Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)


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Programme Description

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) from Charles Sturt University offers fascinating insights into human nature relevant to every community, career and workplace. A popular field of study focusing on human behaviour and wellbeing, psychology offers interventions and strategies to help solve people's social and behavioural problems and enhance their welfare.

During the course, you'll also develop high-level skills in communication, research design and analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking.


Course highlights

The three-year Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) may be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Psychology, or you can graduate ready to work in one of the many fields where psychological knowledge is highly valued.

  • Personalised, flexible learning: 
    Benefit from Charles Sturt University's smaller classes, personalised learning and dedicated lecturers who are leaders in their field. You can choose to study on campus at Bathurst, Port Macquarie or Wagga Wagga. Alternatively, you can study online, with live and recorded lectures and flexible schedules so you can fit your learning around your other commitments. Subject to approval, you may receive credit for prior study and graduate sooner. When you study with Charles Sturt University you may also apply to complete some subjects at an international university.
  • Gain a solid foundation: 
    When you study a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at Charles Sturt University you'll gain knowledge in cognition, developmental and social psychology, psychological testing, biopsychology, psychopathology, personality, learning theory and research methodology.
  • Choose your path: 
    A broad choice of electives is available, including the Psychology of Crime, Health Psychology, Psychology of Substance Abuse, Psychology and the Legal System, and Psychology of Stress and Trauma. In addition to the compulsory psychology subjects, you will also complete subjects in sociology and a minor to enhance your study experience. Minors are available in a range of related disciplines, including business, history and politics, health and biology, justice studies and Indigenous studies.
  • Transfer to further study: 
    The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) may also be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Psychology for students who do not meet the initial entry requirements for the Bachelor of Psychology, as the ATAR (or equivalent) for entry is lower. Students in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) who meet certain eligibility criteria at the end of the third year will be able to transfer to the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing a three-year sequence of study in psychology.

Career opportunities

Put your Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) to work straight away or complete further study to increase your qualifications.

  • Contribute to health services - Provide counselling services through social welfare positions in education or correction facilities.
  • Support business - Work with large and small companies or consulting firms to provide human resource support or conduct market research to help develop and sell new products. Or use your skills to shape social policy through research and analysis.
  • Take it further - You could also choose to study towards provisional registration as a psychologist or opt for postgraduate studies in a specialist area that appeals to your interests.


For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet the necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) must meet the following Admission Requirements:

  • A completed High School Certificate (or equivalent) with an ATAR of 65 (including adjustment factors).


  • Successful completion of two university-level subjects in any discipline area.


  • A completed Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate IV or higher, studied at a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO), or equivalent.


  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) or bridging program studied at a TAFE, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or University, or equivalent.


  • Partial completion of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Diploma, of at least 50% from a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO), or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency

An Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6 with no individual score below 5.5 or a qualification deemed by Charles Sturt University to be equivalent as outlined in the Charles Sturt University Concordance Table.


Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with Charles Sturt University, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a Charles Sturt University student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

Key points

  • Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
  • Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
  • Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
Last updated Sep 2020

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