Course

Bachelor of Psychology

Approved Abbreviation: BPsy


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1834.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041143A


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2017 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2013 to 2016 - 1500.9 Bachelor of Psychology

The Bachelor of Psychology equips students with a thorough grounding in the scientific discipline of psychology, research skills sought after by employers, and psychological literacy that can be applied to any occupation or aspect of life. Entry to fourth year requires a minimum academic standard. Students who do not achieve this standard, or do not wish to continue, graduate at the end of third year with a Bachelor of Psychological Studies. For students who meet the entry requirements, fourth year is an honours program, or a non-honours fourth year (equivalent to the Graduate Diploma in Psychology) for those who do not meet the higher honours entry standard.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/school-of-social-sciences-and-psychology/ssap/courses/honours_programs

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Phoebe Baileyp.bailey@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternalKaren Mattock
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternalKaren Mattock
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternalDavid Arness
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternalDavid Arness
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternalDavid Arness

Accreditation
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) on the basis that it meets all the APAC Accreditation Standards (June 2010) for a four year sequence of study in psychology.

Admission

UAC entry: A competitive ATAR; or equivalent rank for school leavers and non-recent school leavers. Applicants with completed or partially completed university degree must have achieved a GPA of 5 or above.

As stipulated by the accreditation standards of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), Version 10 June 2010. (Section 4) students will not be able to progress to the fourth year of the Bachelor of Psychology unless they have achieved a credit average in Level 2 and Level 3 units (an Average Admission Mark of 65+ in Level 2 and 3), including credit or higher grade in the majority of the Level 2 and Level 3 psychology units. Students who have successfully completed the first three years, but who do not achieve this standard, or do not wish to continue, will graduate with the Bachelor of Psychological Studies.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete

  • 120 credit point core sequence in psychology; and
  • 40 credit point Psychology Extension submajor

Students have the flexibility to choose

  • Two Level 1 submajor units in either session in Year 1; and
  • Two Level 3 submajor units in either session in Year 3

Students who do not meet the standard required for entry into fourth year, or who do not wish to continue, will exit at the end of third year with the Bachelor of Psychological Studies

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn session

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour

Elective or Level 1 Sub-major unit

Elective or Level 1 Sub-major unit

And one elective

Spring session

101183Psychology: Behavioural Science

Elective or Level 1 Sub-major unit

Elective or Level 1 Sub-major unit

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

100013Experimental Design and Analysis
101684Brain and Behaviour
101680Perception

And one elective

Spring session

101678Motivation and Emotion
101676Human Learning
101683Social Psychology

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

101689Advanced Research Methods
101682Developmental Psychology

Elective or Level 3 Sub-major unit

Elective or Level 3 Sub-major unit

Spring session

101681Abnormal Psychology
101677Cognitive Processes

Elective or Level 3 Sub-major unit

Elective or Level 3 Sub-major unit

Psychology Extension Sub-major (40cp)

SM1114Psychology Extension

Students must choose 40 credit points from the following list of pool units. At least 20 credit points must be from Level 3 units.

101189Introduction to Logical Thinking
101190Introduction to Research Methods
101557The Individual in Society
100023Psychology of Language
101182Behaviour and Environment
101193Health Psychology
102350Psychology and the Online World
101679Personality
100015History and Philosophy of Psychology
102399Psychology, Crime and Law

Students may study additional units from this pool as electives.

At the end of the 3rd Year, students who successfully complete 240 credit points may exit and graduate with 1835 Bachelor of Psychological Studies.

1835 Bachelor of Psychological Studies

Year 4 (80 Credit points)

Degree rules for exit and / or progression after 3rd year in the Bachelor of Psychology.

Entry into the School’s APAC accredited 4th year programs in psychology is limited to students who have completed an approved accredited three year undergraduate sequence in psychology (or an approved accredited bridging sequence such as the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies) in the last 10 years. In addition, students must have obtained an Average Admission Mark of a credit average (65+ in the Western Sydney University grading system) in Level 2 and 3 units with a majority of Credit or higher grades in Level 2 and 3 psychology units (or the equivalent to Level 2 and 3 at other institutions).

Entry into the embedded Honours pathway is restricted by supervisory capacity. Eligible students are selected in order of merit based on their Average Admission Mark in Level 2 and 3 units (including open electives).

Students who have successfully completed the first three years, but who do not achieve this standard, or do not wish to continue, will graduate with the Bachelor of Psychological Studies.

For students progressing to the fourth year, the course structure is as follows

Non-Honours Fourth Year

Autumn/1H and Spring/2H

100488Empirical Research Project
100983Research Methods Seminar

Autumn session

101247Counselling and Consultation
101541Advanced Topics in Psychology

Spring session

101420Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment and Intervention

Or

Embedded Honours Pathway

H1014 Bachelor of Psychology Honours Pathway

Autumn/1H and Spring/2H

100980Psychology Honours Thesis
100983Research Methods Seminar

Autumn session

101541Advanced Topics in Psychology

Spring session

101420Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment and Intervention

Major and Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

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Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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