Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science
Make a start in psychology
Take your first steps in health studies with this intro to psychology. Explore emotions, beliefs, and motivation–and where they fit with mental health and wellbeing. You’ll build valuable learning skills to help you in further studies.
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What you'll learn
Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
- Demonstrate an understanding of foundational scientific concepts that are essential for successful university study in Psychological Science.
- Apply independent learning and self-management strategies to university studies
- Identify and use different forms of communication relevant to Psychological Science
This course will provide you with foundational knowledge in health sciences. More study will lead into careers within counselling and psychological sciences.
Graduates of this course are eligible for entry and up to four units of credit towards the Diploma of Health (Psychological Science) or the Bachelor of Psychological Science. Subsequent postgraduate studies are necessary to become a registered psychologist.
ATAR of 40 or Equivalent
English Proficiency Requirements
Applicants for admission to candidature to the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or have completed an International English Language Test (or comparable test scores*) with:
- a minimum overall score of 5.5 minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*), except for writing with a minimum score of 5.5
Credit for previous study or work
Applicants or students that can provide supporting documents to verify they already know, understand and can perform the learning outcomes for one or more units within a Southern Cross course, are eligible to have their prior learning assessed for credit by submitting an application for Advanced Standing.
If you are interested in human behaviour and the science behind it, the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science is an excellent place to start your studies.
This course provides you with a foundational knowledge of the health sciences and the Australian healthcare system, and an introduction to the concepts, ethics and research as it applies to the discipline of psychology.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
EDUC1001 Language and Learning in your Discipline
HLTH1001 Introduction to Science for Health Professions
Select two (2) units (24 credit points) from the following:
PSYC1002 Psychology Foundations: Self and Situation
PSYC1009 Introducing Health Psychology
PSYC1010 Positive Psychology
HLTH1005 Understanding Wellbeing and Mental Health
To be eligible to receive the Undergraduate Certificate in Psychological Science, students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising:
- 2 core units (24 credit points) and
- 2 elective units (24 credit points)