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Graduate Certificate of Science Specialisation Psychology in Schools

Graduate Certificate of Science Specialisation Psychology in Schools (GCSC)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
Campus
  • -
Duration
  • 1 year part-time
Start date
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)
Note: This specialisation is only available through part-time study.

Overview

  • Be prepared to deliver education in psychology, an emerging field in senior secondary education. Psychology is now offered as a subject in Queensland for year 11 and 12 students and there is demand for qualified teachers to deliver in this field.
  • This specialisation has been tailored to prepare secondary school teachers to deliver and assess the introductory psychology syllabus.
  • You will have the chance to work with an experienced USQ researcher/mentor to plan, conduct, analyse, and communicate results from a self-selected experiment or research investigation.
  • You will gain the key research skills in psychology that the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) expects psychology teachers to display, teach, and assess in senior secondary psychology.

Further study

This qualification is also ideal for those wishing to move into further study. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science, students have the ability to move into the Graduate Diploma of Science.

Career outcomes

  • Graduates will be capable and confident of teaching the Queensland senior secondary psychology curriculum, and select, apply, and coordinate student assessments that comply with the QCAA Psychology Syllabus.

Entry requirements 

  • 3-year Bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent. 
  • or
  • equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption procedure.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Pathways

USQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit.  

Courses to be studied Units
4 x specialisation courses 4
Total 4

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.

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 (4 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 4760
Domestic full fee paying

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

AUD 13440

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.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.
  • Semester 3, 2020 - applications close Friday 20 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 16 November 2020.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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

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