Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
OP701006Closed to new enrolments
The Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) will give you an understanding of the science of human behaviour and what happens in people’s minds to influence their behaviour.
Cost$14,274 NZ Domestic
Not including any course materials or external exam fees.
This includes how people think, remember and feel; what drives motivation and how personality is defined.
Successful completion of this degree may enable you to enter graduate and postgraduate training in psychology. A postgraduate qualification is the minimum level of qualification needed for you to enter the psychology profession.
Closed to new enrolments
This qualification is closed to new enrolments. We are now offering an updated version of this programme:
If you began studying this programme before February, 2016, you can re-enrol in your next course(s) as usual.
This qualification will prepare you for a broad variety of careers in the public and private sectors such as health, business and research.
What you will learn
When you complete this qualification you will have knowledge of:
- the fields and sub-fields within psychology and how and why these relate to specific career
- paths and employment areas within Aotearoa New Zealand
- how to apply and evaluate scientific research methodologies and analysis used in psychology
- how to identify and demonstrate ethical behaviour in research and professional practice
- recognise Aotearoa New Zealand's uniquely bicultural context based on the Treaty partnership with Māori, as tangata whenua, and know when and why Treaty principles should be applied
- how to apply the practice of psychology within an Aotearoa New Zealand context
- the importance of respecting cultural diversity and apply this knowledge in interactions with people
- how to explain and evaluate behaviour from multiple perspectives in a variety of settings
- how to develop and evaluate insight into yours and other people’s behaviour and mental processes
- how to use psychological principles to work effectively as part of a team and independently
- using logical and innovative thinking to produce evidence-based solutions
- how to communicate clearly and effectively across a variety of formats and contexts
- how to find and critically evaluate information.
Gaining the confidence to succeedWanting the confidence to challenge herself and a career to provide for her children, Ann Tapara began her journey with a Bachelor of Applied Science through distance learning at Open Polytechnic, laying the foundation to later gaining a Masters degree and becoming a fully registered clinical psychologist.