Bachelor of Psychological Science - Bachelor of Social Science

Course summary

Combine an accredited psychology degree with your choice of major in a Social Science degree, to broaden your knowledge and develop your competitive edge. You can qualify for entry to the fourth year of Psychology, required for provisional accreditation as a psychologist.

This degree

You will undertake comprehensive study in processes basic to human psychological functioning, combined with an interdisciplinary foundation in studies that enable you to understand, describe, explain and predict human behaviour in contexts of their everyday lives, communities and environments. This knowledge and skill set will allow you to contribute to addressing the complex and changing needs of individuals, families and communities in the face of technological, economic, environmental and social change.

The skills and knowledge you will acquire from these combined degrees will give you a distinct advantage in your professional objectives after graduation.

What you will study

In the first year of your degree you will study the foundations of psychology, learn about research methods and statistics, and complete a common set of core subjects from a number of social science disciplines.

You will have the opportunity to specialise in one of the Social Science majors listed below and undertake further study in personality, biological psychology and learning, cognition and perception, and developmental and social psychology.

*Subject to final approval

Additional electives and minors from the Social Science, Arts and Science disciplines are also available to complement your studies.

Course information

Study area

Psychology, Social Sciences

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

375

ATAR-SR

75

IB Score

26

Duration

4.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

094750F

UAC Code

751761

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 75 or an IB of 26. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Students who have completed the Diploma of Social Science (UOW College) are eligible for up to 24 credit points of credit towards the Bachelor of Psychological Science - Bachelor of Social Science.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

86

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Students who have completed the Diploma of Social Science (UOW College) are eligible for up to 24 credit points of credit towards the Bachelor of Psychological Science - Bachelor of Social Science.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,224 (2020)

$146,016 (2020)

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,224 (2021)

$146,016 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2020 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 27 July 2020
Session: 3 August – 3 December 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 3 July 2020.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2020. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 10 July 2020. Late applications may be considered.

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

2021 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): TBC (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 27 June 2021*
  • International Applicants: 27 June 2021*
    • *Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
      Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

      Course structure

      (Current year structure - subject to change)

      Course Learning Outcomes

      A number of the course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Applied across two discipline areas, the outcomes are achieved at a broader and more comprehensive level.

      Please refer to the Handbook page of each individual degree for a list of course learning outcomes.

      Course Structure

      The Bachelor of Psychological Science - Bachelor of Social Science requires the successful completion of a minimum of 216 credit points in accordance with the table below, including:

      1. at least 78 credit points of core Psychology subjects*; 
      2. at least 24 credit points of core 100-level Social Science subjects;
      3. at least 24 credit points of core 200-level Social Science subjects;
      4. at least 48 credit points from a Social Science major ; and
      5. additional elective subjects, as required, to achieve a minimum degree total of 216 credit points, chosen from the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Social Science or the General Schedule.

      No more than 84 credit points shall be completed at 100 level.

      Students may wish to consider completing a Social Science or General Schedule minor.

      *Note: Students who plan to apply for entry to Psychology Honours and follow a path to professional registration as a psychologist should complete the extended psychology requirements as described in the Bachelor Psychological Science degree. 

      Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
      Year 1
      Psychology Core
      PSYC120 Critical Thinking and Communication Skills in Psychology 6 Autumn
      PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
      Social Science Core
      GEOG121 Life in a Globalising World 6 Autumn
      HAS 220 Becoming a Social Scientist: Interdisciplinary Competencies 6 Autumn
      GEOG122 Living in a Material World 6 Spring
      HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
      And one or both of the following ^:
      HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
      SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6 Autumn
      Social Science major foundation or elective
      Students are advised to begin their Social Science major if pre-requisites are satisfied, or take a 6 credit point elective from Social Science subjects or the General Schedule. Students completing the Social Policy major are advised to take HAS 202 in Year 1 instead of Year 2.
      Year 2*
      Psychology Core
      PSYC121 Foundations of Psychology A 6 Autumn
      PSYC122 Foundations of Psychology B 6 Spring
      Social Science Core
      GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6 Autumn
      HAS 202  Introduction to Social Policy 6 Spring
      And one or both of the following:
      HAS 200 Social Justice in a World of Inequality 6 Autumn
      GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring
      Social Science major
      12 credit points from 200 level subjects contributing to the selected Social Science major.
      Electives
      And 6 credit points to contribute to the Social Science major and/or electives, from Social Science subjects or the General Schedule.
      Year 3*
      Psychology Core
      PSYC231 Personality 6 Autumn
      PSYC234 Biological Psychology and Learning 6 Autumn
      PSYC250 Quantitative Methods in Psychology 6 Autumn
      PSYC236 Cognition and Perception 6 Spring
      PSYC241 Developmental and Social Psychology 6 Spring
      Social Science major
      12 credit points from subjects contributing to the selected Social Science major.
      Electives
      And 6 credit points to contribute to the Social Science major and/or electives, from Social Science subjects or the General Schedule.
      Year 4*
      Psychology Core
      PSYC324 Assessment and Intervention 6 Autumn
      Plus 18 credit points of Psychology subjects at 300-level (refer to Bachelor of Psychological Science single degree for subject choices).
      Social Science major
      18 credit points to contribute to the Social Science major and/or electives, from Social Science subjects or the General Schedule.
      Year 5*
      Electives
      24 credit points to contribute to the Social Science major and/or electives, from Social Science subjects or the General schedule.

       *Note: Students have increasing freedom to structure their course to fit their chosen major from Year 2. In particular, those planning an extended Psychology major for Honours eligibility should carefully plan the sequence of their subjects for their whole degree before enrolling in Year 2.

      ^ Please note:

      • Students are advised to take SOC 103 if they are intending to complete a major or minor in Criminology, Social Policy or Sociology.
      • Students are advised to take HAS 130 if they are intending to complete a major or minor in Health Promotion, Public Health or Social Marketing.
      • Students in other majors should choose a subject according to their interests or planned minors.

      For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

      Majors

      The Bachelor of Psychological Science requires completion of a major sequence in Psychology.

      The Bachelor of Social Science requires selection of a major from the approved list set out on the Bachelor of Social Science Handbook page.

      Honours

      Students who complete an extended major in psychology are eligible to apply for the one year honours program to confer the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). To see the extended psychology subject list for entry into the honours program, please go to the Bachelor of Psychological Science Handbook page.

      Honours in Social Science is also available for students who wish to undertake research training and advanced scholarship. See Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) for more details.  

      Course Handbook

      (Current year structure - subject to change)

      Accreditation & professional recognition

      Completion of four years in Psychology is an important step for registration as a psychologist in Australia. The Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited as the first three years of study. To complete the four years students can complete an Honours year to meet the academic requirement for eligibility for provisional registration as a psychologist. An additional two years of supervised practice is necessary to apply for registration as a professional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, or through an accredited Masters or professional doctoral degree.

      Why choose this course

      The UOW School of Psychology offers excellent facilities and staff, which guarantee quality education and opportunities for first-rate research. The Northfields (Psychology) Clinic located on campus provides training and supervision of graduates in clinical psychology through a psychological service to the community. The Clinic offers a range of assessment, intervention and counselling services for children, adolescents and adults.

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