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Make a positive difference

The scientific study of human society and social relationships can be used to solve some of the world’s biggest issues. The study of social sciences equips you with knowledge and skills to assist you in improving societies of tomorrow. Drawing upon multiple perspectives and disciplines, The Bachelor of Social Science at Bond requires students to look beyond preconceptions and equip themselves to promote beneficial change at an individual and community level. Start the first chapter of your Social Science career and graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees.  

Undertake Studies in Cognate Disciplines  

The Bachelor of Social Science allows you to undertake a combination of two of our available majors, or a double major in Criminology. Students are encouraged to explore the impact of Counselling, Criminology and Psychology on society. The multi-disciplinary approach equips graduates with a broad foundation of knowledge applicable to a number of career paths. Students in the Bachelor of Social Science have the opportunity to partake in for-credit internships or work experience. 

Students who choose a Criminology focus will gain the ability to understand atypical behaviour patterns. Those students who combine their studies with Psychology will be provided with the basis for understanding human behaviour across the lifespan, differing cultures and varied environments. Students who choose a Counselling Interventions focus will gain the ability to assess and plan therapeutic interventions as well as abiding by ethical, legal and professional requirements. 

Campus and Bond University Experience 

Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide for well over a decade. This ranking recognises that there is a big difference between learning in large anonymous cohorts and working in small, discussion-based classes where you will be mentored through your studies by leading academics.  

You will develop high level interpersonal and employability skills – communication, leadership, ethics – through Bond’s unique core subjects and Beyond Bond program that is part of every undergraduate degree. When it comes to planning your career path, the team at the Career Development Centre will work with you to find internships and work placements. 

As for your social life – Bond is renowned for it, with a huge range of active student clubs, sporting teams, swimming pools, the aquatic centre, student gym, fitness and yoga classes, restaurants, cafes, all right here on campus. 

Pathway to Criminology

Combined Degree Options

Key features

  • Undertake two majors or a double major in cognate disciplines to broaden your knowledge and skillset
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to internship opportunities for credit
  • Learn from internationally recognised Academics with industry knowledge
  • Learn in small class sizes, delivering more interaction, more support and more opportunities
  • Graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degree structure

About the program

The Bachelor of Social Science program encompasses several disciplines including criminology, psychology, counselling and behaviour management. The program allows you to combine subjects to complete a program whose title reflects a specialisation of studies in the social sciences area of the Faculty.

ModeOn Campus 
Duration6 semesters (2 years)
Starting semesters
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • May 2024
  • September 2024
Program typeBachelors Degree
Study areaSocial Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeHS-20007
CRICOS code063082E
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

View the Bachelor of Social Sciences - Program Structure and Sequencing

The Bachelor of Social Sciences program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:

University core subjects (3)

Plus: Beyond Bond: Professional Development and Community Engagement

Majors (12)

Students must choose one (1) of the following major combinations:

Psychology and Criminology
Psychology and Counselling Interventions
Criminology and Counselling Interventions

Students must take the Criminology and Counselling Interventions majors

Electives (9)

Students can choose 9 subjects from the list of available subjects from across the University, provided they meet the subject requisites, enrolment restrictions and any other faculty requirements.  

International students

To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.

Domestic students

Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $15,800* per semester average
  • Students commencing study in 2023: $16,200* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $94,800
  • Students commencing study in 2023: $97,200

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

Academic requirements

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Entry score for 2021 entry

Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at the Faculty in the January semester 2020.

Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.

2022 Year 12 entry

In a disrupted world, Year 12 students have shown incredible resilience in adapting to the ongoing challenges presented by the events of recent years. Year 12 students can be assessed now for a guaranteed offer for 2022 entry conditional on the completion of Year 12. Applications will be assessed based on their first semester Year 12 results and meeting any subject prerequisite requirements for their program. Find out more.

International Secondary School students

For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.

Alternative entry pathways

For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:

  • Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
  • Bond University Diploma programs
  • Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
  • Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
  • Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
  • Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.

For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the online application form. To find out more about the application process please refer to how to apply.

Future outcomes

The Bachelor of Social Science opens the door to a wide range of rewarding careers. Upon completion of the program, you could expect to find employment within the following areas: 

  • Community welfare 
  • Human services 
  • Government department 
  • Disability services  
  • Education and training 
  • Non-government organisations 
  • Police 
  • Corrective and Youth Justice Services 
  • Crime prevention 
  • Victim support services 

Our Bachelor of Social Science graduates are highly sought after upon graduation with a broad range of employment opportunities available. You could expect to find employment working in an organisation as a:  

  • Disability Officer 
  • Case Worker  
  • Client Support Officer 
  • Client Advocacy Officer 
  • Counsellor  
  • Behaviour Support Practitioner  
  • Correctional Services Officer
  • Criminologist 
  • Community Worker 
  • Social Worker 
  • Youth Justice Worker 
  • Charity Officer 
  • Community Education Officer 
  • Human Resources Officer 
  • Sociologist  

And many more.  

According to the annual Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Australian Government Department of Education, employer satisfaction with Bond graduates has been rated highest in Australia for three years in a row.  

