Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching)

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching)

The Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) provides a comprehensive overview of counselling and coaching frameworks and skills, and the capacity to apply this knowledge and skills in professional settings with individuals, groups, work-teams and organisations.

It is ideal if you are interested in pursuing a career in the emerging fields of life coaching, executive coaching, and personal or performance coaching (sport, health, drama, and management). 

The Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) degree includes 200 hours in a placement agency (including 40 hours client contact and six hours of coaching sessions).

The course has been approved by the Australian Government (TEQSA) and has been professionally accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Admission Criteria

Meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be aged 21 years or over, or
  • Minimum ATAR 70 or equivalent
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree

Please note that if you don’t meet the above criteria, you are welcome to apply for the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management). You will receive credit on successful completion of the Diploma to enter an ACAP Bachelor course.

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).


ACAP’s Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) is available on-campus in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, or by a combination of online and blended delivery.

Course Duration and Start Dates

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

Trimester 1: Monday 5 February 2018
Trimester 2: Monday 28 May 2018
Trimester 3: Monday 17 September 2018

What will I learn?

Areas of study include:

  • coaching theory and practice
  • coaching applications
  • psychology of health and wellness
  • counselling skills
  • conflict management
  • positive psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • life coaching
  • human resources management (elective)
  • psychology of peak performance (elective)
  • advanced positive psychology (elective)

This course also includes a student placement (totalling 250 hours).

For more information, see the course guide

Study Modes

ACAP’s Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) is available on-campus in Sydney, Brisbane and 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. Online study includes two hours of online learning activities and interaction with your teacher and fellow students per week.

Blended delivery
Blended delivery combines on-campus and online delivery with both face-to-face and online learning. To find out which units are offered online, please refer to our course sequence for more information.


FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching). 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

For international student fees, click here.


This course includes 200 hours in a placement agency (comprising 40 hours of client counselling contact). The placements are conducted 1-2 days per week over two trimesters.

Course Structure

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

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) will be well equipped to provide counselling services relating to bereavement and loss; alcohol and other drugs abuse; mental health; family and relationships; and general counselling. As qualified coaches, they will also be equipped to provide health coaching, life coaching, training and development facilitators for work-teams and organisations, and supervisors. 

Did you know?

  • In Australia, 64% of business leaders and 72% of senior managers report using coaches (Leadership Management Australia, 2006). Of these respondents, 71% stated that having a coach was an important factor in their decision to stay with their organisations.
  • ACAP is one of a select few providers offering a Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching)