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Bachelor of Counselling

Bachelor of Counselling

Understand human connections. Lead a successful career in counselling
3 Years Full Time
CRICOS Code: 0101646
Australian Qualification Framework: 7
Available at
ACAP Sydney, ACAP Brisbane, ACAP Melbourne, ACAP Perth, ACAP Byron Bay (First Year only)
Study modes
Industry work placement
200 hours’ experience in a professional placement, with 40 hours of counselling client contact
Entry requirements
Fee help available
Start dates

Be intrigued by the human mind


The Bachelor of Counselling provides students with a comprehensive and flexible approach to theoretical, experiential, and skills-based learning. Students will learn strategies to successfully explore a career in contemporary counselling, including how to support individuals, couples, families, or groups, considering the cultural and social-political context in which they live and how this may affect them. The course is delivered in small group environments on-campus, online and by blended delivery (nine counselling units) by well-qualified and experienced academic teachers using quality curriculum.

Included in this course is 90 hours of volunteering throughout the course duration, and 50 hours of a service learning project in a community group as part of a core unit. It also includes 200 hours’ experience in a professional placement, with 40 hours of counselling client contact giving you the hands-on experience ACAP is known for. This placement is linked with two clinical supervision units over two consecutive trimesters.

This course is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). The minor in Coaching is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

This course has been accredited by the Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) under its self-accrediting authority.

*This course is not available to international students on campus in Perth.


What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Bachelor of Counselling.


Professional Reflection and Self-Care
Mental Health and Wellness
Trauma Informed Counselling Practices
Counselling Skills Training
Counselling Theory
Grief and Loss Counselling
Lifespan Development
Counselling and Neuroscience
Family and Relationship Counselling
Counselling Children and Youth

Course structure

Additional majors

This course is made up of 24 units

Pathways for future study

Graduates are employment-ready reflective practitioners who are capable of making significant contributions as counsellors to the community and in the workplace. Students who progress their studies after successful completion of this course go on to study our Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

Our stories

Shaping the next generation of counsellors

ACAP supported me and understood my fears so I was able to prove to myself I can study again as an adult. Each teacher brings a wealth of experience and passion in creating the next generation of professional counsellors.

Bachelor of Counselling

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