Course essentials

VU course code:
ABPA
Location:
Duration:
3 years
Intake:
2018: February and July
CRICOS:
071141K
Fees:
2018: A$11,600 per semester

Understand human behaviour – how we reason, react and relate – through studies in psychology, one of VU’s most popular subjects. 

In this psychology course you’ll study everything to do with people - from why we behave in the way that we do, to the different ways we communicate in our relationships.

You'll learn about people's motivations, thought processes and interactions, which will ready you for a career in diverse areas including community services, marketing or teaching.

Majors

This accredited psychology degree allows you to combine studies in psychology with an arts major of your choice. Majors include:

  • communication studies
  • gender studies
  • history
  • politics
  • sociology
  • interpersonal and organisational skills.

The interpersonal and organisational skills major was designed to complement studies in psychology. You’ll gain hands-on experience in interviewing and active listening i.e., basic counseling skills.

You’ll also gain skills in working within groups to further your understanding of how organisations work. Regardless of what career you pursue, skills in working with individuals and groups will be important for your professional development.

Psychology field placement program

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.

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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[Supp. Desc. Info] Bachelor of Psychological Studies

 


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

Careers

A degree in Psychological Studies can help you understand yourself and others, complement other learning and develop your analytical skills.

You can start a career in fields such as:

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

You can also undertake further study to qualify as a teacher, social worker or registered psychologist. As a psychologist, you could be employed in one of several thriving industries including health care, public administration or education.

Salaries

In Australia, the median starting salary of a bachelor degree psychology graduate aged under 25 and in their first full-time employment is $49,900 (GradStats). Typically, psychologists earn an average of $78,000 per year (Job Outlook).

Placement in VU's Psychology Clinic

If you continue on to postgraduate studies in psychology, you will work with clients in the VU Psychology Clinic. The Clinic provides discounted psychological services to the community.

Assessment and treatment for anxiety, learning difficulties and difficult life events are provided by provisional psychologists who are supervised by experienced clinical psychologists.

Course objectives

This degree is designed to give students a strong foundation in the scientist-practitioner model of Psychology.  It will prepare them to pursue professional studies in Psychology, or to use the theoretical, practical and research skills gained to pursue a wide range of career and study options.

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 Psychological studies;
  • 24 credit points of Psychology Elective studies;
  • 48 credit points of Elective studies.

First Year Core Units

Year 2, Semester 1

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

Year 2, Semester 2

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

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

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

Psychology elective unit options

- may be available at either 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

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.

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.
  • International: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) OR Completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent). PLUS IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence

English language requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

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.

How to apply for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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