Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)


Program summary

Contribute to your community and take your first step towards becoming a Registered Psychologist.

APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited course

This program is designed to give you an in-depth introduction to the science behind psychology and an understanding of its applications. You’ll study psychology and social science to understand and explain human behaviour.

Explore the professional practice of psychology, including cognitive, social, perceptual, physiological, intercultural, Indigenous and abnormal psychologies. Learn about human development, motivation and emotion, personality and assessment, and human associative learning. Choose electives to link areas such as counselling, social work or public health to expand your career options.

This program provides graduates with highly marketable skills relevant to a wide range of other positions such as disability support officers, community health, research and telephone counselling.

Our psychology staff are national teaching and learning award winners and you’ll also get the opportunity to participate in paid research assistant work in your second or third year of study. This program is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and you can complete further study to become a registered psychologist, clinical psychologist or pursue an academic career.

Visit Study Psychology for more information.

Career opportunities

Health and education services, community work, training and development, human resource management, exercise science, research.


The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council has accredited the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) as a three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology. Following successful completion of an accredited honours year plus either further accredited postgraduate study or supervision following the guidelines of the Psychologists Registration Board in their state or territory, graduates may be eligible for registration as a psychologist in that state or territory.


Application and admission advice

Contact Student Central

Program coordinator

Dr Kate Mulgrew
Tel: +61 7 5456 5584

What will I study

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • 18 required courses and 6 electives.
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses).
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods.
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider. It is advisable to contact your Faculty Program Advisor to discuss timing and course issues.
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.
  • When enrolling, refer to the Study Plan.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) – Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?

International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:

International students should contact USC International

If you have questions about your program:

How to enrol

New students

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your classes.

Please note: USC will complete the enrolment for:

  • Headstart students
  • Honours students (excluding Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) students)
  • Cross-institutional and visiting students  
  • Higher Degree by Research students
Current students

Information on how to enrol is contained in tutorial videos in the USC Central Guide.

Your study load can be varied between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in a study period. Your Study Plan in USC Central will guide you with choosing your courses, or alternatively contact your faculty office for advice.

Refer to the timetable for class information and the Academic Calendar for key semester / trimester / session dates.

It may be useful to use the Program Planner (PDF 283KB) * to plan your degree and Student Timetable Planner Semester 1, 2015 (PDF 147KB) * to plan your classes for the semester / trimester / session.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the classes you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/session, details of the course requirements can be found in My Courses in the USC Portal / BlackBoard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Contact Student Central.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.



Where could our psychology degree take you?

Our psychology program provides a platform for a career in fields as diverse as health, community work, mental health, training and development or human resource management. As our program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council you could also choose to continue your studies to complete an additional accredited honours year with the goal of a becoming a registered psychologist.

Megan Scholes

Foster Care Case Worker — Anglicare (formally Spiritus)

As a foster care case worker, it is Megan’s role to support carers in any way they need, so they can focus on caring for children. Her role with Anglicare was the first job she applied for and the first interview she’d attended.

“I didn’t expect to find [a job] so quickly. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I enrolled at USC but the lecturers are so approachable and psychology has given me lots of options.”

First step to becoming a psychologist

APAC accredited courses logoIn order to work as a psychologist in Australia you must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). Our Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is an APAC accredited first step to achieving registration.

To be eligible for provisional registration with PsyBA you will need to complete our Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours).

To be eligible for general registration with PsyBA you will need to complete our Master of Psychology (Clinical) or one of the other accredited pathways to general registration.

Brad Heath
Brad Heath

Case Manager — Transitional Recovery Program, Graceville Centre
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business (Psychology and Human Resource Management)

Upon graduating from his double degree, Brad began working as a case manager providing psychosocial rehabilitation to those recovering from mental illness. He is now studying a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) part time which offers eligibility for provisional registration as a psychologist upon completion.

“The thing I enjoyed most about studying my degree at USC was the relaxed atmosphere. Being a part of a small cohort, everyone was friendly and the lecturers were really approachable.”

There’s help available

Find out about student support services and scholarships.

Study commitment

In general, you will attend lectures and tutorials for three hours per course per week. You will require further time to complete readings, research and assessment tasks. Your assessment tasks include essays, presentations, group work and exams.

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