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Summary
Bachelor of Science Major Psychology Extended (BSCI)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Ipswich

This program is currently being re-accredited and is as a consequence likely to undergo some changes.
View USQ Handbook

Professional experience

Interested in understanding and predicting how people will act under particular circumstances? Do you want to explore the underlying processes which explain how people think and feel?

The Bachelor of Science (Psychology Extended) you will prepare you to describe and examine types of psychological phenomena using the scientific method, and then apply these findings to produce solutions to psychological problems such as treating mental illness or evaluating job performance.

The degree will cover various areas of psychological study, including personality, neuroscience, health, human development, career, legal, memory, attention, intelligence and motivation, as well as how to study these using statistical methods, and the importance of applying a cross-cultural perspective and adhering to professional ethical standards.

Which Psychology degree is for me?

All USQ psychology degrees will study the same compulsory 12 unit psychology courses. Which degree is right for you will depend on your interests and goals.

  • The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) will provide you with the opportunity to complement your psychology major with another major or two minors. Perhaps Counselling or Human Resource Management?
  • Within the Bachelor of Science (Psychology Extended) you will delve deeper into advanced theory and practice in psychological sciences, ending your degree with two-unit capstone course, which will be research-focused or practitioner-focused (undertaking a work placement).
  • Studying the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) has a greater focus on developing your professional portfolio through psychological-skills based courses, which include workplace placements. This degree is particularly beneficial if your primary focus is working with clients.

Further study

Completion of either the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) or Bachelor of Science (Psychology Extended) with a qualifying grade point average will enable students to apply for entry into the fourth (Honours) year of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Science (Psychology Extended) major will meet full accreditation with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a three-year sequence of study.

The practical components embedded into the coursework of this degree make graduates stand out in the job market. You may find work in the public or private sector, marketing, human resources, counselling or sports psychology.

Registration as a provisional psychologist will require completion of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Psychology).

Courses to be studied Units
4 x core courses 4
plus 16 x major courses
14
plus 2 x psychology elective courses
2
plus 4 x elective courses
4
or 1 x 4-unit minor  4
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 8710
Domestic full fee paying AUD 19060

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

15/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External/Online 906365
Ipswich 936361

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 2, 2017 - applications close Monday 3 July, with Semester 2 commencing on 10 July 2017.
  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 7 November, with Semester 3 commencing on 14 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with Semester 1 commencing on 26 February 2018.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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