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Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (BPSH) - BPsych (Hons)

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): External: 906801; Ipswich campus: 936802

CRICOS code (International applicants): 062647C

Programs at USQ regularly undergo a comprehensive re-accreditation process to assure their relevance and quality. This program is currently being re-accredited and, as a consequence, is likely to undergo some changes. Full details will be made available when it is approved. If you have any questions, please contact us.

 On-campus^*#@External+**
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Campus:Ipswich -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Residential school:Ipswich campus (Mandatory) Ipswich campus (Mandatory) 
Standard duration:4 years full-time, 8 years part-time maximum  
Footnotes
^The Semester 2 intake is not suitable for international students who wish to study full-time on-campus.
*All fourth year courses are offered as intensive workshops within residential schools. Residential Schools for each course are held twice per semester of offer. Attendance at the 4th year workshops is mandatory.
#Semester 3 intake students will only be able to study three courses online.
@Semester 2 intake students will need to complete the program over 4.5 years full-time or 9 years part-time.
+The external offering is available to international students residing in Australia but there are mandatory attendance requirements at several residential schools held at multiple time points throughout the duration of the program.
**The external offering is not suitable for international students studying from overseas.

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Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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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 gaining specialist registration (e.g., clinical psychologist).

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Program aims

The program aims to produce graduates who possess the qualities outlined in the USQ Graduate Attributes, who have developed a strong knowledge base in the discipline, who are proficient researchers, who possess the professional competencies expected of graduates by the Psychologist Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society, and who are able to actively contribute to the welfare of the community at large.

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Program objectives

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of the scope and focus of the major fields in contemporary Psychology

  • demonstrate high levels of proficiency in research and specific methodology including research planning and implementation, analysis, interpretation and evaluation of research results, and the presentation and communication of research findings

  • demonstrate awareness of a wide range of research methods and the ethical and social responsibilities of a practising researcher

  • enhance the psychological wellbeing of clients by applying the professional skills in assessment, counselling, evaluation and intervention with a high degree of proficiency

  • interact ethically with their clients.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 14, tertiary entrance rank 68 or equivalent qualification.^
  • Subject Pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 2.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2018 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Requirements for professional experience placements

Practicum experience is an integral component of two recommended electives in the program. Students taking these courses will undertake 100 hours of placement in each course.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Program entails four years of full-time study, during which time the student will complete 32 units, comprising 26 compulsory psychology, and statistics courses (28 units) and 4 elective courses (4 units).

Requirements to complete the program

Admission into the 4th year of the program is contingent upon students having completed the first 3 years of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program as well as maintaining an average Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 in their psychology courses across levels 1 to 3. For students who fail to meet these requirements please refer to the Exit Point section. To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) a candidate must complete or be exempted from courses with a total value of at least 32 units within eight years of first admission to the program.

Core courses:

  TWB  SPR  IPS  EXT  ONL 
PSY1010 Foundation Psychology A      1,3 
PSY1020 Foundation Psychology B      1,2 
PSY1030 Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Psychology      2,3 
PSY1102 Interpersonal Skills       
PSY1104 Psychological Skills A       
PSY1105 Psychological Skills B       
PSY2010 Social Processes of Behaviour     
PSY2020 Motivation and Emotion     
PSY2030 Developmental Psychology     
PSY2040 Human Information Processing     
PSY2050 Facilitation and Negotiation       
PSY2100 Research Methods in Psychology A     
PSY2104 Psychological Skills C       
PSY2105 Psychological Skills D       
PSY3010 Assessment of Behaviour     
PSY3030 Abnormal Psychology     
PSY3050 Counselling Psychology     
PSY3060 Learning and Behaviour Change     
PSY3111 Research Methods in Psychology B     
PSY4020 Ethical and Professional Practice       
PSY4030 Skills and Issues in Counselling     
PSY4070 Advanced Assessment     
PSY4101 Psychology Honours Project A      1,2  1,2   
PSY4102 Psychology Honours Project B      1,2  1,2   
PSY4111 Advanced Research Approaches       
STA2300 Data Analysis  1,2      1,2,3 

Elective Courses (recommendations):

The table of elective courses below are psychology-related recommendations only and are available in online mode. Students may take any single USQ elective course that is of interest to their future career. As four (4) approved courses must be completed, students may wish to undertake a minor (refer to Minor Studies in the USQ Handbook).

  TWB  SPR  IPS  EXT  ONL 
PSY1101 Critical Thinking         
PSY3101 Career Assessment and Development         
PSY3104 Psychological Skills E#       
PSY3105 Psychological Skills F#       
PSY3110 Clinical Health Psychology         
PSY3120 History and Systems of Psychology         
PSY3250 Sport and Exercise Psychology         
PSY3400 Neuropsychology         
PSY3500 Personality Theory         
PSY3730 Industrial and Organisational Psychology         

Footnotes
#This course has mandatory ONL workshops and mandatory placement requirements

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: V = Voluntary; O = Optional; C = Compulsory; R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. Find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

Core courses


4th year courses:


Courses in the 4th year of the program are taught in two mandatory intensive workshop blocks each semester, each usually of one week's duration (i.e. 6-7 days for full-time students and 3-5 days for part-time students). Students must be able to commit to attending multiple workshops, some may be scheduled during the semester and some scheduled during the residential school period. The location (Ipswich or Toowoomba, or both) will be determined by the numbers of students. Refer to the Residential School Schedule.

