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Psychology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) may also be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Psychology for students who do not meet the initial entry requirements, as the ATAR (or equivalent) for entry is lower.

Course highlights

The Bachelor of Psychology at Charles Sturt University can provide you with the current minimum academic requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist.

  • A flexible degree

    This degree puts you in control. You can choose to study on campus at Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. Alternatively, you can study online, with live and recorded lectures and flexible schedules so you can fit your learning around your other commitments. You may even be eligible to receive credit for prior study and graduate sooner.

  • Gain a solid foundation for your future career

    CSU provides you with a comprehensive degree in psychology. You will acquire knowledge across a range of key areas, including cognition, developmental and social psychology, psychological testing, biopsychology, psychopathology, personality, learning theory and research methodology. After graduation, you'll be able to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist.

  • Follow your interests

    In addition to the compulsory psychology subjects, you will also complete  a minor study in another discipline to enhance your study experience. Minors are available in a range of related disciplines, including business, history and politics, justice studies and social welfare. A broad choice of psychology electives is available, including Psychology of Crime, Health Psychology, Psychology of Substance Abuse, Psychology and the Legal System and Psychology of Stress and Trauma. You may also have the opportunity to complete a supervised experience at an international university.

  • Take your study further

    All students must satisfy academic criteria by the end of third year (or equivalent) to progress to the fourth year (or equivalent) of this course. Meritorious students will be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

Career opportunities

A four-year psychology degree opens many doors in the workforce. Currently, upon graduation from the Bachelor of Psychology you may apply for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia. You could then become eligible for general registration as a psychologist with at least two years of supervised practical experience. Alternatively, you may be eligible to progress to an APAC-accredited fifth-year program (followed by one year of supervised practice), or an APAC-accredited fifth and sixth year, which also lead to eligibility for general registration.

  • Work for health services

    Provide counselling and wellbeing services through social welfare positions or, once you have completed your registration, go into private practice.

  • Support business

    Psychology is highly relevant to almost every industry and workplace. Work with large and small companies or consulting firms to provide human resource and organisational wellbeing support and insights.

  • Futureproof your career

    The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business predicts that future job growth for psychologists will be very strong. And with the 2018/19 Good Universities Guide listing Charles Sturt University psychology graduates as having the highest graduate employment rate in the country, the future looks bright for your career in psychology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    256 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Psychology 
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychological Testing
  • Biopsychology
  • Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Cognition
  • Psychology of Learning

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

CRICOS CODE: 025518G (Bathurst, Port Macquarie)

Applicants for the Bachelor of Psychology must meet the following Admission Requirements:

  • A completed High School Certificate (or equivalent) with an ATAR of at least 75 (including adjustment factors)


  • Have completed at least 8 subjects or more of a Bachelor (or higher) level qualification with a GPA of 5.0.
  • Applicants who do not meet the entry requirement for the Bachelor of Psychology may be eligible for entry into CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology). This course is identical to the first three years (equivalent full-time) of the Bachelor of Psychology.  There is an established course transfer pathway between the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and the Bachelor of Psychology in the third year.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Bathurst

  • 1260 - 2250 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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