Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The program gives students the benefits of an arts degree in addition to an approved Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence in psychology. Once this degree is completed, graduates who want a career in psychology can then take a fourth year in psychological science in order to become a practising psychologist. In the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), students complete an APAC accredited sequence in psychology and a minor in arts. An alternative program, the Bachelor of Psychological Science also offers an APAC accredited sequence in psychology. In the Bachelor of Psychological Science, students complete an APAC accredited sequence in psychology and a minor in counselling. The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) is different from the Bachelor of Psychological Science as it offers arts minor units. This means students can study subjects from a broad range of humanities areas including: drama; economics; communication; history; geography; literature; philosophy; theological studies.

Course Fee:

International: $66,792

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW Assumed knowledge: mathematics (other than general mathematics 2) for study in mathematics, recommended: visual arts for study in visual arts; QLD: English (4, SA); VIC: Units 3 & 4: study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English. International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.


240 credit points consisting of 160 from 2 Arts Majors or 1 Arts Major and 2 Arts Minors; 20 cp from HUMA111 Arts Advantage and HUMA247 Community Engagement and the Civic Professional; 20 cp from University Core Units; 10 cp from Program Core Units; (other than HUMA111 Arts Advantage) and no more than 40 cp from Electives.

Subjects you can Study:


Further information:

Students are required to complete a Learning in the Community unit to meet graduation requirements.The unit requires the completion of a total of 15 days service to a community organisation usually by the end of year 2.


Students have the opportunity to complete an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence in Psychology

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 58.8 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 58.8 No Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 60.5 No Full time 3 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 60.5 No Part time 6 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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