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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104871
590560
Online (CSP)
104871
590560
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
107547J
Course duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Part-time
6 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
3 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WPSYS2

Award
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Psychology
Health

In the Bachelor of Psychological Science, you will develop an integrated understanding of human behaviour including social-cultural perspective, motivations, health and psychopathology as well as the fundamental premise of psychology as an empirically based science.

Key study areas include:

  • abnormal psychology
  • introduction to forensic psychology
  • counselling.
  • learning and motivation
  • cognitive psychology
  • the biological bases of behaviour
  • research methods
  • social-cultural psychology

The Bachelor of Psychological Science will also prepare you for the Honours program, as well as postgraduate professional coursework or supervised training in psychology.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and will prepare you for entry into an Honours year in psychology. During your studies, you will also be eligible to join the Australian Psychological Society.

Credit transfers and pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

Student profile

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Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

There are no statistics available for this course. It may be that the course is new or the profile data is unavailable.

Course structure


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
 Core Units
 (18 units)
 180cp Compulsory Core units totalling 180 credit points as detailed below. 

HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
IAS142 Ethics and Protocols in Indigenous Contexts
PSY101 Introduction to Research Skills
PSY116 Intercultural Sensitivity and Psychological Communication 
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A
PSY151 Introduction to Psychology B
HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction
PSY203 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
PSY219 Social Psychology
PSY228 Neuroscience and Biological Bases of Behaviour
PSY246 Cognition, Language and Perception
PSY248 Research Design and Analysis
PSY307 Theories of Individual Differences and Personality 
PSY330 Learning and Memory
PSY337 Advanced Research Design and Analysis
PSY356 Motivation and Emotion
PSY363 Abnormal Psychology
PSY365 Applied Community and Health Psychology

 Specialist  Electives
 (6 units)
 60cp Specialist Elective units totalling 60 credit points from the units listed below. 

HSC119 Counselling Theory and Micro Skills
IAS101 Indigenous Australia
PSY144 Traumatology Assessment and Intervention
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services
SWK102 Communication Skills
AOD202 Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health
HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
SPE206 Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology
SWK201 Human Service Organisations
SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work
AOD311 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs
IAS355 Indigenous Knowledges and Wellbeing
PSY311 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
PSY390 Counselling
SPE351 Psychology and Sport

   240cp  Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 ie SBI270.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A CO PSY151 Introduction to Psychology B CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO PSY101 Introduction to Research Skills CO
PSY116 Intercultural Sensitivity and Psychological Communication CO IAS142 Ethics and Protocols in Indigenous Contexts CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
PSY228 Neuroscience and Biological Bases of Behaviour CO PSY246 Cognition, Language, and Perception CO
PSY219 Social Psychology CO PSY203 Developmental Psychology CO
PSY248 Research Design and Analysis CO HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 3
PSY307 Theories of Individual Differences and Personality CO PSY330 Theories of Learning and Memory CO
PSY365 Applied Community and Health Psychology CO PSY337 Advanced Research Design and Analysis CO
PSY356 Motivation and Emotion CO PSY363 Abnormal Psychology CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full-time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 ie SBI270.
Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    PSY151 Introduction to Psychology B CO
    PSY101 Introduction to Research Skills CO
    IAS142 Ethics and Protocols in Indigenous Contexts CO
    Specialist Elective SE
Year 2
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A CO PSY246 Cognition, Language, and Perception CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO PSY203 Developmental Psychology CO
PSY116 Intercultural Sensitivity and Psychological Communication CO HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 3
PSY228 Neuroscience and Biological Bases of Behaviour CO PSY330 Theories of Learning and Memory CO
PSY219 Social Psychology CO PSY337 Advanced Research Design and Analysis CO
PSY248 Research Design and Analysis CO PSY363 Abnormal Psychology CO
Specialist Elective SE Specialist Elective SE
Year 4
PSY307 Theories of Individual Differences and Personality CO    
PSY365 Applied Community and Health Psychology CO    
PSY356 Motivation and Emotion CO    
Specialist Elective SE    

 

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

 

SATAC

 

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

 

UAC

 

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE* course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

MyNextCourse

*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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