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Bachelor of Psychology

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

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Explore human behaviour while gaining an understanding of people's wellbeing with CSU's Bachelor of Psychology.

This is a popular field of study helping you to gain insights into human nature relevant to every career and every workplace.

As health professionals, psychologists use the discipline's knowledge to help resolve people's social and behavioural problems and enhance their welfare. As scientists, psychologists undertake research into aspects of human behaviour and mental processes.

The Bachelor of Psychology is delivered by a cohort of industry leaders with valuable professional relationships and networks.

While CSU's four-year Bachelor of Psychology provides you with the minimum academic requirements to pursue a career as a psychologist, you will also be qualified to take up employment in one of the diverse fields in which psychological knowledge is highly valued.

  • Why study this course?

    Reasons to study our Bachelor of Psychology:

    • work with industry leaders in highly interactive and personalised classroom environments
    • benefit from CSU's small classes and personalised learning, supported by dedicated lecturers who are leaders in the field
    • graduates meet the minimum academic requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist
    • choose the study mode that suits you: study online or on campus at Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga
    • you may be eligible to receive credit for prior study and graduate sooner
    • apply to complete part of your course overseas.

    CSU provides you with a comprehensive degree in psychology that will form the foundation for your future career. You will acquire knowledge across a range of key areas, including:

    • cognition
    • developmental and social psychology
    • psychological testing
    • biopsychology
    • psychopathology
    • personality
    • learning theory
    • research methodology.

    You will also study units in sociology and complete a minor study chosen from disciplines including:

    • biology
    • English
    • history and politics
    • human resource management
    • Indigenous studies
    • information technology
    • justice studies
    • management
    • marketing
    • mathematics and statistics
    • philosophy
    • social welfare
    • sociology.

    A broad choice of electives is available, including units on substance abuse, stress and trauma, and the psychology of crime and the legal system. It is important that you choose minors and subjects in consultation with the Course Director to ensure course requirements are met.

    You may also have the opportunity to apply to complete a supervised experience at an international university.

    Meritorious students will be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), and all students must satisfy academic criteria by the end of third year (or equivalent) in order to progress into the fourth year (or equivalent) of this course. Students who do not satisfy the criteria for progression to fourth year will graduate with a three-year psychology degree, theBachelor of Social Science (Psychology).


    The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) may also be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Psychology for students who do not meet the initial entry requirements, as the ATAR (or equivalent) for entry into the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is lower.

  • Career opportunities

    A psychology degree opens many doors. Completion of the course satisfies the minimum academic requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist. You could be a fully registered psychologist with a further two years of training and experience (see above). You could also explore related careers where psychological knowledge is highly prized, in areas such as:

    • counselling
    • social policy and research
    • human resources
    • market research
    • social welfare
    • health
    • educational and correctional facilities.

    National statistics indicate earnings for psychologists are above average and employment opportunities for psychologists are expected to grow very strongly.

  • Professional recognition

    The accrediting body for all psychology courses is the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The peak professional body is the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

    The course is accredited with APAC as a four-year sequence of study. Successful completion of the course satisfies the minimum academic requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist. General registration requires a further two years of training and experience, comprising one of: two years of supervised work experience;  completion of two years of study in an APAC-accredited postgraduate program; or one year of further university study, followed by one year of supervised work experience.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Bachelor of Psychology/Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is a four year degree that splits into two strands in fourth year, a pass strand and an honours strand. Progression into fourth year is dependent upon a high level of academic performance. Students who do not meet the criteria for progression into fourth year will transfer to and graduate from the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) which is a three year degree.

    The pass strand comprises:

    * 19 core psychology subjects (8 points each);
    * two compulsory sociology subjects (8 points each);
    * a minor of six subjects from a cognate discipline (48 points in total), one of which must be a Level 3 subject;
    * two electives (8 points each); and
    * a research project (24 points)

    The Honours strand comprises:

    * 18 core psychology subjects (8 points each);
    * two compulsory sociology subjects (8 points each);
    * a minor of six subjects from a cognate discipline (48 points in total), one of which must be a Level 3 subject;
    * two electives (8 points each); and
    * a dissertation (32 points)

    Core Level 1 to 3 Subjects

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    PSY208 Biopsychology
    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*
    PSY304 Psychopathology
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality
    PSY307 Cognition
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning
    * Students studying by distance education attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

    Compulsory Sociology Subjects

    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    SOC102 Social Inequality

    Minor

    Students must take a minor of six subjects, at least one of which must be at Level 3, in one of the discipline areas listed below. Subjects are delivered internally at the campus or campuses specified in parentheses, however all minor sequences are also available by distance education.

