The BPsychSc component of this combined degree is a specialist program with a broad vocational orientation. The program has been designed to equip graduates with knowledge and skills relevant to their intended careers by providing an opportunity to undertake a minor in relevant disciplines in conjunction with their psychology major. The BPsychSc component also provides preparation for further study in postgraduate programs such as counselling, criminology and corrections, health management, marketing, rehabilitation counselling, and social work, or in psychology.
The Bachelor of Laws component is the basic academic preparation for persons who wish to enter the legal profession and other careers involving legal work. The course also has wider applicability in developing the attributes and skills inherent in a general university education. Students develop the values and intellectual abilities necessary to marshal facts and to critically assess and evaluate information, theories and doctrines thus preparing themselves for a variety of career roles.
A degree in law is the first step towards entering the legal profession. After graduating from the University, a law student wishing to practise in Tasmania is required to undertake a 6 month Legal Practice course.
Graduates who completed the APAC accredited 3-year sequence in psychology (major in Psychology plus a minor in Behavioural Science) will be eligible for entry the BPsychSc(Hons) program, the pathway to postgraduate professional training in psychology and subsequent professional registration for practice as a psychologist.
The objectives of the combined degree courses are those of the component degrees. Reference should be made to the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Bachelor of Laws course entries.
A law degree is a prerequisite to admission as a legal practitioner. Today, however, employers from a widening range of disciplines value the skills that law graduates possess. A range of career choices lie open to law graduates as a solicitor, barrister, industry legal officer or ministerial adviser, as well as in legal aid, community legal centres, the Attorney-General's department, law reform commissions, consumer affairs, environment, foreign affairs, police, legal drafting, politics, banking, finance, journalism, publishing and teaching.
BPsychSc graduates have knowledge, analytical, research and interpersonal skills with a high degree of application in areas such as health, education, justice, welfare, business, employment and training. Students are able to structure their course to incorporate a major, minor or student electives in areas which suit their career choice, or to equip them for a range of career options. Graduates are also able to progress to postgraduate training and careers in professional areas, such as counselling, criminology and corrections, social work and psychology
The Law component meets the requirements of the accrediting body, the Tasmanian Board of Legal Education. After graduating from the University, a law student wishing to practise in Tasmania is required to undertake a 6 month Legal Practice course. Under the mutual recognition scheme, after gaining admission and obtaining a practising certificate in Tasmania lawyers can practise in another state of Australia without having to obtain a practising certificate in the latter jurisdiction.
International students should address such enquiries to the relevant authority in their home country.
The Psychology major (pre-honours pathway) in combination with a Behavioural Science minor meets the requirements for an APAC accredited 3-year sequence in psychology. Graduates completing this sequence will be eligible to apply for the BPsychSc(Hons) program, and subsequent progression to postgraduate professional training in psychology and professional registration for practice as a psychologist.
The Bachelor of Psychological Science-Bachelor of Laws is a five-year degree. Progression to Year 2 Law requires completion of 100pts (8 units) in first year Bachelor of Psychological Science component or another degree if appropriate units have been studied. The first year must include the units LAW121 and LAW122). There is a total quota of 200 places for all second year Law students. Students will be ranked based on their academic performance in their first year of study. Should they not be successful in progressing to Year 2, they may be able to continue their studies in a Bachelor degree related to their first year studies. For course structure purposes, this degree is regarded as following the Specialist 1 degree model.
Bachelor of Psychological Science component:
In the Bachelor of Psychological Science component, you study a major, minor and student electives.
- A Psychology major of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate and 4 advanced units;
- A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate level units, chosen from a schedule of acceptable Bachelor of Psychological Science minors. Students considering further study and a career in psychology need to complete a Behavioural Science minor to be eligible to progress to Psychology Honours and postgraduate professional training;
- Student Electives: 2 introductory level units from any other study area in the University that you have the prerequisites to take (including Breadth units).
Bachelor of Laws component:
In the Bachelor of Laws component,
LAW121 Introduction to Law and LAW122 Legal Systems should be completed in your first year. These units will count toward the Psychological Science Component of the degree.
you take two majors of 8 units each and 8 additional advanced level units. Students commence the majors in the Bachelor of Laws component at intermediate level and consequently are required to complete 4 units at intermediate level for the requirements for each major within this degree.
- Students studying a Law combined degree are required to substitute one advanced level unit from the other discipline of the combined degree for one non-core Law unit.
- The Mooting unit must be taken in the final year of study
Only units from the schedules below fulfil the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws component of the degree, as approved by the University and the accrediting body, the Tasmanian Board of Legal Education.
Assessment of applications will be based on academic merit, taking into consideration previous university studies.
The four methods of entry are:
Direct Entry (for Year 12 leavers only)
To be qualified for University entry with a ATAR score of 90 or above (limited places available in this entry category). This pathway guarantees a place in the course, but progression to Year 2 Law is subject to passing all eight units in the first year of their BPsychSci component, including the units LAW121 Introduction to Law and LAW122 Legal Systems (or the academic equivalent.); or
Standard Entry (for Year 12 leavers only)
To be qualified for University entry with a ATAR score of 65-89.99. Students should be aware that progression into Year 2 of this course is not guaranteed. Progression to Year 2 Law is limited to 200 places. Students will be ranked on the basis of their performance in the first year of studies.Should you not be successful in progressing to Year 2, you will be transferred to a BPsychSci - the Bachelor degree related to your first year studies; or
An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent.
All students must pass all eight units in the first year of their BPsychSci component, including the units LAW121 Introduction to Law and LAW122 Legal Systems (or the academic equivalent.), before being eligible to progress to Year 2 Law studies.
English Language Requirement: IELTS Score 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0); TOEFL (PBT) 600 TWE 4.5; TOEFL (IBT) 92 (no score below 20); PTE Academic 58 with no score lower than 50; UTAS DEAP Overall 65% (Writing 60%).
Fees & scholarships
Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.
Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.
For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.
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