Bachelor of Psychology

Approved Abbreviation: BPsy

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1500.8

AQF Level: 7

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 2012 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 2011 - 1500.7 Bachelor of Psychology

Commencement Year 2010 - 1500.6 Bachelor of Psychology

Commencement Year 2009 - 1500.5 Bachelor of Psychology

Commencement Year 2008 - 1500.4 Bachelor of Psychology

Commencement Year 2006 and 2007 - 1500.3 Bachelor of Psychology

Commencement Year 2005 - 1500.2 Bachelor of Psychology

Commencement Year 2001 to 2004 - 1500.1 Bachelor of Psychology

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. Units in the program are drawn from the following topic areas of psychology: history of psychology, biological psychology, learning, social psychology, lifespan development, sensation and perception, individual differences, personality and cognitive processes.

The Bachelor of Psychology award is a four-year undergraduate program. The degree is strongly vocational and seeks to equip the student with the specialist psychological, and research methods skills that a new psychologist would need on entering the workforce, or on proceeding to advanced study. For those students who meet the entry requirements the fourth year of the course is an honours program, comprising year-long research methods seminar, two units on contemporary issues in psychology, and a specialised research project presented as a thesis. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) graded award. Those students not undertaking honours complete the specialist program in their fourth year. This comprises three electives, a year-long research methods seminar, and an empirical research project. Students intending to apply for the honours program must do so by 31 October of their third year of study.

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

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).


UAC entry - 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.

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 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 320 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

101184Psychology: Human Behaviour
101190Introduction to Research Methods
101684Brain and Behaviour

And one elective

Spring session

101183Psychology: Behavioural Science
101189Introduction to Logical Thinking
101676Human Learning

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

100013Experimental Design and Analysis

And two electives

Spring session

101677Cognitive Processes
101678Motivation and Emotion

And two electives

Year 3

Autumn session

101689Advanced Research Methods
100015History and Philosophy of Psychology

And one elective

Spring session

101681Abnormal Psychology
101682Developmental Psychology
101683Social Psychology

And one elective

Alternate or Elective Pool

Autumn session

100023Psychology of Language
101193Health Psychology

Spring session

100007Applied Cognition and Human Performance

Bachelor of Psychology Specialist Year

Year 4

Autumn/1H session

100487Empirical Research Methods Seminar
100488Empirical Research Project


101420Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment and Intervention

Spring/2H session

100487Empirical Research Methods Seminar
100488Empirical Research Project

Two units from the alternate or elective pool. At least one unit must be chosen from the Core Discipline Pool.

Alternate or Elective Pool


101247Counselling and Consultation
100027Addictive Behaviours

Spring Core Discipline Elective Pool

101541Advanced Topics in Psychology
100530Developmental Psychopathology

Bachelor of Psychology Honours Year

H1012Bachelor of Psychology Honours Pathway

Psychology - Optional elective units available to all students

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

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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