Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Studies

VU course code: HUPS | Level of study: Undergraduate
0.5 years full time
In person

Fee type for this course: Full fee

VU Melbourne: Footscray Park
Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Studies.


Launch your career, with the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Studies from Victoria University.

This course gives you a recognised qualification within six months – providing a fast track towards a new career.

In this course you will develop your foundational understanding of key psychological areas such as:

  • memory
  • language and cognition
  • personality
  • health and stress
  • social psychology.

You will graduate with the skills to review how psychological studies have shaped current psychological knowledge, plus apply psychological research design and methodological principles.

If you decide to keep studying to aim for higher roles, you may progress a bachelor degree, such as:

You could also choose to study a double degree and combine psychology with business, criminal justice, criminology, law or sport science.

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.

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).




A qualification 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.

To aim for a higher role, you can continue studying towards your bachelor degree.

VU Stories

Theresa Marasco
Skills for the clinic & beyond
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) Doctor of Psychology (Psychology)
"I completed four placements as part of my studies, which enabled me to grow professionally and find career direction. I made many professional contacts and developed positive relationships with each of my supervisors."
Theresa's story