Course and Subject Handbook 2021 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) [End-on]

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) [End-on]

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Course code


Course type

Bachelor Honours (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete, in addition to this course, two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology) with one further year of supervised practice.


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Healthcare Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a bachelor degree that includes an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council approved three-year sequence in Psychology completed within the past 10 years; and a minimum of a credit average (GPA 5.0) across PY2103, PY2107 and a minimum of a distinction average (GPA 6.0) across 15 credit points of level 3 PY subjects, including PY3101; or

Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council approved bridging degree that achieves foundational competencies within the past 10 years; and a minimum program GPA of 5.5; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above.

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

Entry to the program is by invitation of the College Dean.

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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate a coherent and advanced body of knowledge with depth in major theoretical perspectives and concepts, and philosophical and historical developments, in the core areas of psychology
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and evidence bases underpinning professional practice to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  • Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of professional practice, interventions and interactions
  • Exercise high-level judgement, critical thinking and initiative to identify and solve complex problems and make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning in research and/or professional practice contexts
  • Apply advanced English language and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate knowledge, data, arguments and research findings appropriate for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for one's own learning and practice in collaboration with others
  • Apply knowledge and skills of research principles, methods and ethics to plan and execute a piece of research and scholarship with some independence

Course Structure


PY4104:06 Psychology Thesis Part 1 of 2

PY4105:06 Psychology Thesis Part 2 of 2

PY4112:03 Ethics for Research and Professional and Evidence Based Practice

PY4113:03 Design and Analysis for Research

PY4114:03 Operationalising the Scientific Practitioner model

PY4115:03 Psychology: Now and the Future




JCU Singapore 
JCU Townsville 


Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements

Students may be required to undertake such tests and interviews as are considered necessary to assess their suitability to work in the helping professions.

Professional accreditation requirements

Graduates will be eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. Graduates of this course who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete two years of supervised practice in the field or an accredited masters degree.

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


Abbreviated title


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable