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Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

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  • Payment options:

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  • Duration:

    24 units

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne University of Technology

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What you'll learn

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About this course

The Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) offered through Open Universities Australia will help students develop high-level skills and gain a comprehensive understanding of what motivates human behaviour. Students will be taught the fundamentals of psychology including topics such as development psychology, cognition, social psychology, personality, psychological measurement and abnormal psychology.

The course also covers the entire gamut of behavioural studies, from counselling and the psychology of crime to media relations and Aboriginal studies; the course enables students to gain both a broad understanding of psychology and to specialise in specific areas that interest them.


To be eligible to enter this program, applicants must:

  • Successfully complete introductory units STA10003, PSY10003, PSY10004 or equivalent pass level

Areas of study

During this bachelor degree program, the subjects you will study include:

  • Academic literacies: learning and communication practices
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Aboriginal cultures
  • Developing research and analytical skills
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Foundations of statistics
  • Introduction to psychology 1
  • Introduction to psychology 2
  • Analysis of variance
  • Developmental psychology
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Cognition and human performance
  • Psychology of personality
  • Social psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Psychological measurement project

Students may also choose to complete a minor in any one of the following areas: sociology of contemporary societies, sociology, criminology, human resource management, public relations, indigenous studies or marketing.

For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) from Swinburne University of Technology.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology) program from Swinburne University, you will be highly sought after by a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sector. Many industries seek employees with psychology-based qualifications, so you will have a multitude of career options to choose from. Graduates of this behavioural studies program can pursue careers in areas such as community and mental health, research, social welfare, policy development, human resource management, journalism, marketing and advertising.

Curious about where a career in psychology could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Sociologist
  • Youth Worker
  • Policy Analyst
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Life Scientist
  • Disability Services Instructor

Payment options & support

Finance options

HECS-HELP is available for this course.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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