Bachelor of Psychological Studies

VU course code: ABPA | CRICOS: 071141K | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years full time or longer for part time
In person
Footscray Park
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


Understand human behaviour and gain the foundations for a career following your passion with a Bachelor of Psychological Studies at Victoria University (VU).

In this psychology course, you’ll learn valuable skills and knowledge that you can use in work, community and personal settings.

Gain a professional understanding of how humans reason, react and relate, covering fascinating topics related to thinking and behaviour, including:

  • memory
  • learning
  • motivation and emotion
  • cognition
  • lifespan development.  

Explore psychological and personality disorders and understand the importance of sleep, healthy living, and stress management. By exploring different approaches to counselling, you'll develop a deep understanding of the strengths and limitations of clinical practice.

With this psychological studies degree that includes 60 hours of work placement, you can choose your career path from a diverse range of areas including community services, marketing, teaching, or employee support and development.

As a psychology graduate, you’ll have the in-demand transferable skills that employers desire, including critical thinking, problem-solving, ethics, communication and respect for diversity. 

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Psychological Studies, students will be required to complete 288 credit points, consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of Core First Year studies;
  • 120 credit points of Core Psychology studies;
  • 24 credit points of Psychology Elective studies, and;
  • 48 credit points of Minor studies.


Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places




Your psychological studies degree can help you understand yourself and others, complement other learning and develop your analytical skills.

You’ll be ready to start a career in fields such as:

  • welfare
  • community services
  • human resources
  • marketing
  • research
  • policy-making
  • counselling.

You may also choose to continue on to further study to qualify as a teacher, social worker or registered psychologist.

The number of jobs for psychologists is expected to grow strongly over the next five years. As a psychologist, you could be employed in one of several thriving industries including health care, public administration or education.


Our Bachelor of Psychological Studies is accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC).

Prepare for further study to become a psychologist

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Natasha Jones
Goal: clinical psychologist
Bachelor of Psychological Studies
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