INTAKES AND START DATES
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
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.
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.
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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Meet one of the following criteria:
- Minimum ATAR 65 (or equivalent), or
- Cert IV or above, or
- Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent), or
- Be aged 21 years or over and submit a 500-word statement that satisfies the College as to your ability and aptitude to successfully undertake studies of this type and level.
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 psychologycouncil.org.au
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
- 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.
Your Career Pathways
Gain the right experience to build a career in areas where knowledge of psychology, well‑developed research and writing skills are valued, such as health and social welfare, social policy and research, market research, human services, disability and ageing, mental health services, juvenile justice, immigration and refugee support services.
Careers in Psychology
This could be the first step on the path to training and registering as a psychologist in Australia or another career where understanding human behaviour is beneficial. ACAP also provides academic pathways to registration as a professional psychologist through its Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) degrees.
A psychology degree is also valued in the marketing, sales, advertising, justice and education sectors, for its emphasis on critical and creative thinking, understanding human behaviour, communication and analytical skills.
Careers in Counselling
Your skills in counselling services include bereavement and loss, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, family and relationships, and general counselling. Entry level counselling jobs within non-profit agencies, government, schools, commercial settings, and private practice include roles such as support workers, youth workers, telephone counsellors, welfare workers and generalist counsellors.
Further Study Pathways
As a graduate of this course, depending on your results, you may be eligible to enter fourth year psychology programs such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Science, or graduate-entry degrees in areas such as Social Work, community services, Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Help people achieve their greatest potential.
Help people see the change they need
Help people become more self-aware
Help change the lives of more people.
Gain insight into interpersonal connections
Understand how behaviour affects our community
Understand how behaviour affects our community