Bachelor of Counselling
Help people become more self-aware


National CRICOS Course Code
Course length
3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Tue 5 Feb 2019
Tue 28 May 2019
Tue 17 Sep 2019

Study modes

On-campus in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth, via online delivery or via blended delivery which combines online study with compulsory on-campus workshops, or a combination of all. You will need to have access to a computer and the internet, study mode availability is subject to unit requirements and trimester enrolments.

About this course

The insight to foster self-awareness

Understand human connections. Lead a successful career in counselling.

You care about people and want to help create more positive change in this world. Our Bachelor of Counselling gives you deep insight into how we think and act and why, and ways to help others develop better self-awareness for a more positive path in life. You’ll graduate with the practical skills and 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.

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 is linked with two clinical supervision units over two consecutive trimesters.

Our degree is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.


This course is comprised of a number of core and elective units.

Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your degree.


Electives are a range of units that give you the chance to study specific topics you might be interested in. You still need to complete a set number of elective units to graduate.



Before Applying

Chat to one of our ACAP course advisors to make sure you’re picking the right course for your goals. Think about funding options, and whether full-time or part-time study suits your commitments. We’ve also got some entry requirements and practical components to complete.


Feel free to get in touch with us

1800 061 199
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, an alternate option is 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 band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by ACAP.

The accrediting body may have additional requirements, including minimum English language, to meet professional accreditation standards. For more information on meeting those requirements visit

What you'll learn

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

Explore with an applied focus:

  • Coaching Skills and Theories
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Counselling in Loss
  • Psychology of Health and Wellness
  • Positive Psychology
  • Development Psychology
  • Alcohol and other Drugs Counselling
  • Cultural Diversity in Counselling
  • Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • Social, Legal and Ethical Issues applied to Counselling

See the complete course guide here.

As a teenager, I had family members experience post-natal depression. My interest in counselling grew from wanting to understand their experience and support them.



Your Career Pathways


Gain the experience to provide professional counselling services for many fields, including mental health, alcohol and other drugs abuse, bereavement and loss, family and relationships, as well as general counselling.

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