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Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) - CC42

Study the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) to become eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

Online

UNITS/CREDITS

6/48

DURATION

1 years full-time, 2 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Online

RECOMMENDED STUDY

Nil

CRICOS

084517J

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is designed for graduates who wish to complete an accredited fourth year in psychology to become eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist within Australia. Eligibility for entry to this course requires successful completion of an accredited three-year course in psychology within the past 10 years, which includes foundational competencies (as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)) and successful completion of year 3 advanced research methods and statistics.

In the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), you will successfully complete 48 units of credit to satisfy the requirements of the award. You will be introduced to applied and professional uses of psychology as well as professional ethics and an appreciation of the social and cultural contexts of psychological research and professional practice. You will also undertake advanced research training and have the opportunity to conduct your own original piece of research that may lead to publication in a professional journal. Successful completion of this course will fulfil the pre-professional competencies and standards of a Psychology Honours degree as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Residential schools

You will be required to attend a compulsory residential school during your course. If studying these units during Term 1, the residential school will generally be held at CQU Rockhampton. If completing these units during Term 2, the residential school will generally be held at CQU Adelaide. Final details of residential school scheduling will be released to students closer to the residential school.  

Core Units 6 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Course structure

You are required to complete six core units. Term 1 and Term 2 intakes are considered separate and independent streams and therefore students will need to follow the relevant study sequence for their term of commencement. 

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.

Broad career opportunities

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.

Course options to suit your career goals

Explore a broad range of psychology course options to suit your career aspirations and goals. Choose from the:

Bachelor of Psychological Science

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.

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Like the Bachelor of Psychological Science, this course is an accredited three-year psychology course. The course is designed for those with an existing bachelor degree. If you do not have an existing degree, you will need to enrol in the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

This is an accredited fourth-year psychology honours course. In this course, you will be introduced to applied and professional uses of psychology as well as professional ethics and gain an appreciation of the social and cultural contexts of psychological research and professional practice. You will undertake advanced research training and conduct an original piece of research. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Postgraduate psychology options

Interested in a career as a clinical psychologist? You will need to complete an accredited Psychology Board of Australia pathway. Following the completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), you may consider applying for CQUni's Master of Clinical Psychology (CG17). This course allows you to register as a general psychologist and apply for endorsement as a clinical psychologist. Alternatively, our Master of Professional Psychology (CL68) is an accredited fifth-year psychology course that allows for a final year supervised internship to then register as a psychologist.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online

2023 Application Deadlines

  • Applications for Term 1, 2023, open on Monday, 1 August 2022 and close on Monday, 31 October 2022.
  • Applications for Term 2, 2023, open on Thursday, 1 December 2022 and close Friday, 31 March 2023.

Course Commencement

Successful applicants will be required to take up their offer of a place for the year and term for which it is offered. If your application is successful and you are not able to take up the place offered, you will need to re-apply competitively for a place starting in any subsequent year or term. 


Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
There is a compulsory residential school for the unit PSYC14051 Research Project A within the first term of commencing the course.

Student Profile

If you would like to read about the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2022.

Institute Profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is designed for graduates who have completed a three year, accredited Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) degree in psychology and who wish to complete an APAC accredited fourth year.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must hold:
  • An APAC accredited 3-year Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor Degree, or equivalent APAC accredited bridging program; and
  • Achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 from your second and third year approved APAC psychology sequence units.
Qualifications completed more than 10 years ago, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please supply evidence of your work/life experience, professional development or research work relevant to psychology for assessment.

Note: Qualifications completed overseas must be assessed for comparability to an Australian psychology education pathway for entry into an APAC accredited course in psychology. This assessment must be completed by the Australian Psychology Society (APS) before students are eligible for entry into CC42.

Admission to the course is competitive, with a limited number of places available. Offers are determined on the basis of academic merit.

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
  • tertiary 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 overall 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 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; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in advanced English (CAE) - Overall score of 169 or above (with no individual band score of less than 154); or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above.
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 www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Security Requirements

N/A

Health Requirements

N/A

Assumed Knowledge

Nil

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) qualifies you to apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and allows you to work across a wide and diverse range of areas including:

  • child safety officer
  • clinical work
  • counselling
  • neuropsychology
  • child development
  • education
  • forensic
  • health
  • organisational and sports psychology
  • school guidance officer
  • teaching and research.

The CQUniversity Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and as such, successful completion of this course will mean that you are qualified to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Provisionally registered psychologists are required to undertake a minimum of two years industry supervision or a relevant postgraduate course, such as the CQUniversity Master of Clinical Psychology to be eligible for full professional accreditation as a registered psychologist. As a registered psychologist the opportunity exists to gain employment in a wide range of fields such as clinical psychology, counselling, clinical neuropsychology, educational, forensic, health, organisational and sports psychology, as well as teaching and research (which do not require professional registration).

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and qualifies you to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist.

Provisionally registered psychologists are required to undertake a minimum of two years industry supervision or complete a relevant postgraduate course (such as CQUniversity's Master of Clinical Psychology) to be eligible for full professional accreditation as a registered psychologist.

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Your actual 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. The Australian Government loan scheme HECS-HELP assists you in paying your student contributions. You can choose 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. 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. 

Tertiary Admission Centre codes are not applicable for this course.

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.

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Application Deadlines

  • Applications for Term 1, 2023, have closed.
  • Applications for Term 2, 2023, are open and close on Friday, 31 March 2023. 
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