Bachelor of Psychological Science - CC43
Study the Bachelor of Psychological Science to get a comprehensive overview of the psychology discipline.
There's still time to apply for Term 1, 2021. We are accepting applications direct to CQUniversity until midnight Friday, 5 March 2021. View the How to Apply section below to find out more.
Online, On Campus
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Adelaide, Bundaberg, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville, Online
English (Units 3 and 4, C)
No recommended study required
The aim of this course is to give you a comprehensive overview of the scientific discipline of psychology and its applications. The course is delivered in accordance with the foundational (level one) competencies for three-year undergraduate psychology programs as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). You will acquire an understanding of the underlying principles, theories and concepts within the discipline. In addition, you will develop knowledge of the range of core research areas that make up the discipline, and an understanding of the methodologies and statistical techniques used by researchers for information gathering and analysis. There will be opportunities for you to explore applied and professional uses of psychology. In addition, you will be introduced to psychological theory, research, and applied and professional uses of psychology in an ethical and culturally responsive context.
Upon completion of this course, you will have a highly marketable qualiﬁcation. This course is universally acknowledged as an indication of competence and achievement in understanding human thought and behaviour that can be applied in a variety of people-oriented vocations. Graduating with this qualification, however, will not allow you to call yourself a 'psychologist'. This requires further study involving an honours course (4th year of study) and then an accredited Psychology Board of Australia pathway.
Successful completion of an accredited three-year psychology sequence of study will mean you are eligible to apply for a competitive entry position in the 4th year of study through our honours course (CC42). Honours level study will prepare you for either the coursework necessary for conditional registration as a psychologist in Australia and/or research higher degree studies in psychology.
If you have successfully completed the ﬁrst year of the course, but do not wish to continue in the course you may request to exit the course with a Diploma in Behavioural Science.
Note: If you already have an existing bachelor's degree and wish to obtain an accredited three-year psychology sequence, consider enrolling in CF59 Bachelor of Science (Psychology).
|Core Units||16||Major Units||None|
You are required to complete 16 core units and up to eight electives.
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.
|Term 1 - 2021||Adelaide, Bundaberg, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville|
|Term 1 - 2022||Adelaide, Bundaberg, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville|
|Term 2 - 2021||Adelaide, Bundaberg, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville|
|Term 2 - 2022||Adelaide, Bundaberg, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville|
|Term 1 - 2021||Available Online|
|Term 1 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2021||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 3 - 2020||Available Online|
|Term 3 - 2021||Available Online|
|Term 3 - 2022||Available Online|
The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course.
The rank cut-off score is the competitive rank that was required to gain entry to this course in Term 1 2020. It will vary from year to year as it is a historical guide of past performance and is based on actual scores from Term 1, 2020. The unadjusted score details the ranks before any adjustment schemes or factors were applied and the adjusted score details the ranks if these were applied.
If you would like to know more about entry scores and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2020.
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2019 view our Institute Profile.
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 more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
International students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Not everyone with a psychology degree goes on to work as a psychologist and people with a psychology degree are employed in a wide band diverse range of areas including:
- child safety officer
- clinical work
- child development
- school guidance officer
In order to use the title Psychologist, you must first take a 4 year honours level course, such as our Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and then either seek work based training or apply for admission onto a specialised higher degree.
|Fee Category||Commonwealth Supported Place|
|What is a Commonwealth Supported Place?||A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.|
|Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place?||
You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
|Fee Type||Student Contribution|
|What is a Student contribution?||As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.|
|What is my Student Contribution?||
Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
The majority of units within this course fall within Band 1. Some units may fall within Band 2 and/or 3.
Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.
You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.
|HECS-HELP and payment options||
HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
|Other Fees||You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.|
|Other study costs||You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.|
At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.
|New South Wales||ONL: 160531|
|Queensland||ONL: 850525; TVL: 800521; BDG: 810521; ROK: 850521; CNS: 820521|
|Western Australia||ONL: 150531|
|South Australia||ADL: 5C4004|
If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.
Study a psychology course at CQUniversity and explore your interest in human behaviour.
You will graduate with skills and knowledge that are transferrable to a wide array of people-oriented professions. Our psychology courses are taught by a teaching team with diverse and extensive psychological experience from practising clinical psychologists, to avid psychology researchers, all of whom are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and perspectives with you. You will study an accredited course that prepares you for further study in psychology, and a diverse range of rewarding careers.
The Bachelor of Psychological Science is an ideal starting point, this course offers you a wealth of career opportunities in professions that require an understanding of human behaviour such as human resources, business management, counselling and more. It also provides an accredited pathway to further education and training in psychology.
You will gain a comprehensive overview of the science of psychology and an understanding of key psychological principles and theories relating to human thought and behaviour that can be applied to a diverse range of people-oriented professions. The course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Upon completion, should you wish to pursue a pathway towards a career as a psychologist, you will be able to apply for an accredited fourth-year psychology honours course.
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.
APPLYING FOR TERM 1, 2021?
There's still time to apply and start your studies in Term 1, 2021. Although the main Tertiary Admission Centres are now closed, we are still accepting applications direct to CQUniversity. Applications for Term 1, 2021 will close at midnight Friday, 5 March 2021.
Apply Direct - All States (Excluding Western Australia)
If you live in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory or Tasmania, submit your application direct to CQUniversity using the Apply Direct button at the bottom of the How to Apply section.
Apply via ApplyCQUni - Western Australia and CQUni Partner Hubs
If you live in Western Australia, or wish to study with our Murray River Study Hub, Geraldton Universities Centre or Uni Hub Spencer Gulf, submit your application via ApplyCQUni.
APPLYING FOR TERM 2, 2021?
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 CQUni.
Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centreView 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||Apply via UAC|
|Victoria; Tasmania||Apply via VTAC|
|South Australia; Northern Territory||Apply via SATAC|
|Western 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|
|Geraldton Universities Centre||Supported online study which may include local tutorial support, and access to local study facilities.|
|Uni Hub Spencer Gulf||Supported online study which may include local tutorial support, and access to local study facilities.|
|Murray River Study Hub||Access to local study facilities|
Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.
As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:
- CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
- A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.