The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) offers a structured program of study in psychology. While professionally accredited qualifications in psychology can also be obtained through the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees, this program is particularly aimed at students who wish to pursue careers as research or professional psychologists.
The three year degree involves a broad-based introductory year, in-depth coverage of the major areas of psychology in second year, and some opportunity for specialisation in the final year. The compulsory units in research methods and data analysis provide valuable skills which are very highly regarded by a range of employers, and in itself the three year degree can lead to career opportunities including community work such as drug and alcohol counselling and youth work, or careers in industry such as human resource management, industrial relations, or market research.
This program offers an excellent foundation for progression into fourth year (ie Honours) and beyond. At the end of the three year degree, students will have completed the prerequisite units for entry to fourth year psychology degrees at any Australian university. These prerequisites can also be satisfied by completion of the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees, and these latter courses are recommended for students who wish to accompany the study of psychology with more intensive study of other disciplines.
Registration as a psychologist in the ACT requires the completion of an approved four year sequence plus two years of appropriate supervised practice. Students aiming for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society will need to complete six years of tertiary study and appropriate supervised practice. Postgraduate training in clinical psychology is also available within the School, as are postgraduate research degrees.
It must be noted that entry into fourth year programs is highly competitive, but priority is not given to students from a particular degree program.