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Start Date


3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

444481 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 60.55 (for 2020)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2021)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Assumed Knowledge

Degree overview

  • Get hands-on experience and build pivotal networks with a third-year work placement.
  • Join SA’s number one university for psychology research1, number one in SA for teaching quality in psychology2.
  • Study with the No.1 University in SA for graduate careers in Psychology3.
  • Learn from award-winning researchers in their field, and at a university that is recognised for its world-class research in psychology and social work4.
  • Study the only undergraduate university degree in South Australia to include core course in psychology, counselling and interpersonal skills.
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further study.
  • This degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

1The 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).
2ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
3ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
42018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



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 work experience 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 combining your Bachelor of Psychology (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills) degree with another discipline. With just one year of extra study you can graduate with a double degree in human resource management, or exercise and sport science.

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 also study innovative topics, such as:

  • conservation psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • counselling
  • effective communication
  • sleep psychology
  • discursive and conversational analysis
  • psychology and Indigenous Australians
  • research methods

You will then get the opportunity to implement your knowledge in a real-world environment when you complete a work placement during your final year of study.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
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
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
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
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
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. 



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

  • case studies
  • projects
  • portfolios
  • research report
  • presentations
  • journals

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. 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 degree is only undergraduate university degree in South Australia to include core course in psychology, 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 psychology and social work1

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 work education placements in your third 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 relationships. 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. If you think you’ve got what it takes, the employment opportunities are excellent.

Careers to consider:

  • behavioural ecologist: work with animals, analysing behavioural patterns; behavioural ecologist may work at museums, zoos and aquariums
  • community development officer: employed by a city, neighbourhood or other municipality to ensure the growth, health and vitality of a region
  • crime prevention officer: educate people about crime and crime prevention methods; teach young people about the consequences of crime. May also work with victims of crime
  • 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
  • human resources manager: plan, implement and enhance an organisation's employee relations, as well as the organisation's policies, programs and practices
  • training officer: look after an organisation's learning and professional development obligations
  • counsellor (with further study): work with individuals and groups to help people overcome problems

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

Industry facts


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


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


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

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways


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


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



This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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, an ideal 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

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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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Mrs Cathy Balfour

Program Director


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