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It’s not easy to look a repeat youth offender in the eye and try to help them – it takes conviction. This double degree will equip you with the kind of thinking you need to work in youth justice, probation, community justice, outreach or policing – careers with heart.
If you want to make a difference and pursue a career where no two days are the same, this is the course for you. The possibilities are endless, for building a stimulating career in the community.
This double degree integrates two highly sought after areas. You can explore fascinating topics including: crimes of violence, environmental criminology, Indigenous justice, official corruption, death investigation, transnational and organised crime, terrorism and forensic psychology. You will learn how to understand human behaviours, and apply your skills in challenging situations where knowledge of the human response is essential.
Within the justice degree, there’s the flexibility to major in either “policy and governance” or “criminology and policing”, with a selection of minors such as forensic science or investigation. Areas of specialisation within the psychology degree include family therapy, alcohol and drugs, sexuality and gender, organisational psychology, road safety, and forensic psychology and the law.
|QTAC course code||409752|
|QUT course code||IX76|
|Course duration||4 years full-time|
|Start month||2015 & 2016 February|
|Deferment||You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.|
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Why choose this course?
You will learn how to understand human behaviours, and apply your skills in challenging situations. You can combine justice, criminology, policing, policy, governance and psychology in one package. You will be trained in professional criminological research skills, psychological research methods and gain an implicit understanding of the criminal justice system. Essential areas of forensic psychology, social and organisational psychology, social ethics, developmental psychology and counselling will give you crticial insights into human behaviours. Perception and cognition, physiological psychology and psychopathology are among the core topics. In the justice component, you can choose a major in either policy and governance or criminology and policing. In the psychology degree, you can take the first step towards a career as a registered psychologist. The two degrees have many cross-relevant study areas such as addictive behaviours and traffic psychology.
The course provides a broad foundation in the science of psychology and its application. You’ll develop:
- an ability to understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organisational issues
- high-level communication and social research skills that are valuable in a wide range of professions.
You’ll prepare for the workplace by exploring the most recent theory and practice of social justice, and developing relevant problem-solving, analytical and applied computer skills.
You’ll complete core studies in:
- social, developmental, biological, cognitive, and abnormal psychology
- research methods
- psychological assessment.
You can also choose electives from specialist areas in:
- alcohol and drugs
- family therapy and counselling
- psychology and gender
- traffic psychology.
Final-year students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a volunteer community placement, some of which are funded to cover travel costs.
With an understanding of the most recent theory and practice of social justice, and skills in social, developmental, cognitive and abnormal psychology, you will have a pathway to careers in:
- policy development for government and non-government organisations
- state and federal law enforcement
- correctional services
- rehabilitation services
- family services
- private security
- advocacy (including women’s, youth and children’s advocacy)
- human rights and anti-discrimination.
The Bachelor of Justice is highly regarded by the Australian Federal Police, Queensland Police Service and all law enforcement agencies. Many of our justice graduates gain employment in these services.
The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) also provides the first step towards a career as a registered psychologist and an excellent foundation for careers in a wide range of related areas.
Our psychology graduates have analytical, research and interpersonal skills that equip them for many professional areas, including:
- human resources
- market research
- organisational development
- human services and counselling.
To pursue a career as a registered psychologist, you must complete further study (see professional recognitiion).
The Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) component of the program includes a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence completed across four years of study. This study is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). To become a psychologist, you must complete further study to gain registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
When you complete this double degree, you can apply for a fourth year program in psychology (e.g. Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology) or Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Science) to gain provisional registration as a psychologist. You must then complete at least two years of further study, which may comprise the completion of an appropriate APAC-accredited Masters degree and/or supervised work experience.
At any point during your study, you can become a student member of the Australian Psychological Society.
First year comprises foundation units to give you a solid overview of each area. You will study introductory psychology, criminology, policing, interpersonal processes and skills, justice and society, and research methods. You will also develop an understanding of the criminal justice system, and learn about forensic psychology and how it relates to law.
By second year you will begin to pick study areas related to your justice major. You will expand your knowledge in social and organisational psychology, research analysis, social ethics, developmental psychology and counselling.
Third year allows you to tailor your degree to your interests. Of the eight units studied in third year, you can choose six of them from an extensive electives list. Choose from areas such as human sexuality, alcohol and drug studies, forensic psychology, psychology and gender, road safety, industrial and organisational psychology, health psychology and family therapy.
In fourth year combine four compulsory units with the other four units of your choice. Compulsory units include physiological psychology, psychopathology, Indigenous justice, and statistical analysis. You choose three justice electives and one psychology elective to complete your studies.
Guide to entry cut-offs
Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:
We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended study: Maths A, B or C
Did you get an OP 1-5?
If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.
Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.
The recent federal budget has proposed a number of changes to the funding of higher education which, if implemented, will impact upon costs to Commonwealth supported students from 1 January 2016. Eligible students will still be able to use HECS-HELP (Higher Education Loan Program) to defer payment. It is important to note that the changes are proposals only, subject to the passage of Commonwealth legislation. QUT will be in a position to consider fees for 2016 and beyond once the legislation has been through the houses of parliament. Proposed changes to tuition fees.
2016: CSP rates will be available from 1 October 2015 (subject to annual review)
2015: CSP $3,300 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
Student Services and Amenities Fee
You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.
HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees
You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
These scholarships are available for this course:
You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments
How to apply for Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Justice
You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.
Are you ready to submit your application?
You're ready if you've:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
- Checked important dates.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements.
- Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.
All done? Then you're ready to apply.
Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (409752) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
After you've submitted your application to QTAC
If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.
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