Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K

Want to study psychology without committing a full undergraduate degree? The Diploma of Psychology is what you are looking for. Psychology explores human behaviour and how humans make sense of the world, process, organise and store information. It looks at multiple factors that influence human development, human motivation and emotion such as: how biology influences things like learning, memory and behaviour, and vice versa, common and unique aspects of personality, behavioural dysfunctions, social and cultural diversity.This course introduces you to the foundations of psychology, explores mental health, and builds essential counselling and behaviour modification skills.You can choose to study this diploma either on campus at Casuarina (internally) or online (externally).


The course requires one year full time study or equivalent.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCommon Units(2 units)20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)Plus eitherCUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology ORCUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title 2016)Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.Core Units(2 units)20cpCompulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. PSY140 Introductory Psychology APSY141 Introductory Psychology B Specialist Elective(4 units)40cpUnits totalling 40 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.PSY115 Psychological SkillsPSY143 Traumatology - Assessment and InterventionPSY202 Developmental PsychologyPSY208 Biological Bases of BehaviourPSY209 Social-Cultural PsychologyPSY245 Cognition and LanguagePSY305 Theories of PersonalityPSY353 Abnormal PsychologyPSY355 Applied Psychology  80cpTotal Credit PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information. 


  • Society and Welfare Studies

Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $28,224 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
CDU Online International: $28,224 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

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