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Exit points

Those students who fail to maintain an average GPA of 5.0 in their psychology courses across levels 1 to 3 will not be permitted to enrol in the fourth year of the program and will be exited from the degree. Those students will graduate with a BSCI Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psychology.

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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

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Honours

The level of honours awarded will be determined based on the USQ procedure. Please refer to the Class of Honours Standard Schedule.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Semester 1 entry

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

A part-time enrolment pattern is available. Students wanting to study part-time should contact the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences for this enrolment pattern.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 Semester 1

PSY1010 Foundation Psychology A1111
STA2300 Data Analysis@1111Enrolment is not permitted in STA2300 if STA8170 or STA3100 has been previously completed.
PSY1102 Interpersonal Skills1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BPSH or BSCI (13815 Psychology) or BSCI (17582 Psychology Extended) or BPSB
PSY1104 Psychological Skills A1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BPSH or BSCI (13815 Psychology) or BSCI (17582 Psychology Extended) or BSCI (17327 Counselling)

Year 1 Semester 2

PSY1020 Foundation Psychology B1212
PSY1030 Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Psychology1212
PSY1105 Psychological Skills B^1212MPre-requisite: PSY1104
Elective1212

Year 2 Semester 1

PSY2010 Social Processes of Behaviour2121Pre-requisite: PSY1010
PSY2020 Motivation and Emotion2121Pre-requisite: PSY1010
PSY2100 Research Methods in Psychology A2121Pre-requisite: PSY1010 and STA2300. For students enrolled in Program BSSC with a major in BES: PSY1010 and STA3100
PSY2104 Psychological Skills C2121Pre-requisite: PSY1105

Year 2 Semester 2

PSY2030 Developmental Psychology2222Pre-requisite: PSY1010
PSY2040 Human Information Processing2222Pre-requisite: PSY1020 and (PSY2100 or STA2300)
PSY3111 Research Methods in Psychology B2222Pre-requisite: PSY2100
PSY2105 Psychological Skills D^2222MPre-requisite: PSY2104

Year 3 Semester 1

PSY3010 Assessment of Behaviour3131Pre-requisite: PSY2100
PSY3060 Learning and Behaviour Change3131Pre-requisite: PSY1020
PSY3030 Abnormal Psychology3131Pre-requisite: PSY2020
Elective3131

Year 3 Semester 2

PSY3050 Counselling Psychology3232Pre-requisite: PSY2020
PSY2050 Facilitation and Negotiation^3232MPre-requisite: PSY1102 for students enrolled in the BPSH and BPSB programs and CDS1001 or CDS1002 for students enrolled in the BSCI (Counselling) major. Students from other programs who wish to take this course will need permission from the examiner.
Elective 3232
Elective 3232

Year 4 Semester 1

PSY4101 Psychology Honours Project A+4141MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH in Psychology major (12302) or BPSH. BPSH students, completion of the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4111 Advanced Research Approaches4141MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4020 Ethical and Professional Practice*4141MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.

Year 4 Semester 2

PSY4030 Skills and Issues in Counselling*4242MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4102 Psychology Honours Project B+4242MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH in Psychology major (12302) or BPSH. BPSH students, completion of the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4070 Advanced Assessment*4242MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.

Electives (choose four):

The table of elective courses below are psychology-related recommendations only and are only available in online mode. Students may take any single USQ elective course that is of interest to their future career. As four (4) approved courses, must be completed, students may wish to undertake a minor (refer to Minor Studies 2019 in the USQ Handbook).

PSY1101 Critical Thinking13Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BPSH or BSCI (13815 Psychology) or BSCI (17582 Psychology Extended) or BSCI (17327 Counselling) or BPSB
PSY3104 Psychological Skills E#31Pre-requisite: PSY2105 and Students must be enrolled in the BPSH program and have a GPA of 5.0 or above across their psychology courses.
PSY3730 Industrial and Organisational Psychology31Pre-requisite: PSY2010
PSY3105 Psychological Skills F#32Pre-requisite: PSY2105 and Students must be enrolled in the BPSH program and have a GPA of 5.0 or above across their psychology courses.
PSY3110 Clinical Health Psychology32Pre-requisite: PSY3030
PSY3250 Sport and Exercise Psychology2 or 32Pre-requisite: PSY1010 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: GDSI or MSCN
PSY3120 History and Systems of Psychology 2 or 33Pre-requisite: PSY1010 and PSY1020
PSY3101 Career Assessment and Development2 or 33Pre-requisite: PSY2010
PSY3400 Neuropsychology2 or 33Pre-requisite: PSY2040
PSY3500 Personality Theory2 or 33Pre-requisite: PSY2020

