BP112 - Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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Plan: BP112 - Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Award abbreviation: BSocSc(Psych)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time - 6 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 090701
CRICOS code: 035023D

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) program offers you a degree in the social sciences with an accredited 12-course major in psychology. The courses in the program are designed to combine theoretical and professional knowledge within the fields of the social sciences and psychology, and to also develop your practical professional skills. Courses are taught on-campus with online elements.

The program develops your knowledge of the social sciences and psychology, providing you with the disciplinary skills to respond to key contemporary social challenges.

You will explore and apply social, political and psychological theories, critically engage with public policy and the policy process, and develop your quantitative and qualitative research skills. You will study of the foundations of psychology, including biological, developmental, cognitive, and social psychology and explore the relationship between theory and practice through both coursework and a professional placement. You will have the opportunity to specialise through elective courses in a wide range of areas such as forensic, gender, organisational, and health and sport psychology; business, marketing and human resources; youth work, education, social and public policy; and studies in language and culture (which may be combined with study abroad). In the final year of the program you will undertake a Capstone course that brings together skills and learning from throughout your degree.

On completion of the program you will be able to critically analyse and apply theoretical concepts from the social and psychological sciences to your professional practice and future studies. You will have developed key critical thinking skills, and be able to apply these to the challenges of professional practice in a rapidly changing world. You will be able to work professionally in diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts and communicate concepts to a range of different professional and public audiences, using a variety of formats and media. You will have developed key research literacy skills including the ability to interpret, design, and carry out social and psychological research.

You will be equipped to apply these skills and knowledge, either towards further study in the social sciences or psychology, or to enter the professional workplace in a wide variety of fields. Graduates in this program can expect to work in roles both locally and internationally in areas such as human and social services, government and public policy, education, youth work, aged care and disability, marketing, communication, human resources, and business.

Graduates interested in further study may apply for entry into an honours or other postgraduate program in psychology or social science. These include the Master of Public Policy, Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) and other graduate programs at RMIT.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the following RMIT programs may be eligible for credit in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology): 

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours), Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Social Work, Master of Public Policy and Master of Justice and Criminology, subject to each program's entry requirements.  

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 1 and 2 – two units (any combination) mathematics (any) OR Units 3 and 4: mathematics (any). Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements
Non year 12 and international applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History Online or an applicant statement if they wish other information to be considered. Applicants should explain their reasons for wanting to study the course and include details of any relevant work or other experience.

Note: Students are required to complete a Working with Children Check before going on placement.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Upon completion of a fourth year (Honours or equivalent), you will have met the basic academic requirement to qualify as a probationary psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). To become a fully registered psychologist you must complete an additional two years of training, generally in the form of a Master of Psychology.

Registered psychologists are eligible for full membership to the Australian Psychological Society (APS) which is a professional association representing the interests of psychologists nationally.

For further information on registration please refer to the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT studies www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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