BESC2921 Career Counselling and Assessment

Bachelor Course Unit


Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) - 200 or 300

Bachelor of Applied Social Science - 200

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science - 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills COUN1011

Mode of Study: On Campus and Blended Delivery

Unit Description

The purpose of this unit is to provide students with an in depth understanding of the theories underpinning career counselling and assessment, and the social and organisational contexts for the practice of contemporary career counselling. The range of influences on career choice and decision making, including individual, family, social, cultural and spiritual, will be critically analysed in this unit. Students will apply career assessment and planning tools in practice to facilitate goal setting and planning,  and evaluate their effectiveness. The use of technology in the twenty-first century to facilitate the practice of career counselling and assessment and improve client access to career planning will also be explored.  

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Analyse the social and organisational context of contemporary career counselling;
  • Describe and apply the major theoretical perspectives and interventions in career counselling;
  • Critically analyse individual, social, cultural and spiritual influences on career choice and decision making;
  • Evaluate career counselling assessment instruments;
  • Describe and apply the use of technology in career counselling and assessment;
  • Demonstrate an in depth understanding of theories underpinning career counselling and assessment and how they apply in the coaching context.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

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