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Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
4 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Understand human behaviour, motivation and relationships.

Choose VU’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) to study the human mind and the science of personality.

You’ll spend the first three years of the program focusing on psychology and social research methods, and will undertake a minor in an arts specialisation.

In the fourth (Honours) year, you’ll pursue advanced studies in quantitative and qualitative social research methods, professional practice units and a research thesis.

You’ll graduate with an in-depth knowledge of human emotion and behaviour to understand why we think and behave in the way we do – and why this differs from one individual to the next.

On completion of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), you’ll be able to apply for registration as a Provisional Psychologist and can take up further career and post-graduate study options.

Psychology students complete a fieldwork unit, which gives you the opportunity to gain experience in a field related to your studies.

Students have completed placements within:

  • the Department of Human Services (Child Protection)
  • family and carer support services
  • arts and cultural organisations
  • refugee and asylum seeker support services
  • public and private health services
  • school settings.

If you choose to continue on to postgraduate studies, you’ll be able to take up professional training at VU’s Psychology Clinic, providing discounted psychological services to the community.

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VU's Psychology Clinic specialises in cognitive-behavioural therapy and psychodynamic therapy.

Careers in psychology

Graduates of VU’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) can apply for provisional registration as a psychologist and can find employment in:

  • welfare
  • community services
  • human resources.

Some of our graduates undertake further study to qualify as teachers or social workers.

If you’d like to become a fully-registered psychologist, you’ll need further training at the Masters and Doctoral level.

Salaries

Employment for psychologists in Australia rose moderately over the last five years and is expected to continue growing moderately until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook). 

The median starting salaries of bachelor degree psychology graduates (aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment) is $50,000 (GradStats). The average annual earnings of a psychologist is $78,000 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) students will be required to complete 384 credit points, consisting of:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Core First Year studies;
  • 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) of Core Psychology studies;
  • 2 x 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Core Thesis studies;
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Psychology Elective studies;
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Elective studies.

In order to be eligible to advance to the fourth (Honours) year of the course, students must achieve the stringent academic admission criteria that are required for Honours programs in Psychology.  Academic admission standards are based on the average grade across all core second and third year psychology units. 

Students who have successfully completed the first three years of study but have not met the academic admission requirements for the Honours year will be eligible to apply to graduate with a Bachelor of Psychological Studies. 

Core First Year Units

Year 2, Semester 1

Plus

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) of Elective studies

Year 2, Semester 2

Plus

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) of Psychology Elective studies

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) of Elective studies

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

Plus

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) of Psychology Elective studies

Year 4, Semester 1

Year 4, Semester 2

Plus

Select 12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) from the following:

Psychology Electives

- may be available at St Albans and/or Footscray Park campus

Specialisations

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Utilise advanced cognitive, research and problem-solving skills to successfully undertake postgraduate research or a professional career in psychology;  
  2. Satisfy the educational requirements for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society;  
  3. Apply skills in independent research, theoretical analysis and critical evaluation in psychology;  
  4. Assess and evaluate the nature of psychology as a profession and the ethical and legal responsibilities of individuals practising the profession;  
  5. Critically apply advanced knowledge in selected areas of psychology and applied psychology; and  
  6. Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills when working with others that prepare students, including those students who do not intend to become psychologists, for employment in diverse work contexts.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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