Admissions Process 2017-09-14T04:45:17+00:00

ISN Admissions Process

The following Application Process is from Section B: Admissions: Entry Requirements of the ISN Policies and Procedures (from 21 August 2017). We seek to provide you with a rigorous, open and fair admissions selection process, as below.


1.1  ISN endeavours to have fair and equitable processes for admission into all courses.

1.2  Application for admission is done online through ISN’s web page.

1.3  Applications for course entry must be made prior to cut off dates published on the website for individual course offerings.

1.4  Applications will consist of submission of an application form together with original documentation outlining student achievements, past secondary and tertiary education results, and references where applicable.

1.5  Applications can be received at any time throughout the year although cut off dates will be published for commencement within any given semester.

1.6  Applications received past the published deadline for any course offerings in a given semester may not be considered.

1.7  Applicants may apply for entry into the following course offerings either part-time or full time:

1.7.1  Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Year 1 -4)
1.7.2  Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) (4th year only)
1.7.3  Master of Psychology (Clinical) (Year 5-6)
1.7.4  Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) & Master of Psychology (Clinical) sequence (Year 1-6)
1.7.5  Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) & Master of Psychology (Clinical) (year 4-6)

1.8  Applications for the following multiple course combination offerings will be permitted as full time course offerings only:

• 1.7.4
• 1.7.5

1.9  Quotas will be imposed on courses in line with available resources.

1.10  Students must complete their course within a timely manner. Students must maintain an enrolment of at least two units per semester for part-time (or in the case of part time Honours students, 50 credit points per year) and four units per semester (or in the case of Master students, five units) for full time status. Failure to maintain this level of enrolment may result in a “Show Cause” notice. The appropriate course coordinator, in consultation with the Head of Psychology, may provide special dispensation allowing for fewer units/credit points to be undertaken per part-time year in special circumstances.

1.11 Current year 12 VCE students applying for 1.7.1 will be selected based on Tertiary Admissions Ranking Scores.

1.12 For all other, none year 12, applicants or applications for other courses (1.7.2, 1.7.3, 1.7.4 or 1.7.5) the acceptance into a course or course sequence is a two-stage process involving:

1.12.1  Submission of an application form with relevant documentation.
1.12.2  An interview process.

1.13  Applicants will be notified of their progression to stage two following the outcome of a process of evaluation by a subcommittee of ISN representing senior members of the Academic Board (President and/or Head of Psychology), together with the Undergraduate Coordinator, and/or Honours Coordinator, and/or Postgraduate Coordinator.

1.14  Applicants not considered having the necessary combination of academic achievements and psychology related work experience will be notified of the outcome within one month of the application cut-off date.

1.15  Applicants considered for the stage two interview process will be considered to have the necessary combination of academic achievement and psychology related work experience.

1.16  Consideration will be based on the ISN subcommittee’s score for each applicant determined by averaging committee members’ assessment of academic achievement and psychology related work experience. Students will be ranked and notification of requests for a stage two interview will be sent out to individuals over a number of rounds until course quotas are fulfilled.

1.17  Applicants who have achieved a high subcommittee score (top 75th percentile) and who have also applied to undertake a sequence of courses (see 1.7.4; 1.7.5) will be notified to book vocational and related psychological assessments through ISN Psychology prior to attending a second stage interview. The results will be provided confidentially to the postgraduate coordinator (Director of Clinical Programs) to assist in the subcommittee’s deliberations following the second stage interview.

1.18  Applicants of the multiple course sequence who do not meet the requirements set out in 1.15 may be notified of an interview for either 1.7.1 or 1.7.2 depending on the sequence requested.

1.19  Consideration to interview is no guarantee of admission into the course.

1.20  Interviewed applicants will be assessed for their overall suitability to the course. Final ranking by the subcommittee will be based on academic achievement, level of psychological engagement, psychological assessment, where applicable, and performance at interview.

1.21  Applicants who have applied for the sequence offering and were granted an interview with a psychological assessment but who were not successful following the interview for the multiple course offering, may be offered entry into the relevant course 1.7.1 or 1.7.2.

1.22  While applicants may be offered a course sequence, progression through this sequence is conditional on meeting minimum entry level expectation for each of the courses undertaken (see section B3 Requirements for Admission).

1.23  The subcommittee will not deliberate further once a decision has been made.

1.24  Offers for admission will be made over a number of rounds.

1.25  Should the quota not be filled, a second call for applications will be made. These applicants will be assessed on an ad hoc basis and upon reaching levels considered to be of admission standard (by way of application and interview) will be made an offer of admission.

1.26  In order to be considered for a place in 1.7.2, 1.7.3, 1.7.4 or 1.7.5, applicants must have completed the necessary prior levels of an APAC accredited sequence of psychology.

