Bachelor of Counselling

Quick course guide

National CRICOS Course Code:

057962A

Course Length:

Three years full-time

Study Modes:

On-campus in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney or by a combination of online and blended delivery.

Units:

24, including 250 hours of student placement

ResizedImage216216 Pacfa accredited logo rgb WEBThe Bachelor of Counselling provides a comprehensive overview of counselling frameworks and skills, ethical practice and cultural diversity. The course provides entry level counselling training with a strong focus on contemporary counselling, psychotherapy and psychology theory, research and practice. 

The Bachelor of Counselling degree includes a professional placement totalling 250 hours, which includes 46 hours of counselling client contact. 

This degree is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), the peak body for counselling and psychotherapy in Australia, and gives you the practical skills and theoretical foundation you need to work as a counsellor.

Entry Criteria/Prerequisites

  • Minimum ATAR 70 or equivalent, or
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, or
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree, AND
  • Complete an undergraduate screening questionnaire to demonstrate the relational qualities of the applicant.
  • Minimum ATAR 70 or equivalent, or
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, or
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree, AND
  • Complete an undergraduate screening questionnaire to demonstrate the relational qualities of the applicant.

OR

  • Be aged 21 years or over, and
  • Complete an undergraduate screening questionnaire to demonstrate the relational qualities of the applicant. 
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Campuses

ACAP’s Bachelor of Counselling is available on-campus in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, or by a combination of online and blended delivery.

Course Duration and Start Dates

Three years full-time
or
Part-time equivalent

Three years full-time
or
Part-time equivalent

2014
Trimester 3 – Monday 15 September, 2014 

2015
Trimester 1 - Monday 16 February, 2015
Trimester 2 - Monday 1 June, 2015
Trimester 3 - Monday 21 September, 2015

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What will I learn?

Areas of study include:

Areas of study include:

  • counselling skills and theories
  • conflict resolution 
  • counselling in loss
  • psychology of health and wellness
  • positive psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • alcohol and other drugs counselling
  • cultural diversity in counselling
  • mental health policy and practice
  • social, legal and ethical issues surrounding counselling

This course also includes a student placement (totalling 250 hours).

For more information, see Course Structure below. 

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Study Modes

On-campus study in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

On-campus study in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

Online delivery
With online delivery you can study anywhere, anytime. All classes have an online class space containing course materials, discussion forums and announcements, student profiles and assessment drop boxes and are accessible to the class group and the teacher.

Blended delivery
Blended delivery consists of a combination of face-to-face and online learning.

Mixed mode
Studying in mixed mode allows you to combine, for example, on-campus study and online delivery to create a study mode that fits your lifestyle. You can select different modes of study for different units in a given term and you can change the mode of study you select when you enrol each term.

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Fees

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students for the Bachelor of Counselling. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you are eligible to receive FEE-HELP. If you are eligible and would like to pay your fees through FEE-HELP, please complete our online FEE-HELP form or request one by calling 1800 061 199.

Course Structure

Year 1 

Year 1 

Trimester 1

  • Preparation for Academic Study
  • Counselling Skills
  • Conflict Resolution

Trimester 2

  • Positive Psychology
  • Counselling Theories 1
  • Developmental Psychology

Trimester 3

  • Psychology of Health and Wellness
  • Counselling Elective 1

 

For information about Years 2-3 of the Bachelor of Counselling, see our course guide.

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Testimonials

Sinead Newman

“The location and the practical learning model are what made me choose ACAP.

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Rita Madik

“I feel I can be more focused on where I want to go by studying at ACAP and I will be prepared for the workplace when I graduate...Read more