We believe this is due to Bond’s uniquely personalised approach to teaching, combined with the application of case-based learning that encourages the development of increased analytical reasoning, critical thinking and a range of broader employability skills.   

The clear focus on practical skills and the extensive workplace experience opportunities on and off campus, combined with Bond’s employability initiatives such as the Career Development Centre, means that you will enter the workforce with the skills, experience and confidence to stand out.  


About the major areas

*Please note that 193 was the last intake of the Behaviour Management major

There is an increasing demand in the mental health and education fields for professionals who specialise in evidence-based methods for assessing, understanding and remediating the behavioural and other difficulties of individuals who, through a pre-existing disorder, are challenged by the regular demands of day-to-day life.

Bond’s Behaviour Management discipline is designed in consultation with education and health care experts who have identified the need for a new approach to working with the full range of challenging behaviours that limit an individual’s capacity to learn the skills for a successful life.

Our program provides evidence-based frameworks which teach graduates the practical competencies for analysing severe behavioural difficulties and developing techniques for lasting change in the functioning of children, adolescents and adults. Working in Bond’s trademark small classes, students benefit from the extensive knowledge of our staff and the blending of academic theory, research findings and face-to-face practice.

Students in Behaviour Management are taught functional assessment models that apply to a range of client groups and disabilities. They learn methods for determining the causes of difficult behaviour as well as frameworks for developing needs-based interventions to assist individuals to work towards positive behaviour change.

Career areas

  • Case Management
  • Clinical Behaviour Management
  • Community Services
  • Education (after completion of a teaching qualification at an institution other than Bond)
  • Government Departments
  • Mental Health
  • Welfare
  • Human Resources

There is an increasing demand in the mental health and education fields for professionals who specialise in evidence-based methods for assessing, understanding and remediating the behavioural and other difficulties of individuals who, through a pre-existing disorder, are challenged by the regular demands of day-to-day life.

Students are taught evidence-based methods for building rapport with their clients and understanding the factors which cause those clients concern in their day-to-day lives. They are also taught a range of therapy strategies to guide future clients towards achieving their life goals and addressing the issues which cause them distress and/or impairments in everyday functioning.

Career areas

Depending on the courses and pathway chosen, graduates could expect to find employment in areas such as:

  • Case Management
  • Counselling
  • Community Services
  • Education
  • Government Departments
  • Mental Health
  • Welfare
  • Human Resources

Criminology is the scientific study of offences, offenders and victims of crime, drawing upon disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, sociology, political science and law. While largely an applied social science with an emphasis on practical application, criminology is underpinned by a strong theoretical base and body of scientific research. Criminology involves the study of crime patterns but also analysis of the operations of the criminal justice system - its policies, programs, police, courts and prisons.

Criminology at Bond strives to produce individuals who can think logically, conduct robust research, communicate effectively and thoroughly analyse criminal cases. These attributes are cultivated through specifically designed subjects, expert staff and Bond’s world class facilities, creating an engaging and effective learning environment.

Bond Criminology staff actively organise events that enhance the learning experience of students, such as annual seminars. These seminars explore themes such as criminal profiling, case reconstruction and victimology. The seminars are presented by experts in their field and provide a mix of practical and theoretical knowledge, applied to real cases. These seminars attract students and professionals from around the country, providing excellent networking opportunities for our students.

Career areas

Depending on the courses and pathway chosen, graduates may find employment in areas such as:

  • Corrective services
  • Policy advice
  • Crime research
  • Law enforcement
  • Investigation
  • Private security consultancy
  • Crime prevention program coordination
  • Support of prisoners, victims and offenders
  • Advocacy

Psychology is an exciting and diverse field of study dedicated to understanding, describing, predicting and controlling the causes of behaviour and thought. This program provides a scientific grounding in the study of normal psychological processes such as perception, memory, learning, motivation, psychobiology, personality, emotion, developmental psychology and social relationships, as well as in abnormal psychology.

Our psychology staff are known for their expertise and enthusiasm for education and training, and our small class sizes and interactive teaching methods enable students to optimise their learning because they receive a high level of personal tuition and support. Our psychology academics are also recognised nationally and internationally for research. Our research activities cover a range of areas including clinical forensic and organisational psychology, personality, addiction, social psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, learning and human cognition.

The Bachelor of Social Science major in psychology is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited program.

Career outcomes

The field of psychology is an applied discipline that underpins many occupations and vocational areas. This degree qualifies students for employment in professional areas such as counselling and various functions associated with human resources. It serves as building block for future studies where you are able to pursue careers in the professional practice of psychology including clinical, organisational or forensic psychology, counselling, health and community psychology, and other areas.

Dependent upon the exit point and the specialist area of study, graduates are employed as psychotherapists or counsellors, advisers to organisations, industry and governments on personnel matters, they engage in advertising and marketing activities, they advise the Courts on forensic and criminal matters, they administer personality and ability test, and they can engage in teaching and research.

Psychology students on the frontline of the pandemic

Bond’s postgraduate psychology students are at the coalface of the COVID-19 pandemic, working in the Bond Psychology Clinic to provide much-needed services for people who are struggling.

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