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Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Social Science

The University of Newcastle

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Are you interested in the causes of human behaviour and how people interact within social structures? Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and social science is the study of social and cultural relationships, structures and issues. By studying the combined program, you will learn skills useful in solving societal challenges and positively impact the lives of others.

Areas of study

Clinical and abnormal behaviour, cognition and information processing, developmental psychology, global indigenous studies, history, human geography and the environment, human resource management and industrial relations, human services, leisure and tourism management, linguistics, neuroscience, perceptual processes and learning theory, politics and international relations, psychopharmacology, research methodology, social psychology and personality, sociology and anthropology, statistics.

Note: Not all majors in the Bachelor of Social Science are available on both campuses and are subject to change. Many courses are available online and some courses are delivered from the Newcastle City campus.

Career opportunities

Case worker, juvenile justice officer, Aboriginal cultural educational officer, cultural development officer, case manager/worker, historian, demographer, social scientist, health promotion officer, mediator, careers counsellor, practising psychologist (with further study at honours at a postgraduate level).

Professional recognition

This program is conditionally accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Upon completion of an APAC-accredited undergraduate degree, students who go on to complete either honours or postgraduate study in psychology will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Note: After completion of an APAC-accredited undergraduate degree, a further minimum of three years education and training in psychology is required to register as a psychologist in Australia.

Practical experience

The degree includes an 80-hour work placement with organisations involved in social research, education, human resources or community service. The placement is compulsory for students who major in human services. Additional work integrated learning opportunities may include School of Psychology research spaces, the University of Newcastle Psychology Community Clinic and external professional agencies.


Available as an additional year (or part time equivalent) to meritorious students.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Standard or higher, English Standard or higher.

Recommended studies: Biology, English Advanced.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2022)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2023 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
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Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year Bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply forto apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.