    * Biology (Wagga Wagga)
    * English (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
    Communication (Bathurst* History and Politics (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
    * Human Resource Management (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
    * Information Technology (Bathurst & Wagga Wagga)
    * Justice Studies (Bathurst & Port Macquarie)
    * Management (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
    * Marketing (Bathurst, Port Macquarie & Wagga Wagga)
    * Mathematics and Statistics (Wagga Wagga)
    * Philosophy (Wagga Wagga)
    * Social Welfare (Wagga Wagga)
    * Sociology (Wagga Wagga)

    Note: Students who choose Sociology as a minor complete four sociology subjects (one of which must be a Level 3 subject) in addition to the two compulsory sociology subjects (SOC101 and SOC102); they will need to choose four electives.

    Details of the subjects included in each of these minors may be obtained from FOBJBS-Course@csu.edu.au. On-campus students may have to complete some or all subjects in their chosen minor by distance education mode. Students may take any six subjects from one of the areas listed provided they meet the prerequisites/assumed knowledge requirements and include at least one Level 3 subject. A minor in another discipline may be taken with the approval of the Course Director: email FOBJBS-Course@csu.edu.au.

    Electives

    The two electives (four if the minor is in Sociology) can be chosen from any of the discipline areas listed above or from the following psychology electives:
    PSY211 Psychology of Crime
    PSY214 Health Psychology
    PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
    PSY219 Psychology International Experience
    PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
    PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma

    Pass Strand

    Progression into the pass strand requires a Grade Point Average (GPA) of between 5.0 and 5.99 calculated across Level 2 and 3 core psychology subjects (11), and a minimum GPA of 5.0 for the Level 3 core psychology subjects (6). Students who satisfy these criteria will complete:
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment*
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology*
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)*
    PSY437 Counselling Theory and Practice*
    and two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology – Treatment*
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology*
    PSY423 Industrial/Organisational Psychology*
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience*
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology*
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics*
    * Students attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

    Honours Strand

    Progression into the honours strand requires a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.0 calculated across Level 2 and 3 core psychology subjects (11), and a minimum GPA of 5.0 for the Level 3 core psychology subjects (6). Students who satisfy these requirements, and whose application to transfer into the Honours strand is successful, will complete:
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment*
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology*
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)*
    and two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment*
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology*
    PSY423 Industrial/Organisational Psychology*
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience*
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology*
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics*
    * Students attend a compulsory residential school for this subject

    Key Subjects

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods

    Enrolment pattern

    Suggested Enrolment Patterns

    The following enrolment patterns illustrate how the course is usually completed at a full-time rate over four years for on-campus students, and at a part-time rate over eight years for distance education students. On-campus students may take advantage of the accelerated enrolment patterns set out for the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) course, in order to complete the first three years of this course over two calendar years. Students who choose this option will need to ensure that they satisfy the Bachelor of Psychology course requirements. They will not be able to base any claim of special consideration on their chosen study pattern e.g., as it may relate to academic performance and progression to fourth year or transfer to Honours.

    Full-time On campus (Bathurst)

    Year 1
    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology
    PSY208 Biopsychology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 3
    Session 1
    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY304 Psychopathology
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
    PSY307 Cognition
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    * indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

    Year 4
    All Level 4 psychology subjects are offered in distance education mode and require attendance at compulsory residential schools.

    Pass Stream via Bathurst
    Session 1
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

    Pass Stream via Wagga Wagga
    Session 1
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)^
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)^
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)^
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    ^compulsory residential school held at Bathurst campus

    Honours Stream via Bathurst
    Session 1
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

    Honours Stream via Wagga Wagga
    Session 1
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)#
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    # the first of two compulsory residential schools will be held at Bathurst campus

    On campus (Port Macquarie)

    Year 1
    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    SOC102 Social Inequality*
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    PSY208 Biopsychology*
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 3
    Session 1

    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning *
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY307 Cognition
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
    PSY304 Psychopathology*
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    * indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

    Year 4
    All Level 4 psychology subjects are offered in distance education mode and require attendance at compulsory residential schools.

