Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

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Focus on science. This degree allows you to study psychology and core sciences at the same time. Learn about human behaviour, motivation, relationships and communication in one of today’s fastest growing disciplines.

You will also acquire important skills and knowledge in key areas of science, such as:

  • biology
  • physiology
  • anatomy
  • chemistry
  • wellness

This course offers you a more scientific approach to the Bachelor of Psychology. By selecting appropriate combinations of elective units, you may obtain a specialisation in psychology together with a second science specialisation from Human Bioscience, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Nutrition.

Our Psychology degrees are accredited by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Course essentials

Careers

This degree will prepare you for a career as a behavioural scientist where you can delve into human behaviour, motivation, relationships and communication; specialise in a particular area of science including bioscience, chemistry, biochemistry or nutrition; or continue to postgraduate studies and become a psychologist.  The course provides preparation for a fourth year of study in psychology if you wish to gain accreditation and associate membership with the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC), and professional accreditation with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA).

Job titles

  • Behavioural  scientist
  • Researcher
  • Counsellor
  • Policy developer
  • Human resources manager

Organisations employing science psychology graduates

Graduates can find work in a wide range of organisations, including in public sector and community health care and social assistance organisations, as well as in the private sector.

Salaries

Counsellors in Australia earn an average salary of A$55,000 per year (Job Outlook).

With additional postgraduate studies, practising psychologists in Australia earn an average of A$70,700 (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

Employment prospects for psychologists are expected to grow very strongly to 2017. (Job Outlook).

In-demand skills

This degree will develop skills and knowledge sought after by employers in areas such as statistical analysis and critical thinking, and provide an excellent grounding to enter the workforce or continue to further study.

Study pathways

If you have completed a diploma or advanced diploma at VU, you may be guaranteed a place in this bachelor degree, and in some cases receive credit for previous study to shorten the time it takes to complete this degree.

Find out if your prior study is your pathway to this degree.

Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning)

Get credit for your work, study and life experience through our Advanced Standing process.

Find out more about Advanced Standing.

Course objectives

Graduates of this course will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and critical awareness of theories and principles underlying science and psychology, which will prepare students for work in professional scientific or human services contexts, or entry into a fourth year of study in either science or psychology;
2. Apply skills to review, analyse, consolidate, and synthesise knowledge and research in the science and psychology disciplines;
3. Apply cognitive, technical, and problem solving skills in planning and executing scientific and social research (under appropriate supervision);
4. Use communication skills that enable a clear, coherent, and independent presentation and evaluation of knowledge and ideas;
5. Adapt knowledge and skills with initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving, and decision making within diverse work contexts, including practical scientific or human services settings; and
6. Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills when working with others in an environmentally, socially, and culturally sensitive and responsible manner.

Units and electives

To complete the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) in total consisting of:

  • 108 credit points (equivalent to 9 units) Core psychology units
  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) psychology Elective unit
  • Social research methods units APP2030 and APP2040 (to be completed in 2nd year)
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) Core science units (completed in 1st years)
  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) Elective science units (24 credit points completed each in 1st and 2nd year, 48 credit points in 3rd year)

Students may wish to consult their course coordinator regarding their choice of science electives if they wish to focus on a particular area of science.

Year 1, Semester 1

Plus 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) first year science elective

Year 1, Semester 2

Plus 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) first year science elective

Year 2, Semester 1

Plus 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) second year science elective

Year 2, Semester 2

Plus 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) second year science elective

And 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) psychology elective

Year 3, Semester 1

Plus 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) third year science elective

Year 3, Semester 2

Plus 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) third year science elective

Psychology elective unit options

All electives are Year 2 or 3 - they may be available St Albans or Footscray Park.

Only a selection of these units are offered each year.

FIRST-YEAR SCIENCE ELECTIVE UNIT OPTIONS

These are offered as a guide only. Check science timetable to confirm availability.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list - students may choose ANY first-year science electives. Check course handbook or VU website for options.

Second year science elective unit options

These are offered as a guide only. Check science timetable to confirm availability.

Third year science elective unit options

These are offered as guide only. Check science timetable to confirm availability.

Admission information

  • TAFE: VET applicants will be considered and pathways are available from a range of VET courses
  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (ESL) or 20 in any other English AND in a science (any).
  • International: Completion of a secondary school qualification equivalent to Australia’s year 12 or VCE qualification. IELTS minimum 6.0 (no band less than 6) or equivalent.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence

How to apply for this course

Apply through VTAC

Applications close on 5 December 2014.

When you're ready:

  1. Apply via the VTAC website.
  2. As part of the application you may need to complete extra requirements such as:
    • submit a VTAC Personal Statement
    • attend an interview, audition, information session or workshop
    • submit a folio
    • sit a test

Extra requirement details are available in the VTAC Guide.

You need to complete all extra requirements by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Apply direct to VU

You can submit an application for this course directly to VU via our online Admissions Centre

Note that your direct application will not be assessed until all VTAC applications have been processed.

Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
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