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Date published: 18 July 2011

2017 update:
Now known as the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, this course is now fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).


Open Universities Australia (OUA) is pleased to announce that the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), available for online study with OUA and provided by Swinburne University, has been offered conditional accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

OUA and Swinburne have been working together to secure APAC accreditation for this course, and have recently been granted conditional approval.

This is an exciting development for students seeking a career as an accredited psychologist in Australia, and adds immense value to the course for OUA's students.

To ensure that OUA students working towards the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) are able to graduate with an accredited degree, some changes to the prerequisite conditions for certain units within the course have been introduced. In particular, certain entry-level units will become mandatory prerequisites for higher-level units in the course. The amended course structure can be viewed at the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) course page.

Any students currently working towards this qualification who have queries about their current study path are welcome to contact the OUA Student Advisors on 1300 363 652, or submit their question via the Online Enquiry Form.

For students seeking to undertake higher-level units from this course as electives, they may still be eligible to do so without completing the prerequisites through OUA, and are urged to speak to a Student Advisor using the contact details above.

OUA hopes that the APAC accreditation will open numerous doors for our students, and hope to assist as many people as possible with achieving their goals of a career in psychology.

Please note that there have been no changes to the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, also provided by Swinburne University, although students will be required to meet mandatory prerequisite requirements for future units.