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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Standard or higher, English Standard or higher.
Recommended studies: Biology, English Advanced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
View all details of this course on the UON website.
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.
Abbreviations– = data is not available.
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.
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.