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4 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2021: AUD$ 29,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Gain hands-on experience and build industry networks with 560 hours of supervised local, rural or international work placements.
  • Graduate with two qualifications, with just one extra year of study.
  • Top 10 in Australia for Psychology1.
  • Study a double degree that provides a balance of courses in psychology and human services.
  • Learn from award-winning researchers in their field, and at a university that is recognised for its world-class research in psychology, social work and sociology2
  • Get practical experience and build pivotal networks with supervised local, rural and international work placements. 
  • Work alongside practitioners and highly skilled academic staff in simulated real-world scenarios.
  • Build your practical skills in our innovative on-campus Social Work Studios.
  • Gain a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • This degree is also nationally recognised by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

1 2019 THE Subject Rankings
2 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



This double degree provides a balance of courses in psychology and human services – for graduates this means you will enter the workforce with a strong understanding of psychology as it relates to the human services sector. You will study a range of topics, including:

  • behavioural and social sciences
  • human behaviour
  • critical and analytical skills
  • research and data analysis
  • project management
  • social policy 

Through a range of theoretical and practical learning you will gain a sound understanding of the political, behavioural and social sciences, and will be equipped with the skills needed to work in a diverse range of fields. You will also gain practical experience during the degree’s field education placement component. This is a valuable learning opportunity where you will build industry networks and further enhance practical skills. 

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 licence and a recognised First Aid Certificate.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Graduates of this double degree will be well equipped to deal with the contemporary issues facing human service professionals. You will study a balance of courses in psychology and human services. The following areas of study are a key focus:

  • behavioural and social sciences
  • human behaviour
  • critical and analytical skills
  • research and data analysis
  • project management
  • social policy

You may also be given the opportunity to choose from a range of specialist psychology courses, including Advanced Research Methods, Conservation Psychology, and Work and Organisational Psychology.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Service Provision WELF 1014 4.5
Child Development WELF 1020 4.5
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Communication Skills in Social Work and Human Services WELF 1019 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Group Work BEHL 2009 4.5
Governance and Citizenship in Australia POLI 1008 4.5
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Introductory Research Methods BEHL 2005 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Australian Social Policy POLI 1012 4.5
The Social World SOCU 1003 4.5
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Working with Community WELF 2010 4.5
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Human Service Workers and the Law JUST 2005 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Case Management WELF 3015 4.5
Human Service Intervention WELF 2012 4.5
Interviewing Skills in Social Work and Human Services WELF 2020 4.5
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Service Project Management WELF 2014 4.5
Aboriginal Australians and the Human Services WELF 2015 4.5
Policy Practice POLI 2027 4.5
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Service Field Placement A WELF 3022 9 Rule(s): 2
Specialist Psychology Course 1 4.5 Note(s): 3
Specialist Psychology Course 2 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Service Field Placement B WELF 3014 9 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 3 4.5 Note(s): 3
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5 Note(s): 4
Psychophysiology of Sleep BEHL 3029 4.5
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5 Note(s): 4
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 4.5
Conservation Psychology BEHL 3022 4.5
Language, Context and Social Behaviour BEHL 3023 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 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. There may be essays, assignments and examinations. You could also expect:

  • case studies
  • projects
  • e-portfolios
  • portfolios
  • 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 Social Science (Human Services), Bachelor of Psychology

Why this Degree

This double degree will set you apart from your competitors – and it can be achieved with only one extra year of study.

You will learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers, and gain hands-on experience in our on-campus Social Work Studios. In the custom-built studios you will work alongside field practitioners and academic staff in simulated, real-life situations. Using state-of-the-art recording equipment and cameras, you can review your work and learn from your experiences. You will also build workplace networks when you undertake field education placements. 

You will graduate with a strong understanding of psychological issues, which will open up additional and more diverse employment opportunities.

Real-world connections

As part of your studies you will complete 560 hours of work experience during two supervised field education placements in a range of local, rural and international settings. This real-world experience is a major focus of your studies and provides valuable practical experience and the opportunity for you to build important industry relationships. In fact, students are often employed by the agencies in which they do their placements. You will also work alongside real-world practitioners and academics in our Social Work Studios.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

A career in the human services sector 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 and the demand for graduates is high1, with graduating students finding work in a wide range of fields. Careers to consider:

  • community development officer: employed by a city, neighbourhood or other municipality to ensure the growth, health and vitality of a region
  • community services worker: work with individuals and groups in the areas of psychology, rehabilitation and social work
  • counsellor (with further study): work with individuals and groups to help people overcome problems
  • project manager: use your managerial expertise to manage individual projects; work to meet deadlines and budget requirements
  • policy development officer: this is an advisory role where you will be responsible for analysing data and advising policymakers
  • social researcher: plan, design, conduct, manage and report on a range of social topics, including crime, healthcare, social services and unemployment
  • youth worker: provide practical and emotional support to children and young people
  • family support worker: provide assistance and guidance to children and families in need; family support workers are often employed by adoption agencies, protective service agencies, or family services organisations

You could further improve your employment prospects by continuing your studies with a one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree or a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation and recognition

Graduates will be eligible for full membership of the Australian Community Workers Association.

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

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

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

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


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 study spaces

You will have access to two state-of-the art Social Work Studios, which are equipped with recording equipment and cameras so that you can practice your skills with the help of field practitioners and academic staff.

Your study spaces

Your program director

Amy Cleland commenced as a Lecturer at UniSA in 2008 with an industry background in youth justice and child protection services, leading to project coordination and policy advice roles across state and Australian government departments.  Amy coordinates Aboriginal Knowledges across social science, social work, psychology and health programs with a research focus on examining colonialism, and teaching methods that are informed by practice wisdom. Amy’s professional experiences utilising her studies at UniSA reflects the scope of opportunities available to social science graduates which she shares with students in her current role as Program Director: Social Science (Human Services).

Ms Amy Cleland

Program Director

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Portrait image for Ms Amy Cleland

Ms Amy Cleland

Program Director


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