11 May 2015

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills)

  • Recent changes to the program have enhanced the work-readiness of graduates
  • These changes have been recognised nationally in the form of an award from the Australian Federal Government Office of Teaching and Learning

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills) provides students with an understanding of the theoretical basis of psychology, a solid introduction to the theory and practice of counselling. Students develop critical and analytical thinking skills and data management skills and learn to be critical consumers and producers of research.

What does it take?

  • an interest in human behaviour
  • an interest in listening, analysing human behaviour, and developing interpersonal skills
  • logic, critical thinking skills, and excellent oral and written communication abilities

Students complete:

  • a work placement in the third year, providing hands-on industry experience and potential employment opportunities
  • a minimum of 12 courses in psychology (including compulsory courses)
  • 3 core counselling courses
  • 4 additional courses to develop interpersonal skills for working with individuals, groups, and communities
  • Prerequisite and knowledge courses for further study in psychology

Specialist psychology courses that students can choose from include:

  • Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Conservation Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Language, Context and Social Behaviour

Students may also choose to undertake a part of the program at one of the overseas universities which the University of South Australia has an exchange program with.

Career Opportunities

Graduates often find jobs in:

  • youth work
  • advertising and marketing
  • policy and research
  • consumer research
  • counselling
  • industrial relations
  • human resources
  • program coordination
  • welfare.

Specific roles may include:

  • behavioural ecologist
  • community development officer
  • crime prevention officer
  • disability support officer
  • drug/alcohol case worker
  • human resources manager
  • psychologist (after further study)
  • training officer
  • welfare program coordinator
  • youth worker

Professional accreditation
This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills) specialisation may also apply for Level 1 membership of the Australian Counselling Association.

Entry requirements include:

IELTS Total: 6

IELTS Reading: 6

IELTS Writing: 6

Start date for this program is Study Period 2 (beginning of the year) OR Study Period 5 (mid-year)


Based on academic merit, quota, and completion of prerequisite courses, graduates of this program may be eligible to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

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