Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies

Bachelor Degree

Course description



3 yrs

Study mode



Start date


3 start dates per year. Contact us about enrolling.

  • The Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies is taught by leading academics & delivered fully online
  • Gain skills you can apply in a variety of work environments, including family counselling, social work & human resources
  • Support available via phone or email 7 days a week

Course details

Entry requirements

Year 12, or relevant academic or work experience

Start dates
3 start dates per year. Contact us about enrolling.
3 years full time or part time equivalent
Study mode
Education institution
Swinburne (RTO 3059)
The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including your citizenship or whether you have completed any other courses. To find out more, contact the course provider.
Payment options
Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

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Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies

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Course content

23 units

  • Learning & communicating online
  • Australian politics
  • Psychology 100
  • Psychology 101
  • Introduction to research methods
  • Introduction to theories of counselling
  • Psychology of infancy & early childhood
  • Psychology of wellbeing (Double unit)
  • Applied social psychology
  • Sociological foundations
  • Deviance difference & conformity

You will need to complete 12 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses.

Entry requirements

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites:

Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score.

Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Further information

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

What you’ll learn

Become trained in:

  • the major approaches psychologists use to understand personality
  • explaining and predicting people’s behaviour in social situations
  • the processes involved in psychological growth and how people change with age
  • examining cognitive processes, including perception, attention, memory and learning

Support and delivery

Set your own timetable

This course has a flexible design, meaning you can study anywhere at any time.

There are 3 teaching periods per year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.

You should dedicate around 8 hours of study per week to each unit. This includes engaging with learning materials and activities, interacting with other students, readings and assessment tasks.

Possible study loads:

  • Full-time: 8 units per year over 3 years
  • Suggested: 6 units per year over 4 years
  • Part-time: 4 units per year over 6 years

There are study breaks between teaching periods and over Christmas / New Year so you can take time out during your course.

Supportive, Interactive Learning

Many distance education courses simply adapt their face-to-face content for online use. But this isn’t always practical.

With Swinburne Online, your course has been developed specifically for online delivery. Enhance your studies with online communication technologies such as discussion boards, chat sessions, email and blogs.

  • All learning materials included
  • Access your course through an online learning platform
  • Excellent tutor-student ratio
  • Regular feedback and guidance from eLearning Advisors

In addition, Student Advisors are available by email and phone 7 days a week for any queries you might have around your study.

They can help with admissions, enrolment and re-enrolment, course advice, policies and regulations, academic assessments and technical issues.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your previous academic experience may count towards your degree through course credit and RPL.

This means you may be able to shorten the duration of your study and complete a degree course sooner, saving you time and money.

Help with Online Study

The Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies includes a foundation unit called 'Learning and Communicating Innovative Practice'. This unit is handy if you're returning to study after a long time, or if you’re new to online learning.

You'll gain skills in:

  • written and online communication
  • collaborating in individual and group work
  • critiquing and analysing information sources

It's a great way to feel more confident about online study.

Payment options

Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

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