The Bachelor of Psychology (Honour) is an initial entry point for study and a career in psychology. If you are fascinated by questions related to human nature (the way think, feel and do) and how this impacts on our wellbeing, decision making and environment, then a psychology course and career may be the right pathway for you.
The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is a four-year course that includes the first three years of a psychology undergraduate degree and one year of honours (4th year). Students can opt to graduate after third year with a Bachelor of Psychological Science. Students who complete the full four years and graduate with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) can consider further postgraduate degrees in psychology (e.g., Masters or PhD).
The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is an AQF level 7 (first three years) & 8 (4th year) qualification and is offered face-to-face at ISN Psychology’s Heidelberg campus in Melbourne, Victoria. The degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Eligibility and Entry Requirements
For year 12 school leavers wishing to study psychology at undergraduate level the entry requirements are as follow:
- Completion of VCE Units 3 and 4 and a study score of at least 20 in one of the following:
- Psychology or
- Unit 1 and 2 Mathematics is preferred but not essential; and
- A study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).
This criterion is assessed through submission of VCE certificates which applicants can upload via our online application form.
All applicants must meet the equivalent of the VCE or year 12 school leaver prerequisites. Examples of equivalent prerequisites include:
- Studies completed at university level with a credit (60% +) average or above
- Diploma level studies with an average grade of 60% or above will also be considered.
Non-Year 12 applicants can provide evidence of further studies and work experience as part of their application for entry. Please submit a certified copy of any official transcripts and/or VCE results and complete and submit a Personal Statement via our online application form. The personal statement should be no more than 500 words and is used to assess an applicant’s ability and aptitude to study psychology.
- Entry to the 4th Year Honours programme in Psychology at ISN requires successful completion of an APAC-accredited qualification eg. a Bachelor Degree in psychology, a Bachelor Degree in any discipline plus an APAC-accredited sequence in psychology or a qualification obtained from an overseas education institution assessed as comparable to an APAC-accredited qualification/sequence in psychology.
- Students who completed their first three years of study with ISN Psychology and meet minimum entry requirements will continue on in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).
- Students who exited after the third year of study from ISN with a Bachelor of Psychological Science or the equivalent from another institute are eligible to apply for a place in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).
- Additionally, candidates must meet minimum English language proficiency standards for entry to an AQF level 8 Honours degree.
- Domestic students with Australian citizenship or Permanent Residency rights can apply. ISN cannot currently accept applications for international students.
- The minimum entry for a quota subject may differ each year depending on the applications received. While students who meet the above entry requirements may apply, due to the competitive nature of the course a credit grade point average (60-69%) or higher in the second and third year psychology units of an APAC accredited psychology degree, or equivalent, is expected for entry to the Honours year at ISN.
- A full list of entry requirements for the 4th year Honours degree in Psychology at ISN can be found on page 14, Section 3.4 of the Policies and Procedures
Career Prospects and Pathways
Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) are prepared for work in a number of settings through government, not-for-profit organisations, human resource management, market research, social welfare, social policy and research, human services and guidance or counselling for educational, vocational or personal problems.
Graduates of the honours program are eligible to apply for associate membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and those who meet the two-year supervision criteria for practice in Australia, as outlined within the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines, can apply for full registration as a psychologist. In Australia, it is a requirement to complete two years supervised psychological practice after fourth year to acquire general registration as a psychologist. This can be achieved through supervised work, through completion of a two-year professional master program in psychology, or a one-year professional postgraduate program and one year of supervised psychological practice.
ISN Psychology offers a Master of Psychology (Clinical) for eligible students and a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) as a one-year stand alone 4th year course for students who wish to complete the 4th year/honours at a later stage.
ISN Tuition Fees
- ISN Psychology is now a FEE HELP approved provider.
- Tuition Fees are payable upfront or through FEE HELP for eligible students.
Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees – 2021
Name of Course: Bachelor of Psychology(Honours) (year1-4)/ Bachelor of Psychological Sciecne (year1-3)
Training Package Code: BPsych(Hons)/ BPsychSci
Delivery Location(s): Heidelberg campus
Delivery Mode(s): On-site
|Unit of Study||Unit Code||Commence date||Census date||Completion date||EFTSL||TUITION FEES|
|Full fee-paying (FFP)||Government subsidised student (GSS)|
|Semester 1: Introduction to Psychology 1||ISN101||2 Mar||27 Mar||28 Jun||0.125||$968.75||N/A|
|Semester 1: Introduction to Psychology 2||ISN102||2 Mar||27 Mar||28 Jun||0.125||$968.75||N/A|
|Semester 1: Psychology Research and Critical Enquiry||ISN103||2 Mar||27 Mar||28 Jun||0.125||$968.75||N/A|
|Semester 1: Biological Foundations of Psychology||ISN104||2 Mar||27 Mar||28 Jun||0.125||$968.75||N/A|
|Semester 2: Developmental Psychology||ISN111||27 Jul||30 Aug||22 Nov||0.125||$968.75||N/A|
|Semester 2: Social Psychology||ISN112||27 Jul||30 Aug||22 Nov||0.125||$968.75||N/A|
|Semester 2: Psychology Statistics||ISN113||27 Jul||30 Aug||22 Nov||0.125||$968.75||N/A|
|Semester 2: Foundations of Neuroscience||ISN114||27 Jul||30 Aug||22 Nov||0.125||$968.75||N/A|
- The undergraduate degree consists of 4 years full-time, or the part-time equivalent study.
- The course structure is based on eight full-time semesters
(each of 12 weeks’ duration), with four units taught in each semester. It
- 24 compulsory core units which introduce students to the key areas of psychology
- 4 specialisation core units in neuroscience
- 1 specialisation elective in neuroscience
- 1 psychology elective in the third year second semester
For more information and instructions on how to apply, follow this link to our application page – Applications
(Order of unit sequence subject to change)
ISN201 Psychology Research Methods
ISN202 Human Nature 1: Evolutionary Psychology
ISN203 Research Methods
ISN204 Cultures and Psychology
ISN211 Developmental Psychology
ISN212 Perception Cognition and Language
ISN213 Individual Differences and Personality
ISN214 Human Nature 2: Social Neuroscience
ISN301 Applied Psychology and the Psychology Profession
ISN302 Abnormal Psychology
ISN303 Basics of Psychological Assessment
ISN304 Human Nature 3: Behavioural Economics and Civilisations
ISN311 Childhood and Adolescence
ISN312 Research Project
ISN313 Counselling Theories
ISN314 Clinical Neuroscience
ISN315 Artificial Intelligence and Applied Bioengineering