementary studies in other disciplines.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Psychological Science
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314231 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514231 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400614231 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400714231 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    H344
    CRICOS code?
    079316E
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool
      • Cloud Campus

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    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 – such as Deakin’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) – 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).

    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).

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer the relevant unit guide.

    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.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in Biology, Health And Human Development, any Mathematics or Psychology equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Biology, Health And Human Development, any Mathematics or Psychology equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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.

    Please note that a maximum of five credit points can be granted for Psychology core units.

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

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Psychological Science with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888
    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Fast-track your degree and finish in two years

    Accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

    Pathway to becoming a fully registered psychologist

    140 hours of industry experience

    Career outcomes

    Following the completion of your bachelor’s degree, taking the next step towards becoming a psychologist involves applying for an honours year (e.g. Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology). Once completed, you’ll be able to register as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

    If your passion isn’t to complete further study to become a registered psychologist, there are still many diverse career options available, including:

    • child protection
    • counselling
    • family support
    • human services
    • marketing
    • not for profit aid
    • public health
    • social work.

    If you choose to pursue full registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of roles, including:

    • clinical psychologist
    • cognitive neuroscientist
    • counsellor
    • criminal psychologist
    • educational and developmental psychologist
    • family therapist
    • forensic psychologist
    • health and community psychologist
    • organisational psychologist
    • rehabilitation counsellor
    • sport and exercise psychologist
    • youth psychologist.

    These positions can be found in:

    • private clinics and practices
    • public and private hospitals
    • corporate organisations
    • schools and universities
    • government departments and agencies
    • sporting clubs and institutes
    • social research organisations.

    Professional recognition

    All of the psychology courses offered at Deakin meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS), translating into excellent job and career opportunities for our graduates. Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Integrate theoretical knowledge of the discipline of psychology in relation to: health, social, cognitive, methodology, neuroscience, development, and personality.

    Communication

    Communicate psychological knowledge and arguments effectively using the most appropriate means utilising clear, discipline appropriate, coherent and well-developed communication skills.

    Digital Literacy

    Utilise online technologies to interact with others, access research and evaluate empirical evidence; and create and disseminate psychology-relevant content.

    Critical thinking

    Identify and critique the factors that contribute to the development of unhealthy mental processes and behaviours, develop arguments, reports, or commentaries based on empirical research and apply the results to affect healthy behaviour change in oneself or others, and; apply the skills required to affect healthy behaviour change in oneself and in others in diverse contexts.

    Problem Solving

    Apply knowledge of the scientific method when addressing problems related to behaviour and mental processes; design, plan, and conduct research that addresses these problems; and apply analytic and statistical skills to interpret the results and validity of research.

    Self-management

    Engage in independent learning as a reflective practitioner to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of the science and practice of psychology; and manage resources, timelines and other constraints to achieve quality and timely outcomes.

    Teamwork

    Collaborate and communicate psychological principles and practices effectively in interdisciplinary teams to work and learn in a range of environments including communities of practice, research and professional practice.

    Global Citizenship

    Embody the values and attitudes of the scientist-practitioner; applying ethical and professional responsibilities to local and global communities and future clients and employers; within diverse cultural, social, and regulatory frameworks.

     

    Careers in psychology – Storm’s story

    Learn about how Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) helped Storm in her role as a Residential Care Worker for MacKillop Family Services. By studying psychology at Deakin, you’ll be ready to begin your journey towards becoming a registered psychologist, or pursue career opportunities in a variety of different industries.

    * 2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
    # ARWU Rankings 2019
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    ^ Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
    ^^ Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)