Admissions criteria

As part of successful application to ISN Psychology, students need to fulfil academic and other requirements to meet the standard required by professional psychology bodies. While a good VCE score or a prior higher education degree is the most common method of entry, there are other options including work experience and VET study, depending on the level of study.

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Eligibility

ISN Psychology is a registered higher education provider that offer degrees in psychology for domestic students.

Who Qualifies as a domestic student?

Domestics students are either Australian or New Zealand citizens, an Australian permanent resident or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa. During the application phase, ISN Psychology will request proof that you qualify as a domestic student in the form of a copy of an applicant’s passport, birth certificate and citizenship certificate. ISN Psychology is not currently able to offer places to international students.


Study Pathways and Requirements

Eligibility for admission into an ISN Psychology degree program is based on applicant’s ability to satisfy specific course entry requirements. Entry requirements for psychology courses are based on predetermined Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) pathways to registration as a psychologist and course specific entry requirements are listed on the relevant ISN Psychology course page.

The training pathways for psychology is as follow:

Step 1 – Complete an APAC accredited three-year undergraduate psychology sequence of study

Applicants who completed an undergraduate degree in a different discipline can complete a three-year program bridging course (12-18 months duration), at a provider that offers this option (please visit APAC to find out which providers offer this option). Completion of a bridging course will, like a normal three-year sequence, enable applicants to apply for entry into an accredited fourth-year psychology program.

Step 2 – Complete an APAC accredited fourth-year undergraduate psychology program (e.g., honours year or a fourth-year equivalent like a Graduate Diploma in Psychology).

This program is a one-year course, full-time or equivalent part-time.

ISN offers the fourth-year as a standalone degree for students who completed their first three years at another institute as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).

Step 3 – Select one of the available pathways to registration

4+2 pathway

After successful completion of a fourth year/honours degree students can find an external supervisor, register as a provisionally registered psychologist, and complete two years of supervision while working. Please note that this pathway is currently being phased out. For more information, please visit the PsyBA website.

5+1 pathway

After successful completion of a fourth year/honours degree students can apply for a Master of Professional Psychology at an institute that offers this option (please visit the APAC website for a list of institutes that offer this course). Students complete a fifth year of study as a provisionally registered psychologist and then complete one year of supervision at the conclusion of course work. For more information, please visit the PsyBA website.

5th and 6th year pathway

After successful completion of a fourth year/honours degree students can apply for an APAC accredited master’s (or doctorate) degree. Successful applicants will complete two years of study as a provisionally registered psychologist in an area of specialised study, also known as an area of practice endorsement. The current areas of practice endorsement available across educational institutes are clinical, community, counselling, health, forensic, sport and exercise, educational and developmental, organisational, and clinical neuropsychology. Students will complete course work, research, and supervised practical placements as part of the degree. Once a student has successfully completed all components of the postgraduate degree, they can apply to the PsyBA for registration as a general psychologist. Registered psychologist who followed this pathway must be externally supervised by a PsyBA-approved supervisor for a specified period, in the area of endorsement as a registrar. For master’s this specified period is two years, one year with a doctorate, and 18 months for combined master’s/PhDs. For more information, please visit the PsyBA website. ISN Psychology offers a Master of Psychology (Clinical).

Please visit the Australian Psychological Society (APS) website for an overview of the study pathways.

The information in this section relates to applicants who have completed tertiary or higher education (e.g. a university course/ degree) study. The information includes applicants currently studying at another higher education provider and wishing to transfer to ISN Psychology. Applicants who completed a bridging course in psychology e.g. Graduate Diploma in Psychology can also refer to this information.

Where this information is not relevant to a specific course this will be noted here and on the specific course page.

Applicants with higher education study are assessed by calculating a grade point average (GPA) weighted according to the point value of individual units across undergraduate and/or graduate studies undertaken.

Recognition of Prior Learning will be assessed as part of the offer stage of an application. Prospective students will be asked to submit information (e.g. unit outlines, handbooks etc.) for the units completed at a different provider or institute as part of their acceptance of offer. Prospective students will also submit a letter outlining the ISN Psychology units RPL is sought for.  RPL or credit transfer will be considered based on unit equivalence (content) and the level of study (e.g. undergraduate, or postgraduate) for units completed in the past 10 years.


Applicants with Higher Education Studies Applying for an Honours Year

Applicants are selected on academic merit based on the GPA calculated from the academic record or transcript submitted to ISN Psychology and at least one academic or professional reference.

Applicants wishing to commence an honours degree, i.e. Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), at ISN Psychology must provide evidence, in the form of an official transcript(s) showing completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate degree in psychology.

A credit average of 60% or higher is expected in second and third year psychology units of an APAC accredited undergraduate psychology degree as a minimum entry requirement.

Applicants with an average below 60% may be asked to attend an interview as part of the application process.

To assess academic merit for entry into an honours program, ISN will calculate a GPA for all psychology units completed across the second and third year of undergraduate higher education study.

