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- Psychology is a fascinating and diverse area of study that touches upon many aspects of daily life, seeking to answer questions about how and why people behave the way they do.
In this combined degree, students will develop a deep and focussed scientific understanding of human thoughts and behaviours, the psychological processes underlying those, and the relationship of these processes to brain function. Additionally students will be able to undertake one of the wide range of majors in the Bachelor of Arts, enabling them to acquire transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.
The Psychology sequence in this course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Students hoping to pursue further study at postgraduate level leading to professional accreditation as a psychologist will need to complete an accredited program.
Students enrolling in this course must select their extended major(s) from the specialised degree using the code(s) :
- Course code
- Current / 2023
- Administered by
- School of Psychological Science
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Gilles Gignac
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- 192 points comprising 32 six-point units. Students normally take eight units each year, four in each semester.
- Available to international students
- Not available to international students on student visas. Available to international students on other visas if visa conditions allow (see https://www.immi.gov.au). For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- Attendance type
- Full- or part-time
- Delivery mode
- Standard full-time completion
- 4 years
- Standard part-time completion
- 8 years (maximum 12 years)
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Majors available
- Other majors available
(subject to rules for course)
A wide range of BA majors
- Domestic fee type
- Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP; or postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
Example Study Plan
See study plans for more information.
1. These rules are the Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Arts Degree Combined Course Rules.
2. The Glossary provides an explanation of the terms used in these rules.
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
3.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials module
4.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in an undergraduate degree course of the University for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.
(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module or the ISE module is not required to repeat the relevant module.
English Language competency requirements
5. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.
6.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have
(a) achieved an ATAR of at least 85, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;
(b) a direct pathway offer;
(c) a place in a relevant UWA access program.
Admission ranking and selection
7. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
8.(1) A student enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at UWA may apply to transfer into this combined degree course if they satisfy the following conditions:
(a) the student has not commenced their final semester of enrolment in their current course;
(b) the course transfer is undertaken within the two transfer windows in each academic year;
(c) there are no quotas preventing the student from enrolling in a major or unit in which the student seeks to enrol; and
(2) the student has completed a minimum of 24 points of study in their current course and achieved a WAM of at least 60
The Combined Bachelor's degrees consists of 192 credit points (normally 32 units), comprising:
(a) no more than 96 credit points (normally 16 units) at Level 1; and
(b) at least 96 credit points (normally 16 units) completed at Level 2 and Level 3, including at least 36 credit points (normally 6 units) at Level 3; and
(c) a degree-specific major for the BP030 - Bachelor of Psychology chosen from the list below:
(d) a degree-specific major for the BP001 - Bachelor of Arts chosen from the list below:
A wide range of BA majors
and(e) any relevant foundation units.
and(2) Students may choose to undertake an additional major and/or up to two minors from any undergraduate degree, provided the student will be able to complete all nominated majors and minors within 192 credit points.
10.(1) This course has the following exit awards:
(2)(a) A student who withdraws from the Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Arts before completing it, but after completing a minimum of 144 credit points of study, including one of the following majors, may apply to the School to be awarded the BP030 - Bachelor of Psychology.
(b) A student who withdraws from the Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Arts before completing it, but after completing a minimum of 144 credit points of study, including one of the following majors, may apply to the School to be awarded the BP001 - Bachelor of Arts.
A wide range of BA majors
11.(1) To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.
(3) A student who fails a unit twice is not permitted to enrol again in that unit unless the relevant board approves otherwise.
12.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.
(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances
(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 11(1) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';
(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 11(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';
(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 11(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';
(d) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 11(2) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 11(1).
13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).