This course is designed for students who have completed an APAC accredited undergraduate degree or honours degree needing to refresh or improve their original Honours results to take the next step into Masters or 4+2 psychology career pathway.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate will allow entry into the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from which successful completion with good grades will lead to entry into the professional Masters courses. The Master of Professional Psychology and the Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) are two of the pathways to professional practice in Psychology that Cairnmillar offers. 

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Location: Online  Intake: February 2021 (part time) and July 2021 (full time)
Delivery: Full Time and Part Time Fees: $900 per unit with Commonwealth supported places (CSPs)
Duration: 6 Months Full Time or 1 Year Part Time HECS-HELP: Available if eligible 
Course Code: PY086 Application Type: Domestic only

Course Duration and Structure

This six months full time or one year part time program consists of 50 credit points across a total of four units of study. Students may choose any four units listed below, subject to availability.

HON401 Professional Practice and Professional Ethics
HON403 Psychological Assessment
HON404 Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence
HON407 Developmental Psychopathology Across the Lifespan
HON402 Research Methods


Admission Criteria

Applicants must have completed an APAC undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification, within the last ten years. Or an APAC accredited fourth year or equivalent qualification completed at any time. 

For entry into the course, students are required to submit an application through the Apply Now page. Supporting documentation requirements are listed in the Applications Portal. 

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Graduate Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical codes, legislation, and professional standards to issues relevant to professional practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the development and application of psychological assessment and intervention.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of developmental psychopathology.
  • Have the capacity to critically consider the impact of sociocultural and developmental factors in professional practice.
  • Demonstrate sophisticated oral and written communication skills.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students applying for this program may enter into a process in which they may be granted credit or partial credit towards the qualification in recognition of previous experience where an equivalence of earlier learning can be established.

Credit transfer for an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) course, is only applicable for recently completed APAC accredited postgraduate programs.

Credit or partial credit is not granted in recognition of knowledge or skills gained through work or life experience.

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