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

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

Meet one of the following requirements:

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
  • Be aged 21 years or older

and
Complete an undergraduate screening questionnaire to demonstrate the relational qualities of the applicant.

English Language Requirements:
IELTS 7.0 overall (or equivalent).

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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

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.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

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

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.

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.

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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.

Testimonials

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