Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Arts

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

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; andlifelong learning skills.This learning helps to prepare all students for optional further postgraduate study which may lead to registration as a professional psychologist.The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to produce knowledgeable, articulate and innovative graduates recognised by their skills to think systematically and critically, gather and evaluate evidence from many and diverse sources, communicate clearly, and apply ethical principles to decision making for variety of professional and industries.The program offers the choice of more than 20 majors and minors in the humanities, social sciences and visual and performing arts to encourage students to design their own academic program that reflects their intellectual interests and career aspirations.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.

Structure

320 credit points. Students will complete 100 hours community engagement when they undertake the unit PSYC310 Psychological Services Experience during the third year of their course.

Subjects

  • Arts
  • Epistemology and hermeneutics
  • Ethics and applied ethics
  • History of philosophy
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Psychology
  • Social and political philosophy

Standard entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:New South Wales Assumed Knowledge: For study in Mathematics: Mathematics (Band 3) (other than Mathematics General 2)Prerequisites: English (Standard) (Band 2) or English (Advanced) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3)Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.Assumed Knowledge: For study in Mathematics: Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Recognition

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist. Please note that after completion of an APAC accredited undergraduate degree, a further minimum of three years education and training in psychology are required to register as a psychologist in Australia.

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).

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $97,344 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $97,344
  • ATAR: 58.5
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) International: $97,344 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) International: $97,344
  • ATAR: 58.5
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Further information

Career paths for this course - Counselling; Child welfare and development; Community work; Education; Health; Human resources; Marketing and Market research; Fourth year study in psychology to pursue a career in psychology.

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