Bachelor of Psychological Science

Learn more about human thought, behaviour and emotion.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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3 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Year 12 applicants will be ranked based on their ATAR and ATAR Adjustment Factors – e.g. Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and Subject Adjustments.

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 fourth year programs including the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours) and the Graduate Diploma of Psychology.

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 program structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

Year 1

Semester 1

Elective Courses

Minor Courses

Semester 2

STATS1000, 15 credit points
Elective Courses

Minor Courses

Year 2

Semester 1

PSYCB2102, 15 credit points
PSYCB2105, 15 credit points
Elective Courses

Semester 2

PSYCB2103, 15 credit points
PSYCB2104, 15 credit points
PSYCB2107, 15 credit points
Elective Courses

Year 3

Semester 1

PSYCB3102, 15 credit points
PSYCB3108, 15 credit points
PSYCB3109, 15 credit points
Elective Courses

Semester 2

PSYCB3101, 15 credit points
PSYCB3110, 30 credit points
Elective Courses

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

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

Compulsory: Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.

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)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HY5

CRICOS code: 055553A

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,021 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2022

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

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:
•    Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program* - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study.

*Please note: Successful completion of FAST does not guarantee you automatic entry in to this program.  Entry Requirements still apply. 

Pathways from this course:

Satisfactory completion of this course can lead to the Bachelor of  Psychological Science (Honours), Graduate Diploma of Psychology 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.

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 programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, 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

School department

School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Course coordinator

Ballarat - Mt Helen - Kieran Thorpe
Berwick - Justin Timora
Gippsland - Churchill - Danielle Wagstaff