Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Behavioural Science

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

This double degree, combines the knowledge and widely applicable skills of the Bachelor of Arts, and knowledge and skills relating to psychology, political science, cultural studies and sociology in the Bachelor of Behavioural Science.

This double degree can be completed in 4 years of full-time study or you can study part-time.

  • Why study this program?

    The Bachelor of Arts component will develop your ability to analyse, interpret, deliberate, draw conclusions, communicate, work as a team member and problem-solve. You will be able to consider multiple perspectives and handle ambiguity and uncertainty. These are the skills needed in the 21st century workplace and they will complement your study of the Bachelor of Behavioural Science perfectly.

    You will study an Arts Major in a humanities or social science area of your choice which will give you in-depth, specialist knowledge and skills that will allow you to contribute effectively to the cultural and intellectual life of society. Our Majors include English Literature, Social Justice, Politics and International Relations, History, Archaeology, Theatre Studies, Journalism and Film and Screen Production. See the Program Regulations for the complete list.

    The Bachelor of Behavioural Science is a unique program that combines elements of psychology, political science, cultural studies and sociology. Integrating specialised knowledge developed in these social science disciplines, and with a strong focus on critical psychology, the program forges a connection between traditional psychology and social work. As a graduate, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work with those who may be experiencing marginalisation or disadvantage.

    As part of the Bachelor of Behavioural Science you will complete 12 Behavioural Science courses, including an Internship which offers you the chance to apply your theoretical knowledge and to learn a whole lot more in a professional workplace.

  • Program outline

    CoursesNumber of courses
    Core Curriculum courses 3
    Academic Writing, Communication & Research course 1
    Arts Major courses 8
    Behavioural Science courses 12
    Elective courses:
    These courses can be used to form another Major OR a Minor (6 courses) plus 2 electives
    Total number of courses in the double degree 32

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

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer in 2020 and 2021.

  • Study abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • 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.

  • Entry requirements

    School Leavers:

    • ATAR of 70 (indicative only). Applicants must have obtained this score within the last five years
    • IB of 25+ (indicative only). Applicants must have obtained this within the last five years.

    Post School Leaver/Mature Age Applicants:

    • Successful completion of a Notre Dame enabling program
    • One semester (FTE) success in an undergraduate university course
    • Certificate IV completed at a Registered Training Organisation (TAFE) or equivalent
    • STAT score of 145 or higher
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE exams with a resulting ATAR of 70.
  • Fees

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

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

  • Career opportunities

    The transferable skills from Bachelor of Arts are sought after by many employers. Combining these skills with knowledge and skills from Behavioural Science, which helps you understand individual and group behaviours, would position you well for many career paths.

    Career opportunities will depend on the Major you choose in your Bachelor of Arts but could include:

    • Intelligence analyst
    • Community project officer
    • Change manager
    • Research officer
    • Disability services coordinator
    • Family participation officer
    • Client services coordinator
    • Youth housing officer
    • Employment consultant
    • Assessment and referral officer
    • Intercountry adoption support coordinator
  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Behavioural Science BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2021 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2021

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    N/A N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) studyN/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    N/A N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    <5 N/P
    International studentsN/A N/A
    All students<5100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offerN/AN/A
    Median rank to receive an offerN/AN/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer



    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Behavioural Science, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on