BP154 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

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Plan: BP154 - Bachelor of Applied 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 Applied Science (Psychology)
Award abbreviation: BAppSc(Psych)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/health-and-biomedical-sciences/
ASCED code: 090701
CRICOS code: 029765E

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) is designed to provide you with a wide range of knowledge and skills in human behaviour. Core courses are designed to introduce you to the broad areas of human behaviour, then to focus in-depth in fundamental areas (cognition, development, biological and social psychology). You will finally learn to apply the basic theory of human behaviour to areas such as assessment, psychopathology, psychotherapy and community/society. Specialist professional options allow you to explore the work of psychology in forensics, across cultures, gender, organizations and health. The program provides you with knowledge and skills to continue on in professional areas (Honours followed by post graduate coursework; research degrees in psychology; or other education/health related areas) or to graduate and gain employment in a wide range of diverse settings.

In your final year of study you will undertake either a research project (BESC1466 Research Project) or a field placement (BESC1492 Psychology Field Placement). These capstone courses are the culmination of your program and require that you integrate and apply knowledge and skills from previous years of your program.

This program requires in-person attendance with some courses available on-line.

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Articulation and pathways

This program does not articulate with any other programs. Applicants with the appropriate entry requirements apply through VTAC.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT programs.  Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Successful completion of this program at a Distinction plus level makes you eligible to apply for entry into an APAC approved fourth year program (e.g. BH000 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) within RMIT University or similar programs at other Universities). Graduates with less than a Distinction level are eligible to apply for non-APAC approved fourth year programs (e.g. Graduate Diploma in Education) or employment as a three-year science graduate. These employment opportunities include work in areas such as organisational management, health, sport, cross-cultural studies, counselling, HR, working with people with disability or research.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 1 and 2 — Mathematics (any).  Units 3 and 4 —  a study score of at least 20 in one of, Geography, any Mathematics or any Science, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.  

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


Police check: Students must complete a National Police Records Check before undertaking some of the practical components of this course.

Working with Children Check: Students must hold a valid Working with Children Check before undertaking some of the practical components of this course.

Failure to hold satisfactory checks may result in students being limited in the opportunities available in the course.


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External accreditation and industry links

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). APAC is the official accreditation board of Australia's leading professional psychology organization, the Australian Psychology Society (APS) and is responsible for and accredits the program every five years.

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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: 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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