University of Technology Sydney

C06148v1 Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 60
Course EFTSL: 1.25
Location: Online campus

Notes

This course is offered fully online.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

Individuals with psychology skills are in high demand across industries such as healthcare, education, marketing, science and research, and more – and this demand is forecasted to grow in the future.

The UTS Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology is designed for those seeking to use the power of psychology to help change lives within multiple contexts. Students of this course gain broad and coherent knowledge and skills in psychological science grounded in industry-leading standards of ethical thinking and cultural responsiveness.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology offers a modern curriculum guided by the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project and the latest American Psychological Association Guidelines 3.0. Students of this course are part of an emerging mental health workforce that works effectively with, and for, Indigenous Australians.

The course has been developed by experienced practitioners and academics at the leading-edge of research, technology, and innovation in psychological science – so everything that students learn reflects the latest in psychological science.

It is delivered 100% online and accelerated, allowing students to continue working while gaining knowledge and skills in psychological science to make an immediate impact on their career.

For those interested in becoming a registered psychologist, the Graduate Diploma in Psychology can form part of their pathway.

Course aims

The course aims to equip graduates with broad and coherent knowledge and skills in the scientific discipline of psychology.

Career options

The UTS Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology is suitable for professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries with no qualification in psychology. Graduates of this program develop an understanding of psychological principles and greater insight into human behaviour which they can apply in a range of disciplines such as healthcare, education, human resources, business management, accounting, communications, social work, and counselling. Graduates of this course may apply for the Graduate Diploma (Advanced) and continue their pathway to becoming a registered psychologist or researcher.

Registration pathways and requirements to becoming a psychologist
An APAC accredited Level 1 program (e.g., the Graduate Diploma in Psychology) is the first step in the pathway towards registration as a psychologist in Australia. The second step is as an APAC accredited Level 2 program (e.g., the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)). The third step is an APAC accredited Level 3 program (e.g., Master of Clinical Psychology). Once enrolled in a Level 3 program, students will apply for provisional registration.

The requirements for registration as a psychologist are determined by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please review the following for more information on requirements and registration:

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Culturally Appropriate: Evaluate knowledge and skills required for research and professional practice that is sensitive to diversity of individuals, culturally appropriate, and cognisant of the impacts of ongoing colonisation on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
2.1 Psychological Literacy: Apply psychological science to meet personal, professional, and societal goals.
2.2 Research and Communication: Analyse, critique, and communicate theory and research in psychology.
2.3 Interpersonal and Teamwork: Practice effective intrapersonal, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.
3.1 Lifelong Learning: Assemble knowledge, skills and attributes required for self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology and for ongoing personal and professional development.
4.1 Values, Skills, and Ethics: Employ appropriate knowledge, values, and ethical standards in psychological research and practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have one of the following UTS recognised qualifications or overseas equivalent:
• Completed Advanced Diploma (AQF 6)
• Completed Bachelor's degree
• Completed Graduate Certificate
• Completed Graduate Diploma
• Completed Doctorate or Masters (Research or Coursework)

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

International students can study this course in online mode only and thus are not eligible for a student visa to study this course in Australia.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

Inherent Requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are inherent in or essential to the successful completion of a course. The inherent requirements framework for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology is based on the following six themes:

  1. Legal and Behavioural Requirements;
  2. Communication Tasks – verbal; written; non-verbal;
  3. Cognitive/Intellectual Tasks – literacy; numeracy; knowledge and information;
  4. Sensory Tasks – visual; auditory;
  5. Physical Tasks – gross and fine motor requirements; and
  6. Sustainable Performance.

Students should consult the full inherent requirements.

Local students

Domestic applicants can apply directly.

International students

International applicants can apply directly.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning will be granted on the basis of the successful completion of equivalent subjects from an APAC-accredited Level 1 program in Psychology within the last 10 years. The maximum number of subject exemptions that can be granted is two (12 credit points). The two subjects may include Introduction to Psychological Science and Introduction to Psychology Foundations. Students must provide the subject outline(s) so that the Responsible Academic Officer can determine whether the prior learning is equivalent to one of these subjects in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

For detailed information about how to apply for recognition of prior learning and the resulting subject exemptions, see recognition of prior learning.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 20 months of online study (i.e., One 6 credit point subject per session over 10 x 7-week sessions).

UTS Online students may undertake a maximum of one subject per session. Approval to study more than one six credit point subject per session will be subject to Faculty approval.

Course structure

This course comprises a total of 60 credit points. Students must complete a total of ten 6-credit-point coursework subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91738 Psychology - Level 1 12cp
STM91739 Psychology - Level 2 24cp
STM91740 Psychology - Level 3 24cp
Total 60cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical sequence for a student who begins in Session 6.

For more information, download a course guide and speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor about a fully online study and a tailored study program entering in any one of the six admission points per year.

Rules and regulations

Assignment extension policy

Extensions for assignments are only provided where there are extenuating and unforeseen circumstances, and documentation is provided. The acceptable reasons to support an extension application, as well as the appropriate forms of documentation, are the same as described for Special Consideration. Students are also required to submit their 'work in progress' when requesting an extension. Students seeking an extension must apply to the subject coordinator by email prior to the day the assessment is due. Approved extensions allow students up to 7 additional days to submit the assignment.

Special consideration is only required for extensions of more than one week (more than 7 days inclusive of weekends).

Professional recognition

This UTS program is accredited with conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Other information

Further information is available from:
email gsh.future@uts.edu.au
telephone +61 2 9514 1448

Or speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor about fully online study:
telephone 1300 477 423
email enquire@studyonline.uts.edu.au
UTS Online