Applicants who completed a bridging course in psychology e.g., Graduate Diploma in Psychology can apply for an honours year. The GPA will be calculated across all Graduate Diploma units and weighted by unit points to determine eligibility for entry.

Applicants with an international degree must submit a letter from the Australian Psychological Association (APS) as proof of equivalence to an Australian undergraduate degree.

Places in the honours course are capped for each intake period and this information is available on the course specific page. Applicants are ranked for entry into the course based on academic merit and referee reports.


Applicants with Higher Education Studies Applying for a Postgraduate degree

Applicants are selected for short-listing based on academic merit, two academic reference, a personal statement and relevant work/life experience.

Applicants wishing to commence postgraduate studies with ISN Psychology e.g. Master of Psychology (Clinical), must provide evidence, in the form of an official transcript(s) showing successful completion of an APAC accredited undergraduate degree (year 1 -3) or equivalent bridging program and an honours degree in psychology or equivalent (e.g. Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology) within the last 10 years.

A 70% average must be attained in the honours, or 4th year equivalent, APAC accredited degree as a minimum entry requirement.

The GPA for all units completed during a 4th year/ honours year of higher education study will be calculated to assess academic merit for entry into a postgraduate ISN Psychology degree.

Applicants with an international degree must submit a letter from the Australian Psychological Association (APS) as proof of equivalence to an Australian undergraduate and honours degree.

Places in the postgraduate course are capped for each intake period and this information is available on the course specific page. Short listed applicants are ranked for entry into the course based on academic merit, referee reports, a personal statement, relevant work and/or life experience and an interview/assessment.

The information in this section relates to applicants who have completed vocational education or training as the highest level of study. Where this information is not relevant to a specific course this will be noted here and on the specific course page.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – where applicable, will be assessed as part of the offer stage of an application. Prospective students will be asked to submit information (e.g., unit outlines, handbooks etc.) for the units completed as part of VET studies during their acceptance of offer. Prospective students will also submit a letter outlining the ISN Psychology units RPL is sought for.  RPL or credit transfer will be considered based on unit equivalence (content) and the level of study.


Applicants with Vocational Education Applying for an Honours Year

There is no entry pathway into a psychology honours degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate degree. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.


Applicants with Vocational Education Applying for a Postgraduate degree

There is no entry pathway into a psychology postgraduate degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate and honours degree. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.


Applicants with Recent Secondary Education Applying for an Honours Degree

There is no entry pathway into a psychology honours degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate degree. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.


Applicants with Recent Secondary Education Applying for a Postgraduate degree

There is no entry pathway into a psychology postgraduate degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate and honours degrees. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.


Applicants with Work and Life Experience Applying for an Honours Degree

There is no entry pathway into a psychology honours degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate degree. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.


Applicants with Work and Life Experience Applying for a Postgraduate degree

There is no entry pathway into a psychology postgraduate degree for applicants without the necessary higher education undergraduate and honours degrees. Please see Applicants with higher education study for more information on entry requirements.

Additional Information

Further information may be required regarding admissions options. Click on the + symbols below to expand each section for more information:

Indigenous applicants who do not fit in one of the admission categories will be assessed to determine if the applicant is likely to succeed in the course of study they are seeking admission to. Standard entry requirements may not be applied in full but will be considered in the likelihood to succeed assessment process. Applicants may be invited for an interview to form part of this assessment.

Domestic applicants who completed psychology studies overseas and wish to apply for an honours or postgraduate degree at ISN Psychology must provide a copy of their transcript, translated into English and accompanied by a letter of assessment from the APS that proves equivalence of study at the same level in Australia.

Studying a psychology degree and working as a psychologist requires good written and oral English language skills. If English is not your first language and you have not completed year 12 or a higher degree in Australia or an approved English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your English language proficiency.

There are two ways in which this can be satisfied:

  1. Provide evidence of previous studies or qualifications taught and assessed solely in English; and
  2. Achieve an academic level result in a relevant English Language test within two years prior to commencement of the course of study tow which the student wishes to be admitted.

Please see the table below for accepted tests and scores:

English Language Tests

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Pearson Test of English (PTE) Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL)  

Occupational English Test (OET)

Undergraduate Courses Overall Score of 7.0

Individual Score of 7.0 (in each component – listening, reading, writing and speaking)

68 (with a minimum of 65 in four communication skills) Internet based total of 100

(Minimum 25 in writing, speaking, reading, and listening)

A minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing, and speaking)
Postgraduate Courses Overall Score of 7.0

Individual Score of 7.0 (in each component – listening, reading, writing and speaking)

68 (with a minimum of 65 in four communication skills) Internet based total of 100

(Minimum 25 in writing, speaking, reading, and listening)

A minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing, and speaking)

*Please read the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Registration Standard: English Language Skills document to ensure your test scores meet all registration requirements and to ensure you understand your psychology registration obligations