Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBPU

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2021: AUD$ 29,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
081882A

Degree overview

  • Study with the No.1 university in South Australia for graduate careers in Psychology1.
  • Join South Australia’s No.1 university for Psychology research2, and teaching quality in Psychology3.
  • Graduate with the only undergraduate university degree in South Australia specialising in counselling and interpersonal skills.
  • Get hands-on experience and build pivotal networks with a third-year industry placement.
  • Gain a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • Continue your studies at UniSA to become a professionally practising or research psychologist.

1ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.  2The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree provides a balance of courses in psychology theory and counselling – for graduates this means you will enter the workforce with a strong understanding of psychology, as well as the analytical, communication and interpersonal skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities.

You will study a range of topics, including counselling and interpersonal skills; psychological theory; and specialist psychology courses. You will also be encouraged to engage in research projects and participate in community service activities, and through industry placements in your third year of study you will gain valuable practical experience. Practical learning is a focus of this degree, it enhances your work-readiness. The value of this study component has been recognised nationally in the form of an award from the Australian Federal Government Office of Teaching and Learning.

You can become even more employable by undertaking a double degree which combines your Bachelor of Psychology (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills) with another degree. With just one year of extra study you can graduate with a double degree in human resource management, or exercise and sport science.

If you finish your degree with a distinction Grade Point Average (GPA), you may be eligible for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). With further study you could also become a professionally practising or research psychologist. To follow this career path you must complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree, followed by additional postgraduate studies in psychology.

What you'll need

All students studying this degree will be required to complete criminal history screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion prior to being accepted for work placements. The clearance is valid for three years and can take up to eight weeks to be processed. You must also hold a current Child Safe Environments Certificate. Some placements may also require a current driver's license and a recognised First Aid Certificate.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This is a specialised degree that will provide you with a solid understanding of the theory associated with psychology and counselling, as well as critical and analytical thinking skills, data management skills and research skills. You will study a range of courses that cover behavioural research methodologies, cognitive and technical skills and counselling practice.

You will implement your knowledge in a real-world environment when you complete an industry placement during your final year of study.

You will also have the opportunity to further explore specific areas of interest with a series of specialist psychology courses (these courses are subject to student demand and staff availability). The courses include:

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychophysiology of Sleep
  • Health Psychology
  • Conservation Psychology
  • Language, Context and Social Behaviour
  • Work and Organisational Psychology

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Counselling Foundations BEHL 1022 4.5
Personal and Professional Development BEHL 1033 4.5
Students must choose one of the two course options below
Communication Skills in Social Work and Human Services WELF 1019 4.5
OR
Effective Communication PERF 1001 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
Aboriginal Australians and Psychology BEHL 1032 4.5
Group Work BEHL 2009 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Counselling Skills BEHL 2013 4.5
Psychology Applications BEHL 2024 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Counselling Interventions BEHL 3018 4.5
Career Development BEHL 2021 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Psychology Placement BEHL 3027 9 Note(s): 3
Specialist Psychology Course 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Sudy Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Specialist Psychology Course 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Working with Community WELF 2010 4.5
SPECIALIST PSYCHOLOGY COURSES Note(s): 1,2
Students must complete at least 3 of the following Specialist Psychology Courses Note(s): 1,2
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5 Note(s): 2
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5 Note(s): 2
Psychophysiology of Sleep BEHL 3029 4.5
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5
Conservation Psychology BEHL 3022 4.5
Language, Context and Social Behaviour BEHL 3023 4.5
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5
Cognitive Neuroscience BEHL 3021 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • case studies
  • research reports
  • projects
  • presentations
  • essays
  • quizzes
  • article evaluations
  • journals
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Psychology (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills)

Why this Degree

This is the only undergraduate university degree in South Australia specialising in counselling and interpersonal skills.

Graduates will come away with a strong understanding of psychological issues, as well as the analytical, communication and interpersonal skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities. In addition, you will learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology1

Practical experience is also a key focus of this hands-on degree, and during your third year of study you will embark on real-world industry placements. International study opportunities are also available through our student exchange program.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

As part of your studies you will complete an industry placement in your final year. This practical component is a major focus of your studies and provides valuable hands-on experience and the opportunity for you to build important industry connections.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

A career in psychology and counselling requires a strong interest in human behaviour; you also need to be able to think clearly and logically, to be compassionate, understanding and patient. 

Careers to consider include:

  • community development officer: employed by a city, neighbourhood or other municipality to ensure the growth, health and vitality of a region
  • disability support officer: provide support for people in the community with intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities
  • drug/alcohol case worker: provide counselling support to individuals and families affected by drug/alcohol
  • counsellor (with further study): work with individuals and groups to help people overcome problems

With further study at UniSA, you could also become a professionally practising or research psychologist. To follow this career path you must complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), followed by a two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical) or PhD in Psychology.

Industry facts

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Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 39,300 (24.3 per cent) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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By 2024, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 24.8 per cent.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government Department of Employment 2019

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

Australian

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

International

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

 

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am the Program Director for the Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills), Bachelor of Psychology/Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management), and the first three years of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

Mrs Cathy Balfour

Program Director

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