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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40099
CRICOS code: 095149D

Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (pre 2018)

Program handbook

Description

A Bachelor of Psychological Science provides students with psychological insights about human nature which are both interesting and relevant to everyday life.  This degree encompasses skills and knowledge that are applicable to a wide range of careers.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of psychology.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in written and/or oral formats to present a competent exposition of knowledge and ideas to various audiences.
  • Use well developed cognitive skills to review, analyse and synthesize empirical knowledge to make informed decisions in applied psychology and psychological research.
  • Work collaboratively in psychological research projects applying competent intellectual and research abilities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to ethical principles in professional practice and research.

Details

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Program code40099
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
ATAR (2017)
LocationCut-offMedian

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Assumed knowledgeHSC General Mathematics or higher.
Recommended studiesHSC Biology or equivalent.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Science
Contributing schools
  1. School of Psychology
  2. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
  3. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code095149D

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here.  Admission information for international students can be found here. You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0. Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline in most states of Australia is IELTS 7.0.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Specified credit may be granted for courses if they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding courses in the Bachelor of Psychological Science program, otherwise students may apply for unspecified credit in place of electives. All courses being assessed for credit must have been completed within the previous 10 years prior to admission. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science in accordance with the policies approved by Academic Senate.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program requirements

The degree requires students to pass courses totalling 240 units comprising of:

  • CORE COURSES (170 units)
  • BIOLOGY - 10 units chosen from either BIOL1001 or BIOL1040
  • PSYCHOLOGY - 10 units of 3000 level Psychology selected from: PSYC3300, PSYC3400 or PSYC3500 (Please note not all of the above courses are available each year.)
  • ELECTIVES (50 units) - electives can be chosen from any non-restricted courses offered by the University.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PSYC1000Introductory Research Methods in Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 1
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan Distance)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC1020Psychology Introduction 2
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC1200Pre-Professional Psychology 1
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Summer 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2200Pre-Professional Psychology II
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2300Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2400Biological Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2500Introduction to Abnormal Behaviour
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC2600Personality and Social Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT2000Applied Statistics and Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3000Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3001Advanced Psychological Measurement
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3200Pre-Professional Psychology III
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3301Advanced Perception and Learning in Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3600Advanced Social and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3700Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units

Core Biology Courses

Select either BIOL1001 or BIOL1040.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and Organisms
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Winter - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
BIOL1040Introduction to Biology I
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units

Directed Courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PSYC3300Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC3400Advanced Biological PsychologyNot currently offered10 units
PSYC3500Advanced Health Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units

Electives

Complete 50 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

50 units

Suggested electives

Honours

An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements. Please refer to the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program handbook for information about admission requirements.


Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online