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Bachelor of Science in Psychology - 780AA

Course Code: 780AA
Course Version: 4
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Psychology
UAC Code: 365123
CRICOS Code: 054172M
Selection Rank: 58.7
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Understand the ‘why’ at a whole new level

Discover the science behind how and why people think, feel, and behave the way they do with the UC Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In this course, you will learn how to use science and evidence-based practice to understand human behaviour in a wide range of settings. 

In only three years, you will learn the foundations of psychology and gain the knowledge, understanding and the contacts to go on to explore a range of career and study opportunities once you graduate

This course is especially advantageous to those studying double-degrees in law, business, and sport & exercise science – alternatively you can choose to do a secondary major in many areas, including counselling, health science, and sports. 

UC also offers extensive Work Integrated Learning opportunities including placements in local, national and international organisations - if available.

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and opens opportunities for further study in psychology at honours and masters levels. 

Study a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at UC and you will:

  • be introduced to the latest theory, practice, and research in a diverse range of areas of psychology including developmental, physiological, social, and cognitive
  • focus on applied psychology and research
  • be able to choose elective units in sport and performance psychology, health psychology, and forensic psychology
  • gain transferable skills that are highly sought after by a diverse range of employers including critical analysis, communication, problem solving, teamwork, and research
  • graduate from a fully accredited course and be eligible for entry into professional postgraduate training courses in clinical and other areas of psychology

Work Integrated Learning 

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is an integral component of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology journey as it gives students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and build professional relationships through real work, or work-like placements.

This, in turn, enhances each student’s confidence, employability and reinforces our commitment to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills, knowledge, and experience. 

In this course, you will undertake a minimum of 120 hours of practical education where you will work with, and alongside experienced and skilled industry mentors within a local, national or international working environment.

Career opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from UC opens many doors and can lead to a diverse range of study and career options in any of the following areas:

  • psychologist (subject to further studies)
  • human resources
  • policy and research
  • health and welfare
  • public relations
  • media
  • marketing and advertising
  • disability support
  • community health
  • counselling 

Course-specific information

The UC Bachelor of Science in Psychology course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Registration to work as a psychologist requires further study beyond the bachelor’s degree. For students commencing this course, there are two pathways to registration.

  • Complete an accredited one-year honours course in psychology (or equivalent), followed by an accredited one-year master of professional psychology course, followed by one-year’s supervised professional experience.
  • Complete an accredited one-year honours course in psychology (or equivalent), followed by an accredited two-year master of clinical psychology course, or a two-year accredited course in another area of professional psychology (e.g. forensic, organisational, educational, clinical neuropsychology, or sports psychology).

Further information is available at https://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Registration.aspx.

Enquiries

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

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry

Additional Admission Requirements

For Work Integrated Learning (WIL), students may require a Working with Vulnerable People card.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

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

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

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 BSc Psych

Alternate Exit Awards

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

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

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $30,000
2020 CSP $30,200

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

Accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Comprehend and apply theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, as required by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
1.3 UC graduates are professional: Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
3.3 UC graduates are lifelong learners: Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Knowledge of the research methods used by psychologists and ability to apply these methods to design and conduct studies, analyse and interpret results and write research reports. 1.3 UC graduates are professional: Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
2.1 UC graduate are global citizens: Think globally about issues in their profession;
3.4 UC graduates are lifelong learners: Evaluate and adopt new technology.
Apply knowledge and skills of psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate, and sensitive to the diversity of individuals. 2.3 UC graduate are global citizens: Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
2.4 UC graduate are global citizens: Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
2.1 UC graduate are global citizens: Think globally about issues in their profession.
Understanding and application of values, research and professional ethics in psychological research and other professional contexts. 2.6 UC graduate are global citizens: Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives;
1.6 UC graduates are professional: Take pride in their professional and personal integrity;
3.2 UC graduates are lifelong learners: Be self-aware.
Demonstrate interpersonal skills and teamwork. 1.4 UC graduates are professional: Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
2.4 UC graduate are global citizens: Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2.5 UC graduate are global citizens: Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
Demonstrate self-directed pursuit in scholarly inquiry in psychology. 1.5 UC graduates are professional: Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload;
3.1 UC graduates are lifelong learners: Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
2.1 UC graduate are global citizens: Think globally about issues in their profession.
Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats. 1.2 UC graduates are professional: Communicate effectively;
2.4 UC graduate are global citizens: Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
2.2 UC graduate are global citizens: Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries.

Course Duration

Standard 3 years full-time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.

Honours

High performing students may be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) course.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Double Degrees (see individual course entries on this website for details): ARSC01 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology MGSC02 Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Science in Psychology SCHL01 Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Bachelor of Health Science (Human Movement) SCSC01 Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Bachelor of Laws SCSC03 Bachelor of Politics & International Relations/Bachelor of Science in Psychology Alternative exit award Diploma of Health Studies: Students may exit early from the Bachelor course if they have passed 24 credit points that meet the following requirements: a. At least 12 credit points must be at Level 1/B; b. At least 12 credit points must have been completed at University of Canberra; and c. At least 12 credit points must be from units in any of the health disciplines. Alternative exit award Associate Degree of Health Studies: Students may exit early from the Bachelor course if they have passed 48 credit points that meet the following requirements: a. At least 12 credit points must be at Level 1/B and 12 credit points at Level 2/I; b. At least 24 credit points must have been completed at University of Canberra; and c. At least 24 credit points must be from units in any of the health disciplines.

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