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Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) - 769AA

Course Code: 769AA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Psychology
CRICOS Code: 056139G
Selection Rank: H
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Prepare for a stellar career in Psychology

The Honours course in Psychology extends what you learned in the undergraduate degree about how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do.

The course will develop your understanding of the complexities of human behaviour, and the professional, ethical, and social contexts of the science and practice of psychology. As part of this course you will also conduct an independent research project that will be written as a thesis and may lead to publication.

This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

On graduation  you will be eligible for provisional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, which means you can then apply for entry into the Master of Clinical Psychology course.

Study a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at UC and you will:

  • Gain advanced knowledge in psychological assessment and intervention, ethics, and research
  • Conduct an independent research project, leading to a thesis
  • Develop a sophisticated understanding of professional practice in psychology
  • Graduate from a fully accredited course and be eligible for provisional registration and entry into master’s courses in clinical psychology and other areas of professional practice.

Career opportunities

A range of career opportunities exists for Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) graduates, including:

  • Provisionally-registered psychologist (undertaking two-years professional supervision)
  • Human resources officer
  • Policy and research officer
  • Social policy researcher
  • Career development practitioner
  • Immigration and correctional officer
  • Counsellors
  • Health promotion officer.

Course specific information

Entry into the honours course requires completion of an APAC-accredited three-year undergraduate course in psychology, with a Distinction average in the psychology units.

UC Honours in Psychology Handbook 2020

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email student.centre@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

This course has closing dates to submit applications that vary from standard UC application submission dates. For a semester 1 start, applications are due by the 31st October; for a semester 2 start, applications are due by 30th June.

Applicants must meet the following minimum entry requirements:
A) completion of a qualifying psychology degree which is accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) or equivalent* within the last 10 years. The qualifying degree can be either:
i) a three year undergraduate psychology course or
ii) a Graduate Diploma for candidates who previously completed an undegraduate degree in a different discipline
B) Credit average in the APAC-required second and third year psychology units or graduate diploma units.

Entry is competitive. Applications are ranked by performance (GPA) in the APAC-required second and third year psychology / graduate diploma units. Thus, a higher than minimum GPA is generally needed to be offered a place.

* Equivalency is as determined by the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) BSc Psych (Hons)

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2020 CSP $32,600

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge and understanding of Psychology:
Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the core topics of psychology, as outlined by the National Accreditation Body (currently APAC).
Analysis and enquiry;
Communication
Research methods in psychology:
Understand, apply, and evaluate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation, and the appropriate use of technologies.
Analysis and enquiry;
Communication;
Problem solving;
Working independently and with others
Values in psychology:
Value empirical evidence; tolerate ambiguity during the search for greater understanding of behaviour and knowledge structures; act ethically and professionally; understand the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity; and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
Professionalism and social responsibility
Communication skills in psychology:
Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts.
Communication
Learning and application of psychology:
Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organisational issues.
Communication;
Problem solving;
Working independently and with others.

Course Duration

Standard two semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum six semesters. Students commencing in semester 2 can only enrol part-time.

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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