Bachelor of Psychology

Approved Abbreviation: BPsy

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1500.2

CRICOS Code: 041143A

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 2005.

Commencement Year 2001 to 2004 - 1500.1 Bachelor of Psychology

The Bachelor of Psychology award is a four-year undergraduate program. For those students who meet the entry requirements the normal fourth year of the course is an honours program. These students undertake specialised research and graduate with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) graded award. The fourth year of study for the remaining students in the Bachelor of Psychology will comprise three electives, a year-long research methods seminar, and an empirical research project presented as a thesis. Students intending to apply for the honours program must do so by 31 October of their third year of study. The honours program is a year long, single 80-credit-point unit, that will be divided into four main components:

Study Mode
Four years full-time.

Advanced standing

Enquiries regarding credit transfer should be directed to the head of the School of Psychology.

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Graduates of this award will be eligible for Provisional registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).


Admission is through UAC - competitive UAI; or equivalent rank for non-recent school leavers.

Course Structure

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

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

100929Psychology 1A
B1907Introduction to Logical Thinking
B1904Biology for Psychologists

and one elective

and one elective

Spring session

100930Psychology 1B
B1908Introduction to Research Methods
B1905Genetics and Bioscience for Psychologists

and one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

100020Social and Developmental Psychology
100013Experimental Design and Analysis
B1906Computer Models in Psychology

and one elective

Spring session

100018Personality, Motivation and Emotion
100022Biological Psychology and Perceptual Processes
100006Advanced Survey Design and Analysis

and one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

100016Human Learning and Cognition
100015History and Philosophy of Psychology

one Group I Psychology unit

and one Group II Psychology unit

Spring session

100004Abnormal Behaviour and Psychological Testing

one Group I Psychology unit

and one Group II Psychology unit

Bachelor of Psychology Specialist Year

The one year specialist program consists of 80 credit points comprising five components:

100488Empirical Research Project

(Year long unit worth 30 credit points)

100487Empirical Research Methods Seminar

(Year-long unit worth 20 credit points)

and three units normally drawn from the Bankstown pool:

100027Addictive Behaviours
100032Family Therapy in Practice
100038Forensic Psychology in the Legal Context
100034Introduction to Forensic Psychology
100037Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents
100529Applied Sport Psychology
100531Family Therapy: Theory Experience and Research
100532Sport Psychology Consulting
100533Forensic Psychological Assessment
100535Cross-Cultural Psychology
100536Related Issues in Sport Psychology
100538Neuroscience and Behaviour Disorders

Bachelor of Psychology Honours Year

An Honours stream is offered - see the Honours in Bachelors Awards Policy and associated School Guidelines for the admission criteria:

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The Honours year in psychology is an embedded award which permits Bachelor of Psychology students and other psychology graduates to take a challenging fourth year of undergraduate study by coursework and research. The Honours year has two, one semester contemporary issues seminars, one research methods seminar, and a major thesis. The award is offered on Bankstown Campus. For those students who meet entry requirements, this award provides an accredited fourth year of study enabling conditional registration with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board.


Year 4

Year-long session

100980Psychology Honours Thesis
100983Research Methods Seminar

Autumn session

100981Contemporary Issues Seminar 1

Spring session

100982Contemporary Issues Seminar 2

Sub-major elective spaces

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

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