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Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) (Honours)

Understand and explain human behaviour

The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) (Honours) is a one-year, APAC-accredited Honours degree that allows you to continue your studies in psychology.

You’ll complete advanced coursework in statistics, theoretical issues, ethics and professional practice, and gain a comprehensive introduction to the legislation that governs the practice of psychology in Australia. 

You will also complete a research project and dissertation on an issue or aspect of psychology that interests you.

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) (Honours) enables you to pursue further pathways towards obtaining general registration as a psychologist, including applying for admission to a master’s program.

First intake Semester 1, 2023. Application closed for Semester 1 2023.

Location

CRICOS code

110838E

Duration

1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

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Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Duration
1 year 1 year
CRICOS code
110838E
UniSC program code
SC407
Program structure
Coursework component (4) 48 units

PSY400 Research Methods and Analysis 4
PSY401 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Psychology
PSY402 Professional Practice of Psychology
PSY403 Ethical and Professional Issues In Psychology

Dissertation component (2) 48 units

PSY408A Research Dissertation A(0 units)
PSY408B Research Dissertation B(48 units)

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

 

The entry requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) (Honours) are:

• completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited qualifying psychology degree within the last 10 years. The qualifying degree may be: I. a three year undergraduate psychology degree (or first three years of an accredited four year degree); or II. a Graduate Diploma in psychology for applicants who completed an undergraduate degree in a different discipline; and

• a minimum Credit average in second and third year psychology courses / graduate diploma psychology courses. There is a limited number of honours places available. Selection will be based on applicants’ order of merit on second and third year psychology courses / graduate diploma psychology courses. Thus, a higher than minimum GPA may be required to be offered a place.

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Recommended prior study
English

Career opportunities

  • Community work
  • Disability support officer
  • Exercise science
  • Health and education services
  • Human resource management
  • Research
  • Training and development

Accreditation

This Honours degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

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Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to USC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

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