Gain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia
140 hours of industry experience
Pathway to Victoria’s only organisational psychology program
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2020 close 5 July 2020
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2020 close 1 November 2020
Current Deakin Students
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Study the mind and its processes, behaviour and mental states. With increasing focus on mental health in contemporary society, career prospects for psychology graduates are strong and varied. The honours year included in this course prepares you for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA), and sets you on the pathway to full registration.
Do you want to understand human behaviour, personality and emotion, and use those skills to help people?
This course differs to the Bachelor of Psychological Science and the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), as it provides you with the opportunity to complete honours in psychology as part of your final year, enabling you to register as a provisional psychologist with the PBA.
You can then pursue two distinct paths: further study in pursuit of full registration as a psychologist, or employment that doesn’t require registration, such as:
- social work
- youth work
- careers counselling
- life counselling
- mental health rehabilitation
- social research
- human resources management
- developmental psychology.
Psychology is about 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 will equip you with the skills and strategies to be able to help people, no matter which area of psychology you pursue.
Deakin is the only university in Victoria where you can study specialist psychology majors during your undergraduate degree. Start following your passion sooner with a major in Child and Family, Organisational Studies or Forensic Studies. In addition to your chosen major sequence, you will cover a number of broad areas of psychology, including:
- behavioural and clinical neuroscience
- child and adolescent psychology
- cognitive psychology
- forensic psychology
- relationships and the psychology of groups.
As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist and for entry into APAC accredited master’s or doctoral-level training programs that lead to registration as a psychologist.
Students wishing to become fully registered psychologists can apply to continue their study by undertaking one of the following Deakin postgraduate courses:
- Master of Psychology (Clinical)
- Master of Psychology (Organisational)
- Master of Professional Psychology
- Doctor of Psychology (Clinical).
Deakin’s School of Psychology is one of the largest and most progressive psychology departments in Australia. The School has strong partnerships with industry, including collaborative activities with government agencies, public and private organisations, hospitals and other universities.
These partnerships ensure that your degree remains relevant to industry and workforce needs. You’ll be in high demand by employers who want graduates that are ready to face problems with confidence.
During this course you will get the chance to build real-world experience by electing to undertake the Psychology at Work (Internship) unit in your third year of study, giving you 140 hours of practical industry placement, strengthening your employment prospects.
¹There 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.Read More
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 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
plus one level 1 elective unit from any discipline
Level 1 - Trimester 2
plus two level 1 elective units from any discipline
Level 2 - Trimester 1
plus two level 2 elective units from psychology or any discipline
Level 2 - Trimester 2
plus one level 2 or level 3 HPS psychology elective unit AND one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 1
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
Level 4 - Trimester 2
The following majors are available within the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
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.
students may choose to take elective units in other disciplines
The remaining eight electives may include other psychology units such as:
2020 course information
1400515151 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400615151 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- 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 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).
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
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.
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All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
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Applicants should have successfully completed a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry will be based on performance in:
- Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent
- Certificate IV in a related discipline or
- Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline or
- Successful completion of relevant study – equivalent to at least two Deakin University units – at an accredited higher education institution
- Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including Foundation program approved by Faculty Board, or relevant work or life experience
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 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - 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.
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
Learn more about fees.
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.
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View pathways into the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with our pathways finder.This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs, including PhD
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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.
If you are ready to take your psychology career further, the option to become a fully registered psychologist is available by undertaking a master’s or doctorate qualification in psychology.
If you choose to pursue full registration as a psychologist, you may find employment in a variety of roles, including:
- clinical psychologist
- cognitive neuroscientist
- criminal psychologist
- educational and developmental psychologist
- family therapist
- forensic psychologist
- health and community psychologist
- mental health officer
- organisational psychologist
- rehabilitation counsellor
- social worker
- sport and exercise psychologist
- youth psychologist.
The contexts in which you work may include:
- private clinics and practices
- public and private hospitals
- business corporate organisations
- schools and universities
- government departments and agencies
- community sporting clubs and institutes
- various social research organisations.
If your passion is not to complete further study to become a registered psychologist, there are still many diverse career options available, including child protection, family support, human services, marketing and communications, not-for-profit aid, public health, social work and youth work.
All of the psychology courses offered at Deakin meet the requirements of the PBA and the Australian Psychological Society (APS), translating into excellent job and career opportunities for our graduates. Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
The Psychology Board of Australia is retiring the 4 plus 2 internship pathway. The last date to commence the internship part of this program is 30 June 2022. Any current students enrolled in a Deakin undergraduate psychology course who will graduate from their fourth (honours) year before this date, and meet the criteria set out by the board, may still be able to complete the 2 year internship. Any students looking to commence their Deakin undergraduate psychology course from 2020 onwards, will be unable to complete this specific pathway to general registration. For the most up to date information on the internship pathway, and other pathways to general registration, visithttps://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/ .
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. Demonstrate understanding of advanced knowledge (theoretical, empirical and practical) in the areas of psychological assessment, counselling, advanced research methods and research practice.
Demonstrate clear written and oral communication skills in order to convey complex psychological knowledge and ideas to laypeople and professionals.
Apply advanced skills to select appropriate digital tools to source, interpret, adapt, collate, analyse and disseminate discipline specific information in psychology to a variety of audiences relevant to pre-professional practice of psychology.
Competence in the design and conduct of research, critically evaluate, synthesise and integrate complex scientific evidence, and apply this knowledge to assessment, counselling and case management that demonstrate evidence-based pre-professional practice in the field of psychology.
Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical inquiry and the scientific approach to solve problems related to research and applied skills (psychological assessment, counselling and case-management) in the field of psychology.
Display high level self-management through reflection, continual improvement and learning that reinforces the importance of responsibility and accountability for pre-professional development in the field of psychology.
Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts with diverse ethnic and cultural partners and teams.
Demonstrate, report and apply ethical principles to understand how to work productively in the field of psychology within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts by collaborating and communicating in a self-reflective and culturally sensitive manner.
Careers in psychology – clinical psychologist
Get an insight into studying psychology at Deakin and some of the career pathways available. Hear from Dave about his journey to becoming a clinical psychologist, and how Deakin helped to prepare him for his work and research in men’s mental health.
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