The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is designed for graduates who wish to complete an accredited fourth year in psychology to become eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist within Australia. Eligibility for entry to this course requires successful completion of an accredited three year course in psychology within the past 10 years, which includes foundational competencies (as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)) and successful completion of year 3 advanced research methods and statistics.
In the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), you will successfully complete 48 units of credit to satisfy the requirements of the award. You will be introduced to applied and professional uses of psychology as well as professional ethics and an appreciation of the social and cultural contexts of psychological research and professional practice. You will also undertake advanced research training, and have the opportunity to conduct your own original piece of research that may lead to publication in a professional journal. Successful completion of this course will fulfil the pre-professional competencies and standards of a Psychology Honours degree as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Psychologists are employed in a wide and diverse range of areas including clinical work, counselling, neuropsychology, child development, education, forensic, health, organisational and sports psychology, as well as in teaching and research. The majority of psychologists work in the private sector, although significant numbers are employed by government departments and agencies. By successfully completing the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), you will become eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. From there, you will be able to apply for admission onto further specialist units in order to train for work in a particular field of Psychology.
|Duration||1 years full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||48|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||BPsychSc (Honours)|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree|
Overseas qualifications must be assessed for comparability to an Australian psychology education pathway for entry into an APAC accredited course in psychology. This assessment must be completed by the Australian Psychology Society (APS) before students are eligible for entry into CC42.
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
The CQUniversity Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and as such, successful completion of this course will mean that you are qualified to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Provisionally registered psychologists are required to undertake a minimum of two years industry supervision or a relevant postgraduate course, such as the CQUniversity Master of Clinical Psychology to be eligible for full professional accreditation as a registered psychologist. As a registered psychologist the opportunity exists to gain employment in a wide range of fields such as clinical psychology, counselling, clinical neuropsychology, educational, forensic, health, organisational and sports psychology, as well as teaching and research (which do not require professional registration).
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||There is a compulsory residential school for the unit PSYC14050 Ethics & Professional Issues in Psychology and the unit PSYC14051 Research Project A within the first term of commencing the course.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding|
|5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence|
|Number of units: 6||Total credit points: 48|
Students who intend to apply for registration with the Psychologists Registration Board must be aware that they will be required to commence this Honours level qualification in psychology within 10 years of completion of their accredited 3 year undergraduate degree in Psychology.
|Year 1 - Term 1|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC14047||Advanced Data Analysis|
|PSYC14050||Ethics & Professional Issues in Psychology|
|PSYC14051||Psychology Research Project A|
|Year 1 - Term 2|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC14048||Advanced Psychological Assessment|
|PSYC14049||Professional Practice of Cognitive Therapies|
|PSYC14052||Psychology Research Project B|
Applications for Term 1 2021 intake have an early closing date of 31 October 2020.
Successful applicants must take up their place for the year and term for which it is offered. If your application is successful and you are not able to take up the place offered, your place will not be held open and you will need to re-apply competitively for a place starting in any subsequent year or term.
When a mid-year intake is available, intakes at Term 1 and Term 2 are considered as separate and independent streams. Applicants who are offered a place commencing in Term 1 must follow the sequence of Term 1 followed by Term 2 study. Applicants who are offered a place commencing in Term 2 must follow the sequence of Term 2 followed by Term 3 study and there can be no switching between streams.
Students commencing the course in Term 2 can study either full-time or part-time.
Students commencing the course in Term 1 can study either full-time or part-time.
Credit transfers are not granted for Level 4 units.
It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.
It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.