Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

School of Arts & Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is a three-year program that provides students with foundational knowledge and skills in psychology as part of a comprehensive liberal arts program. Through this program, students gain a deep understanding of how human behaviour, cognitive functions, and emotional processes work based on evidence and conceptual research. They also learn about how physiological and biological processes can influence cognitive and emotional states, individual development and behaviour.

  • Why study this degree?

    A psychology degree is relevant to many career paths. Graduates will discover that studies in psychology are widely transferable and valuable across many industries and complement studies in areas such as the law, human resources and management, sociology, behavioural science, data analytics and social justice.

    Students explore the diagnosis and treatment of mental health difficulties while examining scientific methods used to analyse a wide range of topics related to mental health and behaviour. To further expand their knowledge, students can choose from a variety of second majors or minors that can complement their psychology studies and cater to their individual interests.

  • Program summary

    Year One

    • PSYC1030 Introduction to Psychology A
    • PSYC1040 Introduction to Psychology B
    • ABOR1000 Aboriginal People
    • CORE1000 Foundations of Wisdom (Core curriculum)
    • 4 x Electives*

    Year Two

    • PSYC2210 Social Psychology
    • PSYC2001 Research Methods for Psychology A
    • PSYC2170 Lifespan Development
    • PSYC2000 Perception and Decision making
    • 1x Core Curriculum elective (2nd or 3rd year)**
    • 3 (or 4) x Electives*

    Year Three

    • PSYC3003 Research Methods for Psychology B
    • PSYC3001 Brain, Biopsychology, and Behaviour
    • PSYC3330 Psychopathology
    • PSYC3002 Cognition and Learning
    • 1 x Core Curriculum elective (2nd or 3rd year)
    • 3 (or 4) x Electives*

    * Select 11 elective courses in psychology and other disciplines available from the School of Arts and Science and the School of Business and Law where permitted.

    ** The second Core Curriculum course can be taken in 2nd or 3rd year.

    Core Curriculum

    • CORE I: Foundations of Wisdom
    • CORE II: Elective
      • Electives in philosophy and\or theology
      • Professional embedded electives that integrate studies in a profession with philosophy and\or theology
      • An option to undertake a pilgrimage embedded in the study of the philosophy and theology of pilgrimage, e.g., World Youth Day
      • An option to undertake a course that integrates philosophy & theology with community service and charity work
      • An option to undertake an elective in philosophy, theology, and the liberal arts contained within an international experience

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Requirements.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer.

    More information regarding courses can be found at the course descriptions pages Fremantle Sydney.

    Please note: The availability of these courses and teaching staff is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements WA

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy the Minimum University Admission Requirements outlined. These include those relating to minimum age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.  See Individual Factors for further details regarding this.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education

    • Indicative ATAR/Selection Rank* of 70

    OR

    • International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 25

    *Selection Ranks include ATAR plus Adjustment Factors.

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Successful completion of 2 subjects at an undergraduate level or higher*

    OR

    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP), or a tertiary preparation program from another institution that is deemed to be of a similar academic rigour to the Notre Dame TPP

    *Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for credit (Advanced Standing).

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Successful completion of AQF Certificate IV or higher from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since may be considered for direct entry. This includes applicants who have completed Steiner, Montessori or home school curriculums. To qualify, applicants must be 20 years of age as at 1 March in the year of intake and meet one or more of the following:

    • Applicants who have completed at least two years of relevant work experience may be considered for direct entry. Applicants must provide evidence of their work experience, including duties undertaken and years of experience, and they must demonstrate that they have the academic capability to undertake undergraduate studies. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.

    OR

    • Completion of STAT with scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section^.

    OR

    • Completion of two Year 12 WACE, HSC or equivalent exams, with a result equivalent to the Indicative ATAR/Selection Rank listed under Secondary Education section above.

    *STAT results must have been obtained within the last three calendar years in order to be considered (e.g. for 2024 admission, STAT results obtained in 2023, 2022 or 2021 can be considered).

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

    Entry requirements NSW

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy the Minimum University Admission Requirements outlined. These include those relating to minimum age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.  See Individual Factors for further details regarding this.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education

    • Prescribed ATAR/Selection Rank*

    OR

    • International Baccalaureate (IB) score

    *Selection Ranks include ATAR plus Adjustment Factors.

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Successful completion of 2 subjects at an undergraduate level or higher*

    OR

    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP), or a tertiary preparation program from another institution that is deemed to be of a similar academic rigour to the Notre Dame TPP

    *Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for credit (Advanced Standing).

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Successful completion of AQF Certificate IV or higher from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since may be considered for direct entry. This includes applicants who have completed Steiner, Montessori or home school curriculums. To qualify, applicants must be 20 years of age as at 1 March in the year of intake and meet one or more of the following:

    • Applicants who have completed at least two years of relevant work experience may be considered for direct entry. Applicants must provide evidence of their work experience, including duties undertaken and years of experience, and they must demonstrate that they have the academic capability to undertake undergraduate studies. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.

    OR

    • Completion of STAT with scores of at least 150 in the Multiple Choice section and 150 in the Written English section^.

    OR

    • Completion of two Year 12 WACE, HSC or equivalent exams, with a result equivalent to the Indicative ATAR/Selection Rank listed under Secondary Education section above.

    *STAT results must have been obtained within the last three calendar years in order to be considered (e.g. for 2024 admission, STAT results obtained in 2023, 2022 or 2021 can be considered).

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Learning outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts graduates will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate broad theoretical and practical knowledge, with depth in the principles, theories, concepts and methodologies of psychology;
    2. Select and apply appropriate theory and methods to evaluate evidence, make recommendations and draw conclusions to problems;
    3. Apply knowledge and skills in a manner that is ethical, reflexive, culturally appropriate and responsive to the diversity of human persons;
    4. Communicate insights safely and effectively in a range of formats to diverse audiences;
    5. Work independently and in collaboration with others
  • Practical component

    There are no practicum requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Internship courses and work-integrated learning opportunities are available, but not required as electives in this Program

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of this program can follow diverse career paths in the private and public sectors. Careers available to graduates include Psychologist (with further study), Human Resources or Marketing Officer/Analyst, Manager, Researcher, Data analyst, Training and Development, Health and community program manager, Report writer, and Research assistant.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program. Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology.

  • Study abroad

    A global perspective adds a valuable dimension to your university education. At Notre Dame University you can study while experiencing the world. We encourage students to become active global citizens through a range of exchange programs, professional placements, study tours, and volunteer opportunities. Visit International Opportunities to find out more.

  • Professional accreditation

    The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accrediting Council (APAC) as a level 1 program for pathway to registration.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:


    CSP
    A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a place at university where the government pays part of your fees. This part is a subsidy, not a loan, and you don’t have to pay it back. However, this subsidy does not cover the entire cost of your study. Students must pay the rest, called the ‘student contribution amount’.

    In a Commonwealth Supported Place, your fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your fees will be split into two portions:

    • The Commonwealth contribution, which is the portion paid by the Australian Government.
    • The student contribution, which is the portion you pay. You may choose to pay upfront or defer your student contribution with a HECS-HELP Loan.

    Eligible students will be offered a CSP – you do not need to apply.


    HECS-HELP
    The HECS-HELP loan scheme assists eligible students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your HECS-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.


    For indicative fees and information on how to pay, including Government loan schemes and our online calculator, visit our Fees Page.

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