Graduate Certificate of Psychology

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Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Healthcare Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in any field other than psychology at this or another university.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Special admission requirements

Candidates will need to ensure that they have reliable access to internet services and computing resources.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Psychology, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills in major theoretical perspectives, and philosophical and historical developments in areas of psychology.
  • Critically review, evaluate and apply evidence bases in psychology to solve questions related to the challenges of the diverse populations in regional, national and international communities.
  • Demonstrate high-level judgement, responsibility and accountability for one’s own learning and practice in collaboration with others.
  • Demonstrate advanced English language, technological and numeracy skills to communicate knowledge and findings to others.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information, refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

Select 12 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

PY4201:03 Social Psychology

PY4202:03 Individual Differences in Personality

PY4203:03 The Psychology of Health, Wellbeing and Resilience

PY4204:03 Human Development Across the Lifespan

PY4205:03 Psychological Disorders and Interventions

PY4206:03 Learning, Memory, Cognition and Language

PY4207:03 Neuroscience and the Biological Bases of Behaviour

PY4208:03 Environmental Psychology and Sustainable Futures

PY4209:03 Principles of Counselling

PY4210:03 Research and Statistics for Psychology




JCU Online

This course is 100% online through a carousel delivery model.


Expected time to complete

8 months part-time

Maximum time to complete

20 months

Maximum leave of absence

12 months


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Course includes mandatory fieldwork


Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Not eligible

Maximum allowed

Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

Not applicable

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging), and may be granted credit for all subjects completed under this course.

Special awards

Not applicable