Bachelor of Psychological Science

Federation University

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is designed to prepare graduates to embark on a career in psychology and related professions. This degree is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Upon graduation, students intending to become psychologists can apply to continue their studies in one of our APAC accredited fourth-year programs: Graduate Diploma of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in a related profession. The Bachelor of Psychological Science provides you with a strong foundation of fundamental knowledge, theory, and understanding of different aspects of psychology. Our study options and smaller class sizes provide the opportunity to learn, develop, and apply a host of transferable skills that will be valuable in your professional and personal lives, including communication skills, research skills, and high level of problem solving and critical thinking skills. Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to explore a range of subjects which examine complexities of human thought and behaviour, including developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and personality. You will also have the option of broadening the scope of your studies through your chosen electives. Career options for Bachelor of Psychological Science graduates include work in community welfare and case management, business and industry, youth and family support, the criminal justice system, marketing, and research. Following further study you can join other Federation University graduates as registered psychologists who work in one of the many specialist psychology areas, including clinical, clinical-neuro, community, counselling, developmental, forensic, health, organisational, sport and academic psychology.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,698
International: $77,100

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 - Prerequisites Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English; ATAR. Non Year 12 - 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 Federation University Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST); Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher; 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.


This program consists of 360 credit points. Students will complete 17 core courses, as well as four specialised minor elective courses and 2 general elective courses.

Subjects you can Study:

Abnormal psychology; Cognitive psychology; Current issues in psychology; Introduction to psychology; Introduction to research methods in psychology; Lifespan developmental psychology; Logic and reasoning; Personality; Psychological testing and assessment; Social psychology; Statistical methods

Study Pathways:

Credit will be considered if students have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications. Graduates of this program can proceed to an accredited fourth year program, a Graduate Diploma or Honours in Psychology. After an appropriate fourth year program and either two years postgraduate study or two years of supervised practice, students may apply for registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Further information:

Further information:


The degree is recognised as an accredited undergraduate course by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00103D

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Berwick No info Yes Full time 3 years
Gippsland (Churchill) No info Yes Part time 6 years
Gippsland (Churchill) No info Yes Full time 3 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info Yes Full time 3 years
Berwick No info Yes Part time 6 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info Yes Part time 6 years

With our number one ranking for teaching quality and an enviable graduate employment rating (The Good Universities Guide 2016), Federation Business School prides itself on being one of the most student-friendly business schools in Australia, and has more than 20,000 domestic and international students.


We offer higher education programs in Ballarat, Gippsland, Berwick and the Wimmera. We also work with a range of partner institutes across Australia and the world.

Federation Business School combines a strong tradition of education with the freedom and dynamism that comes with being a regionally based university. Smaller class sizes mean you’re more than a student — you’re part of the new Federation Generation.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

As part of our commitment to provide you with as many opportunities, networks and experiences throughout your time studying with us, WIL is now a core component of our redesigned Bachelor of Business programs and an elective option in some commerce programs. Work Integrated Learning includes internships, overseas study tours and projects. By undertaking WIL you will benefit from our industry connections, apply your theory based knowledge and be job ready upon graduation.

Support Services

The University understands that starting your life as a university student is exciting, but that it also involves change with a challenge or two along the way. To help you meet these challenges, and to succeed, we have developed the following range of student-focused programs.

  • UniReady
  • Mentor program
  • PASS program
  • Learning skills advisors
  • After hours tutoring
  • ASK program
  • Study skills

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For the best start, live on Res.

With first year students guaranteed accommodation during their first year of study, living on Res is ideal for international students. Join us on Res and experience:

  • Proven transition program to help you settle in
  • Formation of lifelong friendships
  • 24-hour access to residential support
  • Planned experiences and instant networks
  • No hidden costs with bills included in rent
  • Residences located on or close to campus

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