UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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B Psychology

University of Newcastle

CampusType of
UAC codePattern of attendance 2013 cut-offStart dateMajor offer round
Newcastle – Callaghan CSP  480768  4F/EqP 76.55 3 Mar 2014 16 Jan 2014
Central Coast – Ourimbah CSP  480769  4F/EqP 77.35 3 Mar 2014 16 Jan 2014

For information about when you'll need to apply to be considered in each offer round refer to UAC applications and offer round dates. Check the course search for the most recent final closing date.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics or equivalent.

Recommended studies: Biology. If you have limited knowledge in this subject you should enrol in a bridging course offered by the University's English Language and Foundation Studies Centre before you start the program. Read 'Bridging courses' for further information.

Major studies: Psychology. Minor studies: Electives may be taken from a variety of approved disciplines from the University of Newcastle including B Arts and B Science programs. Fourth year includes a research project from areas such as biological psychology; clinical and health psychology; cognition, developmental, social and organisational behaviour. Entry to fourth year requires satisfactory academic performance at a high level in previous years of study.

Honours: Awarded on the basis of performance over the third and fourth years of the degree.

Professional recognition: Graduates of the B Psychology meet the educational requirements for conditional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and become eligible for full registration following two years of approved supervised experience or a two-year accredited postgraduate program in Psychology. Graduates also meet the current requirements for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Career opportunities: Examples include counsellor, research assistant, human resource consultant, market researcher, employment officer, community development worker and a psychologist.

Additional information: You will explore different levels of explanation, ranging from neural activity in the brain (neuropsychology) through to memory and decision-making (cognition) and personality and social psychology. You will learn about cognitive development in children, what can go wrong in abnormal psychology, and how to fix it in clinical psychology. You will also study some of the applications of psychology, including organisational and health psychology.

Fourth year is taken at either the pass level or honours level depending on the student's academic performance in the previous years of study. Both the pass and honours strands include a research project from areas such as biological psychology; clinical and health psychology; cognition; developmental, social and organisational behaviour. Entry into fourth year requires satisfactory academic performance at a high level. Those students who do not meet the academic requirements for entry to the fourth year will graduate with the B Psychological Science after completion of all courses in first to third years (inclusive).

If you are unsure of your eligibility to study the B Psychology, you are advised to consider including at least one of B Science, B Arts or B Social Science as a lower preference on your UAC application.

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