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Please Note: This program was previously known as the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology). From 2017 it will be known as the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences.
The Psychology sequence within the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This course provides a first step to becoming a professional psychologist. After completing a degree with an APAC accredited major in psychology, students may apply to undertake a fourth year in psychology and then further study in specialist areas of professional psychology such as counselling, health, clinical, organisational, and sports psychology.
Psychology graduates are highly sought after in a range of human services positions in: community and mental health, human resource management, policy development, research, welfare, journalism, marketing and advertising.
In addition to the major in Psychology, students may complete an optional four unit minor known as ‘Advanced Psychology Minor’ and choose 4 from the 6 units offered: PSY20001, PSY20003, PSY20005, PSY30001, PSY30011 or PSY30012. The Advanced Psychology minor includes units that offer students an additional breadth of study in the psychology of human behaviour.
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) graduates will be able to:
- Systematic review and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in social and behavioural sciences, and psychology
- Formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in behavioural studies and psychology
- Critically analyse information to generate creative solutions to solve complex problems in the area of social and behavioural sciences and psychology
- Define and integrate theoretical principles and apply these in their disciplinary areas of expertise
- Apply knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice, individually and in collaboration with others
- Interpret and communicate ideas, problems and arguments in modes suitable to a range of audiences using a range of media
- Coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas in local and international contexts
Psychology graduates are highly sought after in a range of human services positions. These include employment in community and mental health, human resource management, policy development, research, welfare, journalism, marketing and advertising.
Swinburne’s Psychology major incorporates the Psychology sequence accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
For admission into this degree you must meet ONE of the following requirements:
- Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification. VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in English (or equivalent) or 30 in English (EAL); OR
- Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including a Certificate IV, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply; OR
- Successful completion of the 3 introductory units (PSY10003 Psychology 100, STA10003 Foundations of Statistics, PSY10004 Psychology 101).
Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.
The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions, in respect of courses, to apply in addition to these entry requirements.
To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:
- An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
- A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
- The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.
Please note: If you are not eligible for CSP you can still enrol and study through OUA as a full fee paying student via FEE-HELP or upfront payments. Please refer to the Swinburne University of Technology website for more information.
International Applicants - English Language Requirements
International applicants are also required to demonstrate proficiency in English with one of the following:
- Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%
- Obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
- TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5)
- TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18.
Students starting their studies in the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) are recommended to follow these steps:
- Students are advised to study the level 1 introductory core unit COM10006 early in their study program.
- Students without previous university level mathematics or statistics should consider including MTH10002 Dealing with Numbers as an elective before enrolling in STA10003 Foundations of Statistics.
- It is strongly recommended that the following 3 units be completed in the order specified below and may then apply to Swinburne University of Technology for admittance into the course:
- STA10003 Foundations of Statistics
- PSY10003 Psychology 100
- PSY10004 Psychology 101
Students must be admitted to the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) prior to enrolling in the eight Level 2 and 3 units of the Psychology major (8 units).
Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne units that you have already passed.
Absent Without Leave and Leave of Absence: How to apply for an approved leave of absence and minimise the risk of having to reapply for degree admission: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/current/AWOL-and-LOA.html
To qualify for the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), from Swinburne University of Technology, a student must complete 24 units as follows:
- 4 Psychology introductory core units; and
- 8 core units comprising the Psychology major; and
- 12 further units of approved study which may comprise: a co-major (8 units), and/ or a minor (4 units) or minors and/ or elective units
- At least 8 units must be Swinburne University of Technology units
Regardless of any credit awarded within this degree, students must complete a minimum of 8 units of study with Swinburne University as part of this degree. Students who have completed the double unit PSY30011 need to complete a minimum of seven Swinburne units.
A unit of study can only be counted once. Where there are overlaps between majors and/or minors, students in the first instance choose another unit from the list of units available in the major/minor. Where there are no available units, students will be required to complete an alternative unit, as approved by the Course Convenor.
Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne units that you have already passed.
For the majority of units in the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) major, you are required to have access to the statistical package SPSS.
The recommended sequence for completing the 8 Level 2 and 3 Psychology major units is listed below. However, it is possible to undertake the Level 2 and Level 3 Psychology major units in a different sequence as long as the pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements are completed.
STA20006 Analysis of Variance
PSY20007 Developmental Psychology
STA20007 Multivariate Statistics
PSY20006 Cognition and Human Performance
PSY30008 Psychology of Personality
PSY30003 Psychology Project
PSY30010 Abnormal Psychology
PSY30009 Social Psychology
Students can choose to complete a Co-Major in Sociology of 8 units.
The Advanced Psychology Minor is an optional advanced minor in Psychology, available only to students who have registered into the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) with Swinburne.
Students can choose from the following minors: Sociology of Contemporary Societies, Sociology, Criminology, Human Resource Management, Public Relations, Indigenous Studies, Marketing.
Electives can be selected from any undergraduate unit offered by Open Universities Australia including MTH10002 Dealing with Numbers.
Students who are considering enrolling into a Swinburne undergraduate degree may apply for academic credit of up to sixteen  units based on prior credentialed or non-credentialed learning. Students wishing to apply for credit (referred to as ‘exemptions’) can do so on the basis of:
- Credentialed Learning - previous formal post-secondary studies taken at another educational institution or in another sector or in another course or
- Non-credentialed Learning - Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience and/or formal training or a combination of both.
- Only study undertaken within the last 10 years can be considered for exemption.
- Students must complete at least eight  Swinburne undergraduate units to be eligible to graduate with a Swinburne undergraduate award.
For information on how to apply for credit please refer to Swinburne’s website at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/advanced-standing-rpl.html
Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.
There are currently two types of loan:
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After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)
If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.
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When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.
If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).
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- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
There has been a number of course structure changes, including changes to units that students working towards this degree need to be aware of.
For students who are transitioning to the new course, Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, please refer to the OUA Course Transition page for more information.
This Transition document provides you with the course structure, rules and unit information for each of the different cohorts.
Each column lists the requirements by year of intake.
Each row relates to the same, or the equivalent/replacement, unit. You can easily see how a unit (or its equivalent/replacement) sits within each course option