Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Apply now for next intake

  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

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Course Rundown

The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) from Charles Sturt University provides students with a solid grounding in the field of psychology, and is the perfect platform to launch a successful career as a psychologist.

Students will be taught the fundamentals of human behaviour and learn how best to apply these to promote general welfare and treat behaviour and social difficulties.

The degree runs parallel with the first year of the Bachelor of Psychology, however entry requirements are less demanding. Students who achieve a high level of academic achievement may be eligible to transfer into the Bachelor of Psychology program.

Students studying via distance education ought to note this course includes a residential school component. Students will be required to travel to either the Bathurst or Wagga Wagga CSU campus to attend the component.  


To be eligible to enter this program, applicants must:

  • Have completed previous studies such as the Higher School Certificate or equivalent with ATAR of 70
  • AND

  • Have previous voluntary or paid work experience
  • AND

  • Have English language proficiency

Residential School Requirements
This courses may include a residential school component where you will attend a Charles Sturt University campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

What You’ll Learn

Core Level 1 to 3 subjects – complete all:

  • Foundations of psychology 1
  • Foundations of psychology 2
  • Research methods and statistics in psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Psychological testing
  • Biopsychology
  • Advanced research methods and statistics in psychology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychology of personality
  • Cognition
  • Psychology of learning

Compulsory sociology subjects – complete all:

  • Introductory sociology
  • Social inequity

Minor of six subjects, selected from the following disciplines:

  • Communication
  • English
  • History and politics
  • Justice studies
  • Philosophy
  • Social welfare
  • Sociology
  • Theology
  • Indigenous studies
  • Biology
  • Human resource management
  • Information technology
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics and statistics

Electives – complete four units:

  • Indigenous Australians and psychology: an introduction
  • Psychology of crime
  • Health psychology
  • Psychology of substance abuse
  • Psychology of international experience
  • Psychology and the legal system
  • Psychology of stress and trauma

Why study with Charles Sturt University?

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

Student Support

CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

This Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) will give you a solid foundation in the fundamentals of psychology and is the ideal gateway to pursuing further studies across a range of psychology disciplines.

Graduates from the course may gain employment in a variety of sectors including human resources, personnel, market research, community services, health and social welfare.


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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Austudy/Abstudy or Youth Allowance.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.