Bachelor of Psychological Science

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

ACU's undergraduate psychology programs help students to acquire knowledge, assimilate conceptual understandings and develop skills of application that are valuable to the enhancement of human functioning in a broad range of professional settings. Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science will complete a sequence in psychology that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This sequence will ensure graduates acquire an advanced understanding of human behaviour, as well as highly regarded employability skills, including critical analysis and rational thinking; ethical decision making; scientific thinking and research capabilities; measurement and analysis of data; problem solving skills; written and verbal communication; interpersonal skills, including foundational counselling skills; and lifelong learning skills.This learning helps to prepare all students for optional further postgraduate study which may lead to registration as a professional psychologist.Therefore, the aims of ACU's Bachelor of Psychological Science are to facilitate the development of knowledge, conceptual understandings, and skills that are relevant in a broad array of employment contexts; provide an accredited 3 year sequence in psychology which enables graduates to pursue postgraduate study and training options in psychology and other related disciplines.Our graduates will make meaningful contributions to improving the outcomes of clients, customers, colleagues and collaborators in a diverse range of settings including, but not limited to: government departments, private sector, schools, business, and not-for-profit organisations. The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) also offers an accredited psychology sequence. The main difference between these two programs is that the Bachelor of Psychological Science includes a minor in counselling, whereas the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) includes a minor in arts.

Course Fee:

International: $66,792

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; QLD: English (4, SA); NSW: English; VIC: Units 3 & 4: study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.


240 credit points consisting of: 140 cp from Psychology Specified Units including the program core unit PSYC313 Social Psychology; 40 cp from Counselling units including the program core unit COUN226 Ethical and Professional Issues in Counselling; 20 cp from University Core Curriculum Units; 10 cp from HUMA247 Community Engagement and the Civic Professional; 30 cp from Electives (at least one general and at least one psychology elective).

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

High-achieving graduates from this program may be eligible to apply for fourth year studies in Psychology (Honours degree in Psychological Science or Graduate Diploma in Psychology).

Further information:

ACU has one other undergraduate degree that also offers an APAC accredited sequence: Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), which includes minor sequences in Arts disciplines. The Bachelor of Psychological Science differs from this degree in that it offers a minor sequence in Counselling. Career paths: Counselling; Child welfare and development; Community work; Education; Health; Human resources; Marketing and Market research


The Bachelor of Psychological Science is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as an accredited three-year undergraduate degree in Psychology. Those students who complete the Honours program will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia, as well as becoming eligible for associate membership with the Australian Psychological Society.

Accepts International Students:


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Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 59.2 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 59.2 No Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Full time 3 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 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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