Chisholm is the first accredited training organisation in Australia to accept any Diploma from any registered training organisation in Australia as entry to the second year of the Bachelor of Psychology

Progress your career in psychology, counselling, mental health through advanced social, community and research psychology skills with entry from your diploma. This means if you have a Diploma in any field (such as hairdressing, sport, engineering, health, business, human resources) this counts as the first year of your Psychology Degree. You can also gain an Associate Degree of Psychology after only one year of study.

Our Psychology programs combine the work-ready elements of health related diplomas with the research, statistical and theoretical understanding of psychology and psychological disorders. Our psychology program is three phased, with phase one consisting of a diploma in any of counselling, community services, mental health, alcohol and other drugs.

Chisholm’s Psychology programs combine the work-ready elements of diplomas with the research, statistical and theoretical understanding of psychology.
Chisholm Psychology conforms to the Pathway Degree model developed within the Higher Education College. In this manner, it delivers steps two and three of a three-phased program with phase one consisting of a diploma.

The second phase of the program delivers the Associate Degree component over one year. Students have the option to leave the program at the conclusion of this year with a recognised Diploma and Associate Degree in Psychology.

The third and final phase of the program consists of a further year of study and the completion of the Bachelor Degree. Students who successfully complete this phase leave the program with a Diploma and Bachelor Degree in Psychology. Each of the degree phases are associated with both specific Course Learning Outcomes and broader Chisholm Graduate Attributes.

Download the course entry requirements.

Award granted
Associate Degree
Course code
Delivery location
Not available for International students
Full Time, 1 year. Part Time, 2 years.
Start dates
February and July 2023

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and aligned to Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 6.

Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.