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Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (BPSH)

Entry requirements
ATAR 68.25
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus
  • Ipswich
Duration
  • 4 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul, Nov
Note: Students starting in Semester 2 (July) will need to complete the degree over 4.5 years full-time or 9 years part-time. 

Overview

  • Do you want to work as a psychologist? UniSQ’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is developed specifically for those of you who wish to become practitioners.
  • The program places a heavy emphasis on developing both research and professional skills including a deep understanding of the ethical principles that inform psychological practice.
  • Throughout the degree, you will be involved in research projects and in activities that foster psychological professional skills. By the end of your degree, you will have had exposure to treatment regimens and experience in the interpretation of psychological tests.

Which Psychology degree is for me?

All UniSQ Psychology degrees will study the same compulsory 12-unit psychology courses, so which degree is right for you will depend on your interests and goals.

  • The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will provide you with the opportunity to complement your psychology major with another major or two minors. Perhaps Counselling or Human Resource Management?
  • Within the Bachelor of Science (Psychology Extended) you will delve deeper into advanced theory and practice in psychological sciences, ending your degree with a two-unit capstone course, which will be research-focused or practitioner-focused (undertaking a work placement).
  • Studying the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) has a greater focus on developing your professional portfolio through psychological-skills based courses. This degree is particularly beneficial if your primary focus is working with clients.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as a four-year sequence of study. Graduates are eligible to apply for probationary registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Those who complete the four-year Honours program are also eligible to go on to complete further studies at the Masters level with the aim of registration as a clinical psychologist.

Career outcomes

  • This degree will allow you to work towards becoming a clinical or professional psychologist. 
  • Professional psychologists often find careers in occupational health and safety, change management, professional development, community consultation, and advocacy. 
  • Many students also end up working in roles that do not involve the title of psychologists. These include welfare officers, youth workers, support workers, and employment officers in areas such as child safety and corrective services.

Entry requirements 

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 68.25 68.25

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing clinical placements:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check (if unable to obtain: Australian Police Certificate)
  • Resume (CV)
  • Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist
  • Queensland Health Student Deed Poll
  • Queensland Health iLearn Modules
  • evidence of Hepatitis B immunisation.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP).

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 32 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses in psychology and statistics 28
4 x elective courses 4
Total 32

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

This degree has a mandatory attendance requirement for some of the residential school courses. View the UniSQ Handbook or please contact us for more information.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 8021
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 24240

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with UniSQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to UniSQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 906805
Ipswich 936801

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Note: Semester 2 (July) intake students will need to complete the program over 4.5 years full-time or 9 years part-time. Semester 3 (November) intake students will only be able to study three courses online.

Apply directly to UniSQ

You may be able to apply directly to UniSQ if you:

  • are a current or previous UniSQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.
Note: Semester 2 (July) intake students will need to complete the program over 4.5 years full-time or 9 years part-time. Semester 3 (November) intake students will only be able to study three courses online.

The closing dates for applying directly to UniSQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2023 - applications close on 20 February and the Semester 1 study period commences on Monday 20 February, 2023.
  • Semester 2, 2023 - applications close on 10 July and the Semester 1 study period commences on Monday 10 July, 2023.
  • Semester 3, 2023 - applications close on 13 November and Semester 3 study period commences on Monday 13 November, 2023.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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What is a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)?
UniSQ’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is a 4-year undergraduate Psychology and Human Services degree developed specifically for those students who wish to become a practitioner.
Why study a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)?

A career in psychology is a challenging yet rewarding career path with vast employment opportunities. Gain the skills and expertise required to support your future clients to lead healthier and happier lives.

UniSQ’s psychology honours will allow you to work towards becoming a clinical or professional psychologist and is a stepping stone to the Master of Clinical Psychology.

What can you do with a psychology honours degree?

Professional psychologists often enjoy careers in:

  • health and safety
  • change management
  • professional development
  • community consultation and advocacy
  • welfare
  • youth work
  • Child safety
  • Corrective services.
What are the entry requirements?

To study a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at UniSQ you need to meet a minimum ATAR and assumed knowledge. ‘Assumed knowledge’ is the term we use to explain the minimum level of knowledge we presume you have in some subjects before you start your degree.

For further information on ATAR and assumed knowledge, please view the entry requirements section of this page for details.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, we have many pathway options you can explore.

What are the study area options?

The courses and study options available during your psychology honours studies will vary depending on the education provider you choose.

At UniSQ, studying an honours degree in psychology focuses on developing your professional profile through psychology-skill based courses.

If you would like to complement your psychology major with another major or two minors (ie Counselling or Human Resource Management), our Bachelor of Science (Psychology) may be a better fit for you.

If a research-focused or practitioner-focused courses suit your interest and goals, UniSQ’s Bachelor of Science (Psychology Extended) could suit your requirements. You will delve into advanced theory and practice in psychology science, finalising your studies with two-unit capstone course.

What is the difference between a Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)?

The major difference between a Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is one extra year of study (which is the honours component) that qualifies you as a professional psychologist.

UniSQ's Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Graduates are eligible to apply for probationary registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

If you have previously studied a Bachelor of Psychology you can go on to complete the additional 1 year honours study to then become a qualified psychology.

How much does a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) cost in Australia?

The cost of a psychology honours degree will vary depending on the education provider you choose When you study with us, the first year of your studies will cost approximately AUD 8000 (Commonwealth supported place), not including:

  • textbook and resources costs
  • services and amenities fees

Please view the fees and scholarships section of this page for details.

Why study a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with UniSQ?

Get a strong start to your career in Psychology.

  • Benefit from professional placement allowing you to gain practical real-life experiences.
  • Be involved in research projects that give you and understanding of treatment regimes and experience the interpretation of psychological tests.
  • UniSQ’s staff are leaders in Psychology and Human Services and are dedicated to ensuring you have the skills needed to make meaningful impact.
  • Our Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.