Bachelor of Counselling

Quick course guide

National CRICOS Course Code:

057962A

Course Length:

3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

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

The 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

If you are aged 21 years or over:

If you are aged 21 years or over:

If you are under 21, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Minimum ATAR 70 or equivalent
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree

and

Please note that if you don’t meet the above criteria, you are welcome to apply for the CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling or CHC52008 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management). You will receive credit on successful completion of the Diploma to enter an ACAP Bachelor course.

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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

3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

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

For more information, see the course guide

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Study Modes

Students can choose to study on-campus in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, or by a combination of online and blended delivery.

Students can choose to study on-campus in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, or by a combination of online and blended delivery.

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.To find out which units are available online or by blended delivery, please refer to our course sequence for more information.

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Fees

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Counselling. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course. 

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Counselling. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course. 

Click here for additional information regarding fees. For assistance from our course advisors call 1800 061 199 or email info.acap@navitas.com.

For domestic students studying the Bachelor of Counselling, the cost per standard unit is AU$1,920 (x24 units).

For international student fees, click here.

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Placements

This course includes 250 hours in a placement agency (comprising 46 hours of client counselling contact). The placements
are conducted 1.5 days per week over two trimesters.

Course Structure

For more information, see our Bachelor of Counselling course guide.

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