1.27  Students offered the sequence degree 1.7.4 or 1.7.5 must maintain an enrolment and pass grade in four units per semester to remain eligible for automatic entry into the next AQF level provided entry requirements are met.

2.1  A quota will be imposed on specific courses which will be determined by:

• the staff: student ratio as prescribed by Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
• the resources available to service student research offerings.
• the number of equivalent full time (EFT) students currently enrolled in the course.
• the number of available places.


3.1  The ISN selection subcommittee will determine minimum standards.

3.2  The subcommittee will consist of a mixture of academic and clinical staff.

3.3 Competitive requirement to enter 1st year (AQF 7):

3.3.1  Prerequisites: Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Psychology or Physics; Unit 1 and 2 Mathematics preferred but not essential; and a study score of at least 25 in any English (except English as a Second Language (EAL)) or at least 30 in English (EAL).
3.3.2  Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement online if they wish other information to be considered during the selection process.

3.4 Competitive Hurdle requirement to enter 4th year (AQF 8):

3.4.1  A credit grade point average (60-69%) or higher must be attained in the first 3 years of an APAC accredited psychology degree, or equivalent, to qualify for entry to the 4th year.
3.4.2  A Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numerical calculation, weighted by credit points of the mean of the grades received.
3.4.3  In addition, a yearly intake quota will be administered, and entry from GPA qualified students will be competitive.
3.4.4  If an ISN student achieves the minimum average GPA in the first 3 years required for entry, the student will have the opportunity to enrol in the 4th year.
3.4.5  An ISN student who meets the minimum entry requirements can decide to decline an offer of enrolment in the 4th year and will then be exited with a 3 year Bachelor of Psychological Science degree.
3.4.6  If the student does not achieve the minimum GPA for entry, but achieves pass marks in all units in the first 3 years, they will be exited with the 3-year Bachelor of Psychological Science degree. 3.4.7 In addition, as per APAC standards, successful completion of an APAC accredited three-year sequence of study (or equivalent) in psychology within the last 10 years is required prior to entry into an Honours Program.

3.5 The minimum requirement for Masters level (AQF Level 9) is based on academic achievement in an APAC accredited four year sequence of study in psychology, completed within the last 10 years, with greatest weighting given to the 4th year (Honours). Students must achieve an upper second class Honours (H2A, 75%) in their 4th year of study, and be eligible to register as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), to be considered for entry into the Master of Psychology (Clinical).

3.5.1  The minimum academic entry requirement is an H2A or above, as stipulated in the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) guidelines.
3.5.2  Applicants who can demonstrate that they are currently registered as a psychologist and complying with the CPD requirements of the Registration Board will be exempted from the aforementioned entry requirements and considered for entry into the postgraduate course based on experience in the field.
3.5.3  Applicants meeting the academic criteria will be invited to attend a formal interview and psychometric assessment to determine their suitability to enter the Master program based on their interpersonal and communication skills.
3.5.4  As special considerations have normally been applied to prior learning, no special considerations will be entered into or can be applied towards meeting this minimum standard.
3.5.5  Candidates must be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the PsyBA.


4.1  Students accepted into the Course of study can apply to defer their course for a period equivalent to 1 year of study only.

4.2  Application for this process must be received before the census date as indicated on ISN’s web page.

4.3  Approval to grant deferment will normally be given unless the student is in receipt of an open show cause notice upon which course deferral will not be granted.

4.4  There is no obligation to approve deferral if applications are submitted after the census date in each advertised semester.

4.5  Students will not be financially penalized for deferral before census date.

4.6  Should the student fail to return after a period of deferral, the student will be required to reapply for admission into the course no guarantees of acceptance, or any right to future deferral is offered.

4.7  Approved applicants and applicants accepted through readmission will only be allowed 1 period of deferral for any given course being undertaken. In the case of a health-related issue multiple periods of deferral may be allowed by written application to the Head of Psychology.


5.1  Students may withdraw from the course before the census date.

5.2  ISN is not obliged to accept the withdrawn student in a subsequent application round regardless of their admission rank.

5.3  Students withdrawing from a course after the census date will be liable for the full fee applicable to the course of study for the semester in which the student is enrolled.


6.1  Where an applicant has been offered a place in a course as a result of inaccurate or incomplete information, the Head of Psychology in consultation with members of the Academic Board, may withdraw the offer and cancel any enrolment allowed on the basis of acceptance of the offer.

6.2  The Head and Academic Board will take into account the course degree in which the applicant is enrolled and what stage through the course the applicant resides when the errors were detected.

6.3  Prior to withdrawing the offer, the applicant will be provided with the opportunity to explain the inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided and this information will be considered by the Academic Board in addition to 6.1.


7.1  Any formal complaints related to the process of admissions or entry requirements will be accepted by ISN Psychology’s Grievance, Complaints and Appeals procedure.