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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology - 804AA

Course Code: 804AA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Psychology
Discipline of Communication and Media
UAC Code: 362183
CRICOS Code: 054126F
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


The degree in Applied Psychology provides the basic academic training required for those wishing to pursue qualification as a professional psychologist. A solid grounding is provided in all areas of psychology, including social and developmental psychology, learning, psychopathology, perception, biological bases of behaviour, personality and individual differences, cognition, and research methods and statistics. With the growing complexity of psychological knowledge, postgraduate study is essential for professional practice.

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides a flexible preparation for many areas of vocational and professional employment, as well as the broad perspective required for informed citizenship. In the double degree students choose two study areas and undertake a major in each.

A single degree may be taken out when at least 72cp have been attained and the requirements of that degree are met.


Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email
Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

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Assumed Knowledge

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Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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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


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Arts BA
Bachelor of Science in Psychology BSc Psych

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Science in Psychology 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
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
To provide students with a flexible preparation for many areas of vocational and professional employment, as well as the broad perspective required for informed citizenship through an in-depth understanding of three discipline areas.

The course aims to equip students with a range of skills necessary for being an independent thinker, and to improve your ability to deal confidently and effectively with complex reasoning, argumentation and divergent thinking.

Further, the course aims to develop students' capacities to analyse and evaluate complex arguments, to construct strong and convincing arguments and to communicate those arguments effectively. It also aims to develop skills needed for idea generation and creative problem solving.

The course provides foundation units in the first year to develop all the essential generic skills as listed in the UC Generic Skills Policy.

The UC Generic Skills are also developed across the three Majors. While some units in some Majors focus on a few of the Generic Skills, by the completion of a Major, all the skills have been developed. These skills are developed in a general (Foundation units) and discipline specific way (Majors and Open Electives).

The course also provides open electives from any discipline within the University of Canberra.
1. Communication:
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.

2. Analysis and inquiry:
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.

3. Problem solving:
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions.

4. Working independently and with others:
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively.

5. Professionalism and social responsibility:
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.
Knowledge and understanding of the core topics in the discipline of Psychology, as required by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Analysis and Enquiry.
Knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of the discipline of Psychology. 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. Analysis and Enquiry;
Problem solving;
Ability to apply knowledge of the scientific method in a critical way to problems related to behaviour and mental processes, and the ability to distinguish scientific from other forms of evidence. Analysis and Enquiry;
Problem solving.
Understanding and application of values, research and professional ethics in psychological research and other professional contexts. Professionalism and social responsibility;
Working independently and with others.
Ability to write a research report using APA conventions. Ability to effectively communicate orally in a variety of formats. Communication;
Working independently and with others.
Ability to apply knowledge of psychology to a wide variety of areas. Capacity for ongoing independent learning, to sustain personal and professional development. Professionalism and social responsibility;
Working independently and with others.

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time: equivalent part-time. Maximum twenty semesters.


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

Exit awards only Diploma of Health Studies and Associate Degree of Health Studies. In order for the Diploma of Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: - completed 24 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1; - completed a minimum of 12 credit points at UC; and - obtained a minimum of 12 credit points in any of the health disciplines. - In order for the Associate Degree in Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: - completed 48 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 and 12 credit points at Level 2; - completed a minimum of 24 credit points at UC; and - obtained a minimum of 24 credit points in any of the health disciplines.

UCC Pathway

Diploma of International Studies; Diploma of International Studies Extended.


  • 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

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