Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling

Help steer people towards a more positive path

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling


National CRICOS Course Code

BPsySciCou - 0101844 (New Enrolments)
BPsychSciCoun - 097106K (Currently in Teach-Out)

Course length

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



Study modes

On-campus in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide 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.

For international students, this course is only available in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane.

Intake & start dates
Mon 3 Feb 2020 (Closed)
Mon 25 May 2020
Mon 14 Sep 2020

About this course

The insight to create connection

Understand human connection.  Lead a successful career in applied psychology with counselling.

You care about the wellbeing of those around you, and want to make a positive contribution to people’s lives. One in four Australians will meet the criteria for mental illness in a 12 month period, making this career path extremely important to the community (National Survey of Mental Health).

Our Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling gives you deep insight into why we think and act the way we do, what impact society has on our actions, and how to empower people to act differently.


This specialised double major gives you the skills to successfully explore a career in applied psychology. It’s the first three years of six years training required if you want to work as a registered psychologist.

The counselling major also complements your knowledge of psychology, and will be of huge benefit if you want to work in a dedicated counselling role. You will be required to complete compulsory practical placement as part of your counselling units.

This course is accredited without conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in Sydney and Melbourne. This course is accredited with conditions in Brisbane.



What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling

Explore with an applied focus:

  • Research methods in psychology
  • Learning and memory
  • Perception and cognition
  • Lifespan development
  • Social psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychological assessment
  • Intercultural diversity and Indigenous psychology
  • Professional issues and applications in psychology
  • Counselling skills, theories and models
  • Mental health
  • Ethical frameworks and decision-making
  • Group counselling process
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • 2 units of practical placements

See the complete course guide here.

See the course guide for the old version under teach-out here

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.

Before you start studying at ACAP, check out the services and support available to students. 

Feel free to get in touch with us

1800 039 139

Admission Criteria

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)

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