Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

Approved Abbreviation: BSocSc(Psy)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1711.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 082919G

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 2014.

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.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) combines a broadly based, three year program in the social sciences with an undergraduate sequence in psychology that is a foundation for anyone wishing to go on to further study to become a psychologist. Psychology is the field of inquiry that uses scientific techniques and methods to understand and explain behaviour and experience. As a profession, it involves the application of psychological knowledge to practical problems in human behaviour. The degree also equips students with the interdisciplinary and specialist skills and knowledge that a new graduate would need on entering the workforce or on proceeding to advanced study. To allow for personal and occupational interests, students are able to choose a major or sub-major and electives from areas of the social sciences.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

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 three year sequence of study in psychology.


UAC entry: A competitive ATAR; or equivalent rank (using non-proximate indicators of success) for school leavers and non-recent school leavers.

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.

International applicants must apply directly to 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.

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 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

All students must enrol in and complete:

  • 40 credit points of Bachelor of Social Science core units
  • 120 credit points of Psychology core units
  • 40 credit points of Social Science sub-major units
  • 40 credit points of elective units

Minimum of 60 credit points of level 3 units must be successfully completed within the degree.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

101900Working with Communities
101551Understanding Society
101184Psychology: Human Behaviour

And one elective unit or Sub-major unit

Spring session

101556The Geographies of Social Difference
101557The Individual in Society
101183Psychology: Behavioural Science

And one elective unit or Sub-major unit

Year 2

Autumn session

100013Experimental Design and Analysis
101684Brain and Behaviour

And one elective unit or Sub-major unit

Spring session

101676Human Learning
101677Cognitive Processes

And one elective unit

And one Sub-major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

101689Advanced Research Methods
101682Developmental Psychology

And one elective unit

And one Sub-major unit

Spring session

101683Social Psychology
101681Abnormal Psychology
101678Motivation and Emotion

And one elective unit or Sub-major unit


Sub Majors must be chosen from the following.

Note: Not all sub-majors are available on all campuses, please check availability.

SM1099Child and Community
SM1091Criminology and Criminal Justice
SM1093Geography and Urban Studies
SM1028Peace and Development Studies
SM1092Heritage and Tourism

Recommended unit options - Psychology

101182Behaviour and Environment
101193Health Psychology
102350Psychology and the Online World
100023Psychology of Language

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