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Bachelor of Counselling

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. There is an option to complete a minor in Coaching where you’ll learn how support individuals with goal setting across a variety of settings and areas.

 

The course includes 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 degree 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).

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:

  • 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

See the complete course guide here.

Course Structure

24 units

For more information see the full course guide

Course Guide

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.

Admission Criteria

Domestic student
Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Participate in a screening interview (typically by phone though online can be arranged if required); and
  • Be 21 years or above at the date of commencement; or
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); or
  • Completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent); or
  • Admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent)

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
Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Participate in a screening interview (typically by phone though online can be arranged if required); and
  • Be 18 years or above at the date of commencement; or
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); or
  • Completion of a Diploma or above (or equivalent); or
  • Admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent)

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 ACAP as equivalent to Australian qualifications.

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

Apply or find out more

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.

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