Understand people and help improve their wellbeing
The four-year program provides students with a thorough education in the scientific discipline of psychology as well as introducing them to the applications of the discipline, in conjunction with a thorough grounding in traditional and contemporary counselling skills and theories, with an emphasis on integrative theory and practice – using the best of current knowledge to engage best practice in the diverse and multicultural workplace.
The program covers the core areas of psychological science including the main theoretical positions, recognises the scientific basis of psychology, and provides education in the range of methods and analyses that form an integral part of the scientific approach used in psychology; as well as introducing the foundations of the counselling discipline, engaging in the critique of theory and practice and grounding the skills work in evidenced-based ethical and professional standards.
You'll undertake laboratory training and two industry counselling placements in which all students are expected to participate. Following a broad introduction to the discipline of psychology in the first year, students undertake advanced studies in abnormal psychology, physiological bases of behaviour, cognition, information processing and language.
The emphasis on counselling practice includes an introduction to counselling theory and skills, a thorough grounding in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and solution oriented practices, ethical practice, responding to crisis, grief and loss, and cultural diversity. Students gain expertise in personal and relational empathy, problem solving, brief solution focused approaches, and skills in lifelong learning in professional practice.
Final year students undertake professional placements across a range of human services agencies that aim to provide workplace experience in the many roles and skills needed to work in the community as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Disability support, community health, research, telephone counselling, working with individuals, families and groups, non-government organisations, government departments, in youth work, welfare work, child protection, corrections, aged services, community development, education, mental health, and administration of counselling services.
Graduates can also complete further study to become a registered psychologist, a registered counsellor, a clinical psychologist or pursue an academic career.
The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), The Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).
Note: Subject to final accreditation approval
Application and admission advice
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What will I study
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Introductory courses (4)
Advanced courses (14)
PSY200 Research Methods in Psychology A
PSY201 Research Methods in Psychology B
PSY202 Physiological Psychology
PSY203 Introduction to Human Development
PSY204 Social Psychology
PSY205 Motivation and Emotion
PSY300 Advanced Methods in Psychology
PSY301 Cognitive and Perceptual Psychology
PSY302 Intercultural and Indigenous Psychologies
PSY303 Personality and Assessment
PSY304 Human Associative Learning
PSY305 Abnormal Psychology
PSY306 Psychology of Health and Wellbeing
PSY307 Adult Development and Ageing
Introductory courses (4)
Advanced courses (10)
COU200 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications
COU265 Strengths Based Counselling: Collaborative Approaches
COU300 Counselling for Crisis, Trauma and Loss
COU301 Positive Psychology for Counselling
COU361 Counselling Development and Supervision 1
COU362 Counselling Development and Supervision 2
COU363 Counselling Placement 1
COU364 Counselling Placement 2
COU381 Developmental and Family Counselling
SWK278 Ethical Practice in the Helping Professions
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 384
Recommended study sequence
Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- 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 Program Advisor to discuss timing and course issues
- Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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- Current students
- Step 1 - Enrol in your courses
- Step 2 - Select your class times
- How to enrol once Class selection has opened
- Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students
- New students
- Plan your study
- Confirm your enrolment
- More information
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Enrolling is a 2 step process:
Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.
View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.
All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)
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* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.
If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.
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View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).
Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.
Domestic 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 courses.
International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.
Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.
Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.
View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in 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.