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).
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.
Eligibility and Entry Requirements
Year 12 School Leavers
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.
Non-Year 12 Applicants
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.
Hurdle Entry Requirement for year 4/ Honours
- Students that have completed the first three years of an, APAC accredited, undergraduate degree in Psychology and meet minimum entry requirements are eligible for entry into a honours or 4th year 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 within the last 10 years are eligible to apply for a place in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).
- A minimum credit average (60-69%) must be attained in 2nd and 3rd year psychology units of an APAC accredited psychology degree for eligibility of entry to a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or the final year of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).
- Applicants or students with a credit average of 60-65% will be required to attend an interview as part of the application process and to assess aptitude for studies at 4th year level.
- 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
- ISN Psychology is currently at application stage for FEE HELP assistance. In the absence of FEE HELP all tuition fees are payable upfront. Please speak to one of our friendly staff on (03) 9456 9188 for more information about payment plans.
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Order of unit sequence subject to change
ISN101 Introduction to Psychology 1
ISN102 Introduction to Psychology 2
ISN103 Psychology Research and the Psychology Profession
ISN104 Biological Foundations of Psychology
ISN111 History and Philosophy of Psychology
ISN112 Learning & Motivation
ISN113 Psychology Statistics
ISN114 Foundations of Neuroscience
ISN201 Social Psychology
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