Our Associate Degree of Psychology accepts any health, community or social services Diploma from registered training organisations in Australia (or equivalent), as entry into second year.

Have you studied a Diploma in one of the following areas? Health, allied health, nursing, community services, social services or early childhood education? If so, that Diploma counts as the first year of your Associate Degree of Psychology. If you don’t already have a Diploma you can earn your Diploma at Chisholm - we offer courses from Certificates to Degrees to help you pathway to your Degree.

Progress your career in psychology, counselling, and mental health through advanced social, community and research psychology skills with entry from your Diploma. Chisholm Psychology programs use the pathway degree model developed within the Higher Education College, allowing entry into accredited Psychology programs through non-traditional pathways.

Chisholm’s Associate Degree and Bachelor of Psychology 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 your 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 their recognised Diploma and Associate Degree of 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 their Diploma and Bachelor of Psychology.

View further information about the Bachelor of Psychology

Further information about Chisholm's accreditation as a Higher Education provider can be found at Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Chisholm Higher Education College participates in surveys administered by Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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
26 February, 22 July

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.