    Pass Stream via Bathurst
    Session 1

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

    Pass Stream via Wagga Wagga
    Session 1

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)^
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)^
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)^
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    ^compulsory residential school held at Bathurst campus

    Honours Stream via Bathurst
    Session 1

    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

    Honours Stream via Wagga Wagga
    Session 1

    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)#
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    #the first of two compulsory residential schools will be held at Bathurst campus

    On campus (Wagga Wagga)

    Year 1
    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction*
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    PSY208 Biopsychology*
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 3
    Session 1

    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY304 Psychopathology
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Session 2
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
    PSY307 Cognition
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    * indicates subject is offered in the distance education mode only

    Year 4
    All Level 4 psychology subjects are offered in distance education mode and require attendance at compulsory residential schools.

    Pass Stream via Bathurst
    Session 1

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

    Pass Stream via Wagga Wagga
    Session 1

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)^
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)^
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)^
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    ^compulsory residential school held at Bathurst campus

    Honours Stream via Bathurst
    Session 1

    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

    Honours Stream via Wagga Wagga
    Session 1

    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)#
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    #the first of two compulsory residential schools will be held at Bathurst campus

    Distance education

    Year 1
    Session 1

    PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 1
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    Session 2
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology 2
    SOC102 Social Inequality

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY202 Developmental Psychology
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY114 Indigenous Australians and Psychology: An Introduction
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 3
    Session 1

    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY204 Psychological Testing
    Session 2
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective

    Year 4
    Session 1

    [ ] Minor or Elective
    [ ] Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY203 Social Psychology
    PSY208 Biopsychology

    Years 5-6
    Students must complete:
    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (Session 1)
    PSY304 Psychopathology (Session 2)
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality (Session 1)
    PSY307 Cognition (Session 2)
    PSY308 Psychology of Learning (Session 1)
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods (Session 2)

    Year 5
    Session 1

    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (residential school)
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods (residential school)
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

    Year 6
    Session 1

    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
    Session 2
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective
    [ ] Core Level 3 PSY subject or Minor or Elective

    Years 7-8
    All Level 4 psychology subjects are offered in distance education mode and require attendance at compulsory residential schools.

    Pass Stream via Bathurst

    Year 7
    Session 1

    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    Session 2
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

    Year 8
    Session 1

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)
    Session 2
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)

    Pass Stream via Wagga Wagga

    Year 7
    Session 1

    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

    Year 8
    Session 1

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)^
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)^
    Session 2
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)^
    ^compulsory residential school held at Bathurst campus

    Honours Stream via Bathurst

    Year 7
    Session 1

    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    Session 2
    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

    Year 8
    Session 1

    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)
    Session 2
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)

    Honours Stream via Wagga Wagga

    Year 7
    Session 1

    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    Session 2
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

    Year 8
    Session 1

    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(commenced)#
    Session 2
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation (32 points)(completed)
    # the first of two compulsory residential schools will be held at Bathurst campus

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    PSY437 Counselling Theory and Practice
    PSY436 Research Project
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY425 Cognitive Science
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY424 Psychology Honours Dissertation
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods
    PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    8000

    Applicants should note a high level of previous academic achievement is required for admission to this course.

    Applicants who are not basing their application for admission to this course on their ATAR (or equivalent), should note that a high level of previous academic achievement can be used as a basis for application (e.g., a GPA of 5.5  which is between Credit and Distinction grades across 8 university level subjects).

    Applicants who do not meet the entry requirement for the Bachelor of Psychology may be eligible for entry into CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology). Students who perform well in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) may apply to transfer into the Bachelor Psychology in the 3rd year (equivalent full-time) of study.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN211804
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYNNJAPY
    DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYNNIAPY
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYNNEAPY
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYNN211807
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNNKAXM
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKAPC
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNNIAPP
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYNNKAPY
    UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYNN211810

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

  • How to apply
    Transfer into Honours strand

    Students who meet certain eligibility criteria [PDF] may apply to transfer to the Honours stream.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    025518G (Bathurst, Port Macquarie)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    School of Psychology

    Whether you study psychology to advance your knowledge or as a career, CSU’s courses offered through the School of Psychology may be just what you are looking for. The School delivers courses at Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, as well as online, and uses the disciplines knowledge to enhance human well-being. A psychology degree can provide opportunities to gain provisional accreditation to practice as a psychologist. You could also apply your understanding of human nature to bring a compassionate outlook to a career in another field such as human resources or teaching.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS013 - Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on theSTUDY LINKwebsite.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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