Bachelor of Psychological Studies (exit only)

Approved Abbreviation: BPsySt

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1835.1

AQF Level: 7

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.

Commencement Year 2013 to 2016 - 1705.1 Bachelor of Psychological Studies (exit only)

The Bachelor of Psychological Studies is an exit award for those students in the four-year Bachelor of Psychology who have completed the first three years, but do not meet the standard required for entry into fourth year, or who do not wish to continue to the fourth year.

The course will have provided students with a thorough grounding in the scientific discipline of psychology, research skills that are sought after by employers, and psychological literacy (i.e., advanced understanding of mental processes and human behaviour) that can be applied to any occupation or aspect of life.

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.


This course is an exit point only from 1834 - Bachelor of Psychology

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 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

Recommended Sequence


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

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
100015History and Philosophy of Psychology
102399Psychology, Crime and Law

Students may study additional units from this pool as electives.

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).

Search for a major or sub-major

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

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

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