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Bachelor of Psychological Science

Learn more about human thought, behaviour and emotion.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Federation University Online
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Federation University Online
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Teaching Period 2, 2024
Teaching Period 3, 2024
Teaching Period 4, 2024
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR 50.00

The Bachelor of Psychological Sciences is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and explores a range of subjects on human thought and behaviour including developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, abnormal psychology and personality.

Throughout your studies, you’ll develop a solid foundation to equip you with the communication, research, critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to meet the high demand for graduates in psychology. You will also broaden your knowledge with elective subjects throughout first, second and third year.

As a graduate, you may work in community welfare and case management, business and industry, youth and family support, the criminal justice system, marketing or research.

If you wish to progress to further study and pursue registration as a psychologist, the Bachelor of Psychological Science is a pathway to the fourth year program the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours).

Following fourth year studies, you may progress into a masters program, receiving registration as a psychologist upon graduation.

  • Care and protection worker
  • Case manager
  • Case coordinator
  • Case worker
  • Community development worker
  • Community support worker
  • Community welfare worker
  • Early intervention coordinator
  • Family support worker
  • General management
  • Group facilitator/coordinator
  • Health education officer
  • Human resource officer
  • Integration aide
  • Market and social researcher
  • Marketing assistant
  • Outreach worker
  • Program coordinator
  • Program manager
  • Project coordinator
  • Recruitment officer
  • Sales and marketing officer
  • Senior youth officer
  • Sleep scientist
  • Support facilitator
  • Support worker
  • Psychologist*

*With further study

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 1 Electives (1)

Semester 1 Electives (2)

Semester 2

STATS1000, 15 credit points
Semester 2 Electives (1)

Semester 2 Electives (2)

Year 2

Semester 1

PSYCB2102, 15 credit points
PSYCB2105, 15 credit points
Semester 1 Electives (1)

Semester 2

PSYCB2103, 15 credit points
PSYCB2104, 15 credit points
PSYCB2107, 15 credit points
Semester 2 Electives (1)

Year 3

Semester 1

PSYCB3102, 15 credit points
PSYCB3109, 15 credit points
Semester 1 Electives (1)

Semester 1 Electives (2)

Semester 2

PSYCB3101, 15 credit points
PSYCB3112, 15 credit points
Semester 2 Electives (1)

Semester 2 Electives (2)

Approximately 8-12 hours per week

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This program has a guaranteed ATAR.

If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

This is not a minimum ATAR or the lowest ATAR selection rank.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in any Humanities, Literature, Media, Philosophy or Psychology equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).


Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.


Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Minimum requirements
Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this program. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway program such as Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program.


English language requirement

Overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0, with no band less than 6.5, or equivalent.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700537221 (Mt Helen), 3700737221 (Churchill), 3701837221 (Berwick), 3702337221 (Federation University Online)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HY5

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Pathways to this course:

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications. If you are seeking alternate entry into the Bachelor of Psychological Science you can consider applying for the following programs: Bachelor of Health Sciences - An APAC accredited Psychology Major can be completed in this program; Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study; A TAFE program in the health and welfare field.

Pathways from this course:

Satisfactory completion of this course can lead to the Bachelor of  Psychological Science (Honours), or  Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) or as a prelude to a higher degree in research or other professional qualification.



This qualification is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), enabling you to move into postgraduate study.

Following the completion of a fourth year program and either two years postgraduate study or two years of supervised practice, you may apply for registration as a psychologist in Australia.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Course co-ordinator

Ballarat - Mt Helen - Kieran Thorpe
Berwick - Justin Timora
Federation University Online - Danielle Wagstaff
Gippsland - Churchill - Garry Power