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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Major Psychology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Major Psychology (BSCH)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 1 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July

Note: Semester 1 (February) intake for the Psychology major is available at USQ Toowoomba and via external study.  Semester 2 (July) intake for the Psychology major is via external study only. International students can only complete the Psychology Honours program as a full-time on-campus student.

Overview

  • The Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Psychology gives you the opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in professional areas of psychology such as counselling, ethics, assessment, and intervention as well as your research skills.
  • This degree involves both coursework and a research project conducted under the supervision of a staff member.
  • The skills you will learn will help you gain the competencies necessary to be an effective scientist-practitioner.

Further study

Successful completion of honours will qualify you for application for entry into postgraduate programs, including masters and PhD studies.

Places within the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program specialising in Psychology are limited by quota.
Selection from applicants who met admission requirements will be based on ranking by GPA from previous Psychology studies.
Quota size is determined by the availability of supervision places.
Where the quota is filled in the Semester 1 (February) intake, no further places will be offered in Semester 2  (July) of that year.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fourth-year program in psychology.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. However, there is a requirement to complete a further two years of supervised practice or an approved masters program after initial registration. You would also eligible to apply to the Australian Psychological Society for Associate Membership. If you achieve a high level of honours (either First Class or Second Class, Division A), you would be eligible to apply for a Masters program or PhD at USQ and other universities.

Career outcomes

  • Once you are provisionally registered, you may work with an approved supervisor (supervising psychologist approved by the Psychology Board of Australia) in any field that a psychologist is employed.
  • Carer opportunities within the public and private health system, non-government community organisations, correction services, child protection services, and private practice await!

Entry requirements

  • 3-year bachelor degree or equivalent in the area of Honours study from a recognised institution, with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (credit)
  • Be current in your major area of study. You should have commenced your undergraduate degree no earlier than 8 years previous to the year of application and will have satisfied requirements for the award of that degree no more than 3 years previously.
  • Candidates for the Psychology major must have completed a program of study approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as constituting the first 3 years (or equivalent) of study in psychology within the last 3 years.

Satisfaction of admission requirements does not guarantee admission as this specialisation is limited by quota.

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.

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 8 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
1 x major 8
Total 8

 

Deferment is not available for this program.

All students must attend the compulsory orientation and all workshops for the courses in which they are enrolled. These compulsory attendance requirements are a condition of the accreditation with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Refer to the USQ 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 USQ Handbook or please contact us for more information.

All courses in the Psychology major are offered as intensive on-campus workshops during a residential school in USQ Toowoomba and/or USQ Ipswich. Attendance at workshops/residential school is mandatory.

Each course has two workshops per semester, are you are required to attend four intensive workshop blocks (4 residential schools) per year. The location of the workshops/residential schools will be advised at the beginning of each semester.

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 9527
Domestic full fee paying

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

AUD 22400

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

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

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

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

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

Closing dates

  • Applications for Semester 1, 2021 - Major round applications close Friday 23 October 2020. A top-up round of applications close Monday 4 January 2021, where places are not filled in the previous round.
  • Applications for Semester 1, 2022 - Major round applications close Friday 22 October 2021. A top-up round of applications close Monday 3 January 2022, where places are not filled in the previous round.

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