Why Choose ACAP?

If you want to change lives, it’s time to change yours

The Australian College of Applied Psychology has been delivering specialist courses in applied psychology since 1983 and is a leader in the field. We cover a broad range of courses including counselling, psychology, case management, coaching, social science, social work and youth work.

Our higher education Counselling degrees are accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and our Psychology degrees are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). ACAP’s Social Work courses have been provisionally accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the body that sets the benchmarks for professional education and practice in social work.

Why choose ACAP?

Make a Difference

Whether you want to build more effective communication or get the qualifications you need to practise as a counsellor or coach, we will ensure you are ready to make a difference from the moment you graduate.

We offer a range of qualifications from diplomas to masters, or start with a single module and see where it takes you.

Kick start your career

In some of our courses we offer the chance to practise what you have learnt with our Student Placements, which are unpaid work placements in organisations related to your study. These placements allow you to practise your skills in a work environment, meet professionals working in the industry and build valuable experience to add to your resume – before you graduate.

What can I study?

At the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), we specialise in the areas of:

  • counselling
  • case management
  • coaching
  • social science
  • social work
  • youth work, and
  • psychology

Not all courses are available to international students.

Smaller classes and interactive learning

ACAP’s classes emphasise the interaction of staff and students and the exchange of ideas and experience.

Our smaller classes, group discussions, simulations and role-play activities allow you to really get to know your fellow students and teaching staff. Some disciplines include lectures.

Based on experiential learning, our unique combination of theory and practical work – including student placements – provides an opportunity to excel in your chosen field.

Flexible Study Options

At ACAP, we help you fit our study around your other commitments. You can study where and when it suits you.

If you are a domestic student, you can choose from four campus locations; in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide (VET courses only), study at home or at work by online or blended delivery.

If you are an International Student studying in Australia on a student visa, you can choose to study in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane or study at home or at work by online delivery. You are able to undertake a maximum of 25% of your total course by online delivery and must be enrolled full-time in at least one on-campus unit in each standard study trimester.

You can start your course at any of our three trimester start dates in February, June or September.

Practise your skills while you study and graduate work ready

The Diploma of Youth Work CHC50413, Bachelor of Applied Social Science, Bachelor of Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching), Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) include student placements, which are unpaid work placements in organisations related to your study. Placements allow you to practise your skills in a work environment, meet professionals working in the industry and build valuable experience and referees to add to your resume before you graduate.

Therefore, you graduate with the skills and experience needed to help start your career.

Diploma to Degree Pathways

We offer you the option to continue your studies from a VET Diploma to a Bachelor, and gain credit from your past studies at ACAP.

If you have completed the Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) CHC52015 or the Diploma of Counselling CHC51015 at ACAP, you could be eligible for entry into any of ACAP's higher education courses - the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching), Bachelor of Social Work and the Bachelor of Applied Social Science.

If you have successfully completed ACAP’s Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) CHC52015 or Diploma of Counselling CHC51015 you are eligible for credit of 8 units in the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) and the Bachelor of Applied Social Science and up to 6 units in the Bachelor of Social Work.

A Supportive Learning Environment

From the day you enquire, we assist and support you. An advisor will help put your study program together, and once you start studying we offer additional academic, personal and Student Placement support.

Note: Diploma pathways are only available to domestic students.