Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Psychological Science provides the first three years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) study and training required to prepare graduates for employment in a range of careers that require critical thinking and an understanding of human psychological factors. Many graduates pursue postgraduate training to become registered psychologists to provide clinical services, while others work in psychological research or other community settings. The degree focuses on providing a thorough knowledge of the theoretical basis of psychological science and prepares students to conduct an independent research project. The course strikes a balance between research, theory and application to provide skills relevant to the public and private sectors. Indigenous material is integrated into the curriculum.
- 24 units. The course aims to equip students with analytical skills in solving human, organisational and community-wide problems
- competency in the design of research and interpretation of research findings
- and a comprehensive understanding of statistical methods. The structure moves from basic theory to application, with a strong emphasis on acquisition of an understanding of the scientific principles leading to effective professional practice. Some second and third year units involve applied skills (e.g. personal reflection, demonstration of testing methods and other assessment techniques and methods for facilitating behaviour change) while others emphasise areas in experimental psychology, statistics and research methods.
Standard entry requirements
- Year 12
- Recommended: any 2 units of English
- Or TAFE and VET awards (Certificate III and above)
- Or Undergraduate and Postgraduate study
- Or Work Experience (minimum of 1 year full-time equivalent)
The course has Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation for entrance into postgraduate training.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science, eligible students may undertake a fourth year of study by enrolling in the accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours. Completion of this fourth year of study is the minimal educational qualification for conditional registration as a psychologist in Australia.
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