Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Rank thresholdATAR: 74 SR: 74
Duration4.5 years full-time, 9 years part-time
Location
Online
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCL51
First-year fee
$15,398 (Indicative) (CSP)
Forensic psychology student learning

Overview

Develop a broad knowledge of law and psychology and an appreciation of the social and cultural contexts of legal and psychological research and professional practice. As a graduate of this dual degree, you will be highly sought after in a wide range of specialisations whether you wish to pursue a career as a legal professional, undertake further study to practice as a registered psychologist or work in people-oriented vocations requiring a sound understanding of human behaviour.

The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) provides you with a highly marketable qualification and a comprehensive overview of the disciplines of law and psychology. The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) requires students to have completed a bachelor degree for entry, hence students will need to complete the Bachelor of Laws first or rely on a bachelor’s degree they have already completed.

You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the methodologies and statistical techniques commonly used by researchers for information gathering and analysis, which you can apply when undertaking research activities.

In the Bachelor of Laws, you will learn all areas of law required to satisfy professional accreditation through the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. The course enables you to proceed to practice as a legal practitioner after completing the required professional training. During your studies, you will learn about legal procedures and key legislation, and be given the opportunity to develop skills necessary to identify, analyse and evaluate facts in relation to legal frameworks.

The core areas of law covered in the course match those required for admission to the legal profession (Priestley 11) and other requirements of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee including statutory interpretation, criminal law and procedure, contracts, torts, federal and state constitutional law, equity (including trusts), administrative law, property, company law, evidence, ethics and professional responsibility and civil dispute resolution.

If you complete the course with a GPA of 5.5 or above in your level 2 and level 3 Psychology units you may be eligible for a place in our Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) course, which will prepare you for conditional registration as psychologists in Australia, as well as for coursework and/or research higher degree studies in psychology

You will benefit from the flexibility to study online to allow you to balance your study, work, family and other commitments. With flexibility in mind, you have the option to undertake experiential learning opportunities including moot simulations, developing legal apps, pro bono community service opportunities and the option to seek out work placements. Discover more about studying law at CQUni and the range of support available to students.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

This course is an approved academic qualification for admission to the legal profession and is accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board of Queensland. You are also required to undertake a further period of practical legal training before being admitted as a legal practitioner. You may then be admitted in any Australian jurisdiction.

APAC accreditation has been granted for recognition of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) as a three year undergraduate degree in Psychology. Please note that completion of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) does not meet the minimum requirement for provisional registration as a practicing Psychologist, for which a 4th year of accredited study is required.

You may also be eligible for Student membership or Affiliate membership of the Australian Psychological Society.

Structure & Availability

 

Course structure

You are required to complete 28 core units consisting of 16 law units and 12 psychology units. You will have the option to study an eight-unit major, or two, four-unit minors in an area of law.

 

The course is designed to give you a strong grounding in both the disciplines of law and psychology. Assessment is overseen through university governance processes, along with the discipline's pastoral responsibility. The course adheres to CQUniversity's academic standards and continual renewal and improvement framework.

Please note: The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) requires you to have completed a bachelor degree for entry, hence you will need to complete the Bachelor of Laws first or rely on a bachelors degree they have already completed.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

 

 

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

 

Online Availability

IntakeLocations
Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 3, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online
Term 3, 2025Available Online

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has no residential schools.

Professional Practice - Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (Queensland)

Core

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and as such, successful completion of this course will mean that you are eligible to apply for an APAC accredited 4th year honours course in Psychology.

Legal Practicum - LAWS12073

Students will be able to undertake at their option an overseas or domestic practicum placement or engagement with a complex work simulation.

Requirements

Rank Threshold

The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course.

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 74 | ATAR 74.0

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.

 

 

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023 view our Institute Profile.

 

Recommended study

No recommended study required

Prerequisites

English (Units 3 and 4, C)

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.  Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no ore than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

None.
The capstone unit LAWS12073 Legal Practicum may have security requirements if students choose an overseas placement. Legal Practicum students will be given orientation with regards to applied ethics in the workplace; professional obligations.
You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$15,398
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$18,343.50

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
Northern TerritoryOnline: 150122
South AustraliaOnline: 150122
TasmaniaOnline: 150122
QueenslandOnline: 856505
New South WalesOnline: 160122
Western AustraliaOnline: 150122
VictoriaOnline: 150122

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations, such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.


What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQU.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Apply via UAC
Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.


Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni

Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.

ApplyCQUNI


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQU, apply direct.

As a past CQU student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQU for this course. To apply directly, your prior study with CQU must be a completed or partially completed CQU course or unit, including:

  • CQU’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQU certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.