Footnotes
@This course is only available online, or on-campus Toowoomba.
^If studied externally, attendance at the on-campus Residential School is mandatory.
+Two unit course.
*Part-time students are advised that they should enrol in the following compulsory courses (PSY4020, PSY4030,PSY4070 and PSY4111) in the first year of enrolment.
#This course has mandatory ONL workshops and mandatory placement requirements.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Semester 2 entry

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

A part-time enrolment pattern is available. Students wanting to study part-time should contact the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences for this enrolment pattern.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 Semester 2

PSY1020 Foundation Psychology B1212
PSY1030 Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Psychology1212
Elective1212

Year 2 Semester 1

PSY1010 Foundation Psychology A2121,3
PSY1102 Interpersonal Skills2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BPSH or BSCI (13815 Psychology) or BSCI (17582 Psychology Extended) or BPSB
PSY1104 Psychological Skills A2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BPSH or BSCI (13815 Psychology) or BSCI (17582 Psychology Extended) or BSCI (17327 Counselling)
STA2300 Data Analysis@2121,2,3Enrolment is not permitted in STA2300 if STA8170 or STA3100 has been previously completed.

Year 2 Semester 2

PSY1105 Psychological Skills B^2222MPre-requisite: PSY1104
PSY2030 Developmental Psychology2222Pre-requisite: PSY1010
PSY2040 Human Information Processing2222Pre-requisite: PSY1020 and (PSY2100 or STA2300)

Year 3 Semester 1

PSY2010 Social Processes of Behaviour3131Pre-requisite: PSY1010
PSY2020 Motivation and Emotion3131Pre-requisite: PSY1010
PSY2100 Research Methods in Psychology A3131Pre-requisite: PSY1010 and STA2300. For students enrolled in Program BSSC with a major in BES: PSY1010 and STA3100
PSY2104 Psychological Skills C3131Pre-requisite: PSY1105

Year 3 Semester 2

PSY3111 Research Methods in Psychology B3232Pre-requisite: PSY2100
PSY2105 Psychological Skills D^3232MPre-requisite: PSY2104
Elective3232

Year 4 Semester 1

PSY3010 Assessment of Behaviour4141Pre-requisite: PSY2100
PSY3030 Abnormal Psychology4141Pre-requisite: PSY2020
PSY3060 Learning and Behaviour Change4141Pre-requisite: PSY1020
Elective4141

Year 4 Semester 2

PSY3050 Counselling Psychology4242Pre-requisite: PSY2020
PSY2050 Facilitation and Negotiation^4242MPre-requisite: PSY1102 for students enrolled in the BPSH and BPSB programs and CDS1001 or CDS1002 for students enrolled in the BSCI (Counselling) major. Students from other programs who wish to take this course will need permission from the examiner.
Elective 4242

Year 5 Semester 1

PSY4101 Psychology Honours Project A+5151MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH in Psychology major (12302) or BPSH. BPSH students, completion of the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4111 Advanced Research Approaches5151MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4020 Ethical and Professional Practice5151MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.

Year 5 Semester 2

PSY4030 Skills and Issues in Counselling5252MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4102 Psychology Honours Project B+5252MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH in Psychology major (12302) or BPSH. BPSH students, completion of the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.
PSY4070 Advanced Assessment5252MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSCH (Psychology major 12302) or BPSH or MSCR (Psychology Research). BPSH students must have completed the first 3 years with a GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 to 3 psychology courses.

Electives (choose four):

The table of elective courses below are psychology-related recommendations only and are only available in online mode. Students may take any single USQ elective course that is of interest to their future career. As four (4) approved courses, must be completed, students may wish to undertake a minor (refer to Minor Studies 2019 in the USQ Handbook).

PSY1101 Critical Thinking13Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BPSH or BSCI (13815 Psychology) or BSCI (17582 Psychology Extended) or BSCI (17327 Counselling) or BPSB
PSY3104 Psychological Skills E#31Pre-requisite: PSY2105 and Students must be enrolled in the BPSH program and have a GPA of 5.0 or above across their psychology courses.
PSY3730 Industrial and Organisational Psychology31Pre-requisite: PSY2010
PSY3105 Psychological Skills F#32Pre-requisite: PSY2105 and Students must be enrolled in the BPSH program and have a GPA of 5.0 or above across their psychology courses.
PSY3110 Clinical Health Psychology32Pre-requisite: PSY3030
PSY3250 Sport and Exercise Psychology2 or 32Pre-requisite: PSY1010 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: GDSI or MSCN
PSY3120 History and Systems of Psychology 2 or 33Pre-requisite: PSY1010 and PSY1020
PSY3101 Career Assessment and Development2 or 33Pre-requisite: PSY2010
PSY3400 Neuropsychology2 or 33Pre-requisite: PSY2040
PSY3500 Personality Theory2 or 33Pre-requisite: PSY2020

Footnotes
@This course is only available online, or on-campus Toowoomba.
^If studied externally, attendance at the on-campus Residential School is mandatory.
+Two unit course.
#This course has mandatory ONL workshops and mandatory placement requirements.