For entry into a psychology course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from 54.20 to 99.00 depending on the course and university. While most undergraduate psychology degrees are 3 years, the courses that include the 4th year (honours) generally require a higher ATAR or OP for entry.
Graduates of a number of degrees including psychological science, psychology, arts, social science, health sciences, science, commerce and behavioural science must ensure that they complete the required pre-requisite subjects in their undergraduate course to be eligible to proceed down the postgraduate pathway if their intention is to become a psychologist. A high grade point average will be required.
The following tables shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of 2016 in the various states and territories throughout Australia. Please note that this is a rough guide only for future years as it changes from year to year depending on the applications each university receives, and that some universities will also have additional selection criteria to gain entry.
The information presented in this article was correct at the time of publishing. Please check with the Psychology Board of Australia for an up to date list of approved programs of study to become a psychologist in Australia: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Accreditation.aspx
Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances. My Health Career accepts no responsibility for ensuring that you enrol in a course that is right for you. Please do your own research to ensure that you enrol in the correct course, especially if you are considering an undergraduate biomedicine, health science or biomedical science degree as a pathway to a postgraduate course. This may include speaking with a careers advisor, guidance officer, career development practitioner, representatives of the Australian Psychological Society, and admissions officers from the university or universities you are looking at applying to.
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