Australian College of Applied Psychology

Studying at the Australian College of Applied Psychology

ACAP is a tertiary education institute that specialises in psychology. By being true specialists, we have a deep understanding of human behaviour, which resonates throughout our courses. We seek to understand and make sense of the interactions and implications of human behaviour. What makes people do the things they do? What effect does society have on our actions? Why do we behave a certain way by ourselves, but differently in groups?

Our approach to teaching in these specialist fields is what makes us different. It’s why curious souls choose to learn and develop their skills with us. Whether you want to excel in psychology, counselling, social work or criminology, it all starts and ends with human behaviour.

Established over 35 years ago, the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) offers courses in psychology, criminology, counselling, coaching, case management, and social work from diploma through to masters level. Our courses prepare students from diverse backgrounds for rewarding professions working with people in the community. There are also pathway options to further study available, to suit students’ priorities and career aspirations.

We currently have over 4,000 students studying on-campus, online or by blended delivery, which is a combination of on campus and online for those wanting to access our courses from remote areas. Our campuses are situated in convenient CBD locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and Perth with easy access to public transport and entertainment.

Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and students can choose to start in February, May or September depending on the chosen course.


Students choose to study at ACAP as our teaching staff have extensive experience both as teachers and practitioners, with a breadth of research interests. We also have smaller class sizes allowing for a greater level of discussion, support and a better opportunity to ask questions, which assists students to achieve success. 

Another advantage of studying at ACAP is the student placements which help to prepare students for professional practice after graduation. In courses with placement included, students have the opportunity to apply theory in a professional workplace for a set period of time, gaining essential real-life experience in their chosen field.


ACAP is a registered higher education provider and a nationally registered training organisation. Our psychology degrees are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and our Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) courses are provisionally accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Our counselling degrees are currently undergoing the usual accreditation cycle with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and our Bachelor of Counselling course has Australian Counselling Association (ACA) accreditation. Professional accreditation ensures these courses meet the relevant educational and training standards for graduates to seek recognition and practise in the profession.

Applicants of undergraduate courses at ACAP must provide a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or a Certificate IV upon application, in addition to undertaking an interview (this application criteria does not apply to CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)). ATAR results will not be necessary in the application process.

International Year 12 students apply directly to ACAP.

Admission criteria and entry schemes

The minimum qualifications you need before you can be selected for admission to a course of study.

English language proficiency

English language proficiency is an admission requirement for all tertiary courses offered through UAC.

Scholarships and financial assistance

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About Australian College of Applied Psychology

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tel: 1800 039 139 (freecall)

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Attend an open day.

Sydney campus: 

  • Wednesday 1 May 2019
  • Thursday 22 August 2019
  • Wednesday 27 November 2019