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Psychology

Psychology encompasses all aspects of human behaviour, using tested theoretical frameworks to examine, explain and predict what we do as individuals and in groups. Graduates of the four-year program are eligible to apply for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Leading to

Bachelor of Psychology

Careers Include

  • Psychologist
  • Drug & Alcohol Counsellor
  • Counselling Psychologist*
  • Clinical Psychologist*

*following completion of relevant postgraduate studies.

Psychology

If you have…

✓ Completed  Year 12 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

9 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Psychology.


Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Information Media Technologies

Specialist Units

  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Human Body
  • Mathematics 1

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Health & Health Behaviour
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Indigenous Culture & Health

Specialist Units (Psychology)

  • Brain & Behaviour
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Science & Professional Practice in Psychology

Psychology Diploma of Health Science (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Evidence Informed Health Practice

The role of empirical evidence in making decisions in health practice. Introduction to different types of research methodologies; measurement; observation; data collection; research ethics; bio-statistical analysis; strategies to understand, question and evaluate evidence.

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

Introduction to ethical decision making in the context of professional health practice. Application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university. Introduction to professional requirements which impact on the safety and quality of client centred service/care when working in a health setting. Examination of differences in Australian and international health systems. Students will learn the value of diversity in inter-professional practice through working in teams. Students will reflect on their learning and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.

Health and Health Behaviour

Students will explore the environmental, social, cultural, psychological and biological factors that influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and populations. Perceptions of health, illness and disability and how these shape health decision making will be discussed. Consideration of how theories of health behaviour can be applied to maintaining and improving health and wellbeing. Students will work inter- professionally to identify the key principles influencing health and health behaviour required to deliver safe, high quality client and community centred services.

Human Structure and Function

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

Indigenous Cultures and Health

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Psychology Diploma of Health Science (Specialist Units - Stage 2)

Brain & Behaviour

Examination of the structural and functional organisation of the central nervous system. Maturational and evolutionary brain development. Introduction to the basic methods used to study brain structure and function. Interrelationships between physiological functioning and behaviour, with special reference to sensory processes and perception. learning and memory, motivation and emotion, sleep and arousal, and language.

Foundations of Psychology

Broad outline of the study of mental processes. Introduction to perception, thinking, language, intelligence, consciousness, psychological disorders, and psychological therapies.

Introduction to Psychology

Broad outline of the nature, methods, and fields of psychology. Introduction to psychology and methodological issues related to the study of human beings and the relevance of both for interactions with individuals and groups. Introduction to social psychology, personality, development, learning, memory, and motivation.

Science & Professional Practice in Psychology

Introduce the scientist- practitioner model for psychology. Explores the historical origins of psychology, the scientific mindset and logic of its core research methods, and the role of ethics in psychological research and practice. Examines the manner in which theory, research and practice are mutually informed.

2017 Fees

Australian Students

  Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,480 11,840
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,325 34,600

International Students

  Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 2,625 21,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,325 34,600

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR/UAI 60 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades


International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 4 points from 3 GCE A-Level OR 2 points from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) TBC Minimum of 25 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College
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Intakes

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
February | July

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
February

Duration

Diploma (Stage 1)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma (Stage 2)
2 Semesters (12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake February 2017

Apply now for the Diploma of Health Sciences, leading to year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at Curtin University.

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Why Psychology?

Curtin's psychology degree was ranked among the 10 most popular psychology subjects in Australia in the 2013 QS World University Rankings. It was also listed as one of the top 100-150 psychology subjects in the world.