- Townsville: February, July
3 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
English (Units 3/4,C)
Gain expertise in analytical thinking and scientific research methods relevant to a broad range of careers and further study.
Study a core program in Psychology along with additional electives to suit your interests. Choose from a range of specialised subjects, including forensic psychology, memory and cognition, cognitive neuroscience, psychopathology, intercultural psychology, and social psychology.
Access world-class research and observation facilities, including a working Psychology clinic on-campus in Townsville. Combine this degree with business or sports and exercise science to broaden your skillset.
JCU Psychological Science graduates are innovative, critical thinkers who are widely-skilled and contribute valuably in their chosen fields.
View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
About JCU's Bachelor of Psychological Science
Are you eager to learn how the science of human behaviour and how the study of the mind can shape our world for good? With a Bachelor of Psychological Science (similar to a Bachelor of Behavioural Science) from JCU, you will be a strong critical thinker understanding how to improve the quality of life of others.
Learn from lecturers committed to student success and build a strong theoretical foundation with your behavioural science degree studies at JCU. Throughout your degree, apply theory into hands-on practice, learning the research skills you need to make practical use of your knowledge.
Become a skilled analytical thinker, a master of modern scientific research methods, and an innovative problem solver.
Study Behavioural Science and Master the Human Mind
With access to JCU's world-class research facilities, develop your insight into how major theories and concepts of psychology have practical application to the human condition. As you learn more about yourself, you will be ready to choose your own path through specialisations in areas like cognitive neuroscience, intercultural psychology, or memory and cognition.
A Behavioural Science Degree Gets You Ready for the Jobs of the Future
With your degree in behavioural studies, you will be ready to contribute valuably in your chosen field.
Graduates who study behavioural science at JCU, take their degrees into academic disciplines, research facilities, or private practice. You could serve the community with counselling services or in the courts or defence forces. Your degree, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, will make you a valuable employee to hospitals, schools, and even prisons.
Use your psychological science degree as a stepping stone to become a licensed clinical, educational, sport, or even forensic psychologist. As a graduate, you will be part of an elite group of highly sought-after professionals.
A Psychological Science Degree That Makes a Difference
Develop your skills and knowledge to move beyond theories and basic practical abilities. Throughout your behavioural science courses, you have the chance to reflect on how the scientific method applies to the human mind. Learn how to work within the ethical contexts that makes us human.
Gain skills as an effective communicator and collaborator, working with colleagues and peers while still exercising the intellectual independence you need to be a leader. With a keen understanding of cultural diversity, work with people across the cultural spectrum.
Experience a World-Class Education With JCU’s Bachelor of Psychological Science
Make a difference in the lives of your community, contribute to research that makes a difference, or be part of the solution. Build an understanding of human behaviour to help solve societal issues.
Whatever you choose to do with your degree, it all starts with a world-class education. Benefit from JCU Psychology’s strong focus on research and contribute to discoveries or interactions that make a difference.
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The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Refer to the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information. Complete an application through our Online Application Portal.
Entry score threshold
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in June each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
ATAR/Selection Rank: 69.35
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the Bachelor of Psychological Science for Semester 1, 2021. The table includes offers deferred to Semester 1, 2021 which may have been assessed using the entry score threshold of an earlier year.
<5 – indicates less than 5 OP/ATAR-based offers made.
* Refer to Adjustment Factors
Find out more about who you might study with by viewing this course’s student profile.
James Cook University applies bonus ranks under the Regional Preference Scheme and QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS). Learn more about JCU’s adjustment factors.
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)
Professional accreditation status
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. BPsychSc(Hons) or GDipPsych) plus either a two year Psychology Board of Australia approved postgraduate program, or a one year Psychology Board of Australia approved postgraduate program plus one year of supervised practice.
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
English (Units 3/4,C)
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.
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Academic Requirements for Course Completion
72 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science, graduates will be able to:
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 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.
PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: From Brain to Practice
PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology: From Perception to Reality
PY1103:03 Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think About Weird Things
PY1106:03 Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating
PY2103:03 Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis
PY2107:03 Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour
PY2111:03 Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance
PY2112:03 Memory and Cognition
PY2101:03 Psychological Neuroscience
PY2106:03 Through the Looking Glass: Development Across the Lifespan
PY3101:03 Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation
PY3102:03 Social Psychology in Everyday Life
PY3103:03 Mining the Mind: Psychopathology
PY3107:03 Psychological Assessment in Action
PY3108:03 Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans
Select 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects
Select 6 credit points of specified PY level 2 subjects from List 1
Select 9 credit points of specified PY level 3 subjects from List 2
PY2018:03 Intercultural Psychology and Cross Cultural Communication
PY2104:03 Connecting Social, Psychological and Physical Health
PY2109:03 The World around Us: Environmental Psychology
PY2110:03 Intersections of Psychology and Law: Forensic Psychology
PY3104:03 Counselling Principles and Practice for Diverse Environments
PY3105:03 Working it: Psychology in the Workforce
PY3106:03 Historical Narratives: Foundations of Modern Psychology
PY3109:03 Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind
PY3110:03 Sensing and Interpreting the World: a Psychology Perspective
PY3111:03 Population Clinical Health Promotion and Communication
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Must successfully complete all level 1 requirements before attempting any level 2 subjects. Must successfully complete 50% (12 credit points) of level 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject.
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. BPsychSc(Hons) or GDipPsych) plus two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology (Clinical)) with one further year of supervised practice.
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
48 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.
A maximum of 9 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3.Up to 24 credit points may be granted only to applicants who have been awarded a Diploma of Higher Education (Psychological Science).
BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
This is a joint degree
Inclusion of majors on
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.
Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]
Application for entry to the Honours program is by approval of the College Dean.
Completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science; and
Achievement of a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across PY2103, PY2107, and a minimum grade point average of 6.0 (i.e. distinction average) across 15 credit points of level 3 PY subjects, including PY3101 in the Bachelor of Psychological Science.
An ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent score. Scores are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.
JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.
Contact us to find out more.
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Psychological Science
I chose to study at JCU as I knew of the great reputation it has for job success and educational outcomes. The small class sizes mean that the lecture and tutorial staff are more accessible if you have any questions. One highlight so far is learning about biological processes and how these drive behaviour.
Bachelor of Psychological Science
I was impressed with the variety of subjects while studying the Bachelor of Psychological Science, including Forensic Psychology and Personality Psychology. My experience with Indigenous staff and peers has been a highlight throughout my university years and has provided rewarding and culturally strong opportunities.
Bachelor of Psychological Science
The highlights of my course are the lifelong friendships that I have made with classmates, and the connections that I have made with those already working in different areas of psychology. Thinking about studying psychological science at JCU? Do it!
Manager Offender Development, Lotus Glen Correctional Centre, Custodial Operations
It is great having JCU graduates on staff. The JCU school of Psychology clearly has experienced and knowledgeable lecturers, tutors and staff. The graduates bring a solid knowledge base, enthusiasm and energy to grow and build on their study, plus a genuine care to support the team around them.