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Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and Psychology)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
400 credit hours
Start date: 01-November-2021
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
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Course details


A Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Communication and Psychology will prepare you for diverse career opportunities in the areas of communication and community services. On completion of this degree, you will be able to understand and evaluate a wide range of social and cultural issues. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the communication process and how it relates to human behaviour.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a variety of roles within human resource management, corporate communications, community services, advertising, education and more.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • analyse and use information logically and critically
  • write concisely and clearly across a variety of formats and contexts
  • communicate effectively at personal, group and organisational levels
  • analyse, address and offer practical solutions complex communication issues
  • understand organisational dynamics
  • understand the fields and sub-fields within psychology and how and why these relate to specific career paths and employment areas within Aotearoa New Zealand
  • apply and evaluate scientific research methodologies and analysis used in psychology
  • identify and demonstrate ethical behaviour in research and/or professional practice
  • recognise Aotearoa New Zealand's uniquely bicultural context based on the Treaty partnership with Maori, as tangata whenua, and know when and why Treaty principles should be applied
  • recognise the importance of respecting cultural diversity and apply this knowledge in interactions with people
  • explain and evaluate behaviour from multiple perspectives in a variety of settings.
  • understand and apply the practice of psychology within an Aotearoa New Zealand context
  • develop and evaluate insight into one's own and others' behaviour and mental processes
  • use psychological principles to work effectively, as part of a team, and independently.

Qualification Structure

This double major is made up of 20 courses of 20 credits each. If you would like to apply for post graduate study in psychology in future, we recommend you select three Level 7 psychology courses amongst the choice of six available. We also recommend that you complete all Level 5 courses, followed by Level 6 courses before moving onto Level 7.

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.

Entry criteria

You must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the programme and have one of the following:

New Zealand University Entrance

Passes in New Zealand certificate/diploma qualifications/courses considered appropriate by the programme leader

An overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to either of the above by the programme leader.

IELTS test – a score of 6 (Academic) with no band score lower than 5.5 or equivalent.

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for Schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.


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