Bachelor of Arts (with a key program in Psychology)

Domestic

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Local
Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationPenrith; Bankstown; Parramatta
Duration 3F / 6P
Intake InformationSemester 1 - (Autumn); Semester 2 - (Spring)
Apply Direct Code1706.1
UAC Code720510 [Bankstown]; 720515 [Parramatta]; 720518 [Penrith]
Entrance Rank65.00 ATAR [Bankstown]; 65.00 ATAR [Penrith]
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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

International

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International
Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationPenrith; Bankstown; Parramatta
Duration3F
Intake InformationSemester 1 - (Autumn); Semester 2 - (Spring)
Course Code1706.1 [CRICOS Code 040992A] 
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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

Details

If your interest in psychology includes a desire to understand its applications across the broad base of human endeavour, you should consider a Western Sydney University Bachelor of Arts, with a key program in Psychology. This course dedicates half of its units to the psychology key program. Students are able to transfer between a Bachelor of Arts and this course with approval. This course is designed for those students that have an interest in psychology and its application to the wider world, but don't wish to dedicate themselves to a pathway to becoming a psychologist.

You will study units on the way the brain works, how we learn, what our emotions are all about, how we process information to make decisions, why no two people are the same in how they think, feel and act, how our psychology changes from infancy through to old age, and the many kinds of mental disorder or illness that can arise. This grounding in the core areas of psychology will ensure you are equipped for a range of career options after graduation. This may include going on to become a practising psychologist. You will also learn how to do the research needed to discover more about human behaviour and answer questions about things we don't yet understand.

The degree offers a 12-unit accredited key program in Psychology. As it is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, it allows you to go on to apply for postgraduate study in psychology as a first step to becoming a practising psychologist.

The Bachelor of Arts is perfect for those students who want to combine their interest in psychology with studies in other areas. In addition to covering the core areas in psychology, this course develops your communication and personal skills, as well as your creativity, capacity for independent thought, adaptability to new situations and problem-solving skills. Your key program will be in Psychology, but you can choose your electives from many other degree programs taught across Western Sydney University, with units from areas such as health psychology and the psychology of language.

Alternatively, some students may have an interest in psychology without wanting to become a psychologist. By completing a Bachelor of Arts with the eight-unit Psychological Studies major (that is not accredited) you can broaden your knowledge, making possible a wider range of more general career outcomes outside of 'pure psychology'. In 2016 Psychology units need to be taken at either Bankstown or Penrith.

Units

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Career opportunities for the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

With an accredited psychology sequence in the Bachelor of Arts, you can pursue many of the same career options made available by the Bachelor of Psychology, including roles in:

psychology or research positions in both government departments and the private sector in clinical, industrial and organisational psychology, counselling psychology, vocational psychology, clinical psychology, developmental disability, educational psychology, psychology and the law,  media, human resources, community psychology, forensic  psychology, and sports psychology.

Importantly, the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree also opens doors to careers in fields such as politics and policy development, human resource consultancy, writing and communication, and vocational assessment.

Academic Profile

Doctor Ahmed Moustafa

I have graduated from Cairo University, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science. I have spent almost 10 years in the US (University of Louisiana, University of Arizona, and Rutgers University) conducting computational and neuropsychological studies of schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease (during my PhD and postdoctoral work). Starting from 2010, I have also started collaborative projects on depressio…

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How to apply

All domestic applications for entry to Western Sydney University undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

Instructions for international applications are available on the International Admissions pages.