CC42 - Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)


Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

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).

Career Information

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.

Course Details
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

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Term 1 - 2022


Term 1 - 2021


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Term 1 - 2020


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International Availability

Term 2 - 2022


Term 1 - 2022


Term 1 - 2021

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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements
The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is designed for graduates who have completed a three year, accredited Australian Psychology Accreditation Counsel (APAC) degree in psychology and who wish to complete an APAC accredited fourth year.
To be eligible for consideration your degree must satisfy the following;

    • Completed within the last 10 years 
    • Completion of advanced research methods and statistics at year 3 level 
    • Minimum GPA of 5.5. Calculation of your GPA is based on the successful completion of second and third year approved APAC psychology sequence units.

    • Once you have met the minimum required GPA of 5.5 then you will be assessed for a place in the Course based on competitive entry.
    • 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.

      English Requirements:

      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:

      • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
      • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
      • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

      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:

      • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
      • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
      • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
      • Cambridge Certificate in advanced English (CAE) - Overall score of 169 or above (with no individual band score of less than 154); or
      • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above;

      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.

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    Security Requirements
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    Health Requirements

    Update effective 1/12/2021: You will be expected to hold vaccinations in relation to the COVID-19 immunisation should your CQUniversity Study require you to attend any setting / venue / event where there is a specific entry requirement for you to hold these vaccinations, as per relevant State Government directives.

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    Course Features

    Awards and Accreditation

    Interim Awards Not applicable
    Exit Awards Not applicable
    Professional Accreditation

    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

    Residential School Requirements

    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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    Practicum/Work Placement

    Not applicable

    Previous and Current Enrolments

    Year Number of Students
    2021 95
    2020 131
    2019 111
    2018 98
    2017 81
    Inherent Requirements
    There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

    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 Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

    Ethical Behaviour

    Examples are:

    • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
    • Treating personal information obtained as private and confidential.
    • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
    • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and using an ethical decision making model to take responsibility to ethically resolve dilemmas.
    • If undertaking research, preparing an application for the university ethics committee to conduct a research study.

    Behavioural Stability

    Examples are:

    • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
    • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner in difficult to deal with situations.
    • Successfully processing your own emotions and behaviour when dealing with potentially emotionally labile people in a wide range of professional environments.
    • Maintaining behavioural stability through successfully distinguishing your won personal behaviours, experiences and emotions from those of others (e.g. colleagues, clients, research participants).

    Legal Compliance

    Examples are:

    • Complying with relevant child protection and safety legislation, mandatory reporting requirements and any other notifiable concern to your field placement supervisor.
    • Complying with the requirements for student registration with AHPRA or Australian Psychological Society (APS).
    • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
    • Complying with university and workplace policy around the use of social media, online discussion forums, email and other electronic forms of communication.
    • If undertaking research, complying with the legal stipulations contained within an approved ethics application when conducting research with humans or animals.

    Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

    Examples are:

    • Verbally communicating your professional psychology practice knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts.
    • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual, group or workplace.
    • Framing and leading discussion with clients and/or research participants to collect information and provide instruction.
    • Discussing a client's progress with other professionals.
    • Using appropriate facial expressions: eye contact, being mindful of personal space boundaries, and a range of body movements and gestures.
    • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues that indicate a change in the emotional state of a client.
    • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar, punctuation and correct referencing to the required academic standards.
    • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge into a logical and legible report, in a timely manner that meets professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
    • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form that meets legal and professional requirements.
    • Where part of your course, preparing a document based on a body of research conducted under the supervision of an academic staff member.
    • Competently using a desktop operating system (e.g. Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X).
    • Accessing a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in online learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
    • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
    • Using a variety of computer programs to analyse, manipulate and display scientific information applicable to your course of study.

    Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

    Examples are:

    • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
    • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and perform professional skills within reasonable set time frames.
    • Where part of your course, successfully conducting an independent research project that incorporates the cognitive knowledge and skills gained from the course and is appropriate for a psychology graduate.
    • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions associated with the referencing format used by the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences (e.g., American Psychological Association [APA]).
    • Producing contextually appropriate text which meets professional and legal requirements.
    • Reading and accurately interpreting information related to clients and/or research participants, as well as convey a spoken message accurately and effectively in a professional setting.
    • Demonstrating competency in applying accurate mathematical knowledge and skills to score and interpret psychological test data.
    • Applying research methodologies in a variety of research contexts.
    • Conducting and interpreting statistical analysis using software such as SPSS, Nvivo, or R.

    Relational Skills

    Examples are:

    • Rapidly building rapport with people from all walks of life, as well as with colleagues and/or research participants and/or clients in the professional context.
    • Maintaining positive working relationships when under stressful circumstances.
    • Maintaining confidentiality in all contexts.

    Reflective Skills

    Examples are:

    • Reflecting critically on topics taught during the course.
    • Identifying when your practice may be negatively affected by personal experience and/or reactions, outside one's scope or expertise, and be able to reflect and learn from this experience.
    • Reflecting on situations that may be difficult and sensitive.
    • Identifying, reflecting and learning from successful situations as well as opportunities for improvement.

    Sustainable Performance

    Examples are:

    • Maintaining the appropriate level of commitment to coursework tasks, and actively participate in activities related to the course, including group work.
    • Undertaking examinations and on-line quizzes with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
    • Remaining focused and performing consistently during tasks.
    • Being aware of and managing your own workloads and personal commitments outside of university to ensure sustainable performance of course requirements.
    • Being aware of and managing your own stress and/or anxieties so that sustainable performance can be ensured within course requirements.

    Core Learning Outcomes
    • 1. Critically analyse theory, practice, and research in the psychology discipline
    • 2. Apply critical thinking, cultural responsiveness and ethical judgement in research and professional practice
    • 3. Employ effective pre-professional communication skills appropriate to psychology practice and research in a range of diverse contexts
    • 4. Demonstrate basic assessment strategies in situations appropriate to psychological practice
    • 5. Evaluate psychometric theory and psychological test instruments in a culturally sensitive way
    • 6. Explain how psychological intervention strategies can be applied across a variety of contexts
    • 7. Investigate a substantive individual research question relevant to the scientific discipline of psychology.
      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
    Course Structure

    In order to complete this course, you must:

    1. Complete the core structure
    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
    More Details

    Applications for the Term 2, 2022 intake open on 1st December 2021, and have an early closing date of 31st March 2022.

    Applications for the Term 1, 2023 intake open on 1st August 2022, and have an early closing date of 31st October 2022.


    Entry requirements

    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.


    Study schedule

    Students commencing the course in Term 2 can study either full-time or part-time. Students are unable to switch between Full-Time and Part-Time without prior approval from the Head of Course.

    Students commencing the course in Term 1 can study either full-time or part-time. Students are unable to switch between Full-Time and Part-Time without prior approval from the Head of Course.


    Credit transfer

    Credit transfers are not granted for Level 4 units.


    Computing Requirements

    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.


    Vaccination Requirements:

    You will be expected to hold vaccinations in relation to the COVID-19 immunisation should your CQUniversity Study require you to attend any setting / venue / event where there is a specific entry requirement for you hold these vaccinations, as per relevant State Government directives.


    Residential School:

    There will be one COMPULSORY Residential School held as part of the Honours in Psychology.

    For Term 1, the Residential School will be held at the North Rockhampton Campus, 554-700 Yaamba Road, Norman Gardens, QLD,.

    For Term 2, Residential School will be held at the CQUniversity Adelaide Campus, 44 Greenhill Road, Wayville, SA.


    We are hoping that this will be a face-to-face Residential School. However, if travel restrictions are in place for any State or Territory then we will transfer this Residential School to online for those affected. You will all be notified as soon as possible if this eventuates.

    ** Final specific program schedule will be advised closer to the residential school.