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Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling

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.

The course includes 140 hours of volunteering throughout the course duration. 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 specialised course gives you the skills to successfully explore a career in counselling and applied psychology. You are required to complete placement as part of your studies. Upon successful graduation you can practice as a professional counsellor. 

It’s also the first three of six years training required if you want to work as a registered psychologist.

This course is accredited nationally with the Psychotherapy and Counselling federation of Australia (PACFA). This course is accredited without conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

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:

  • Foundational psychological processes
  • Lifespan development
  • Psychological assessment
  • Social and community psychology 
  • Professional issues and applications in psychology
  • Counselling skills and theories
  • Professional reflection and self care
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Mental health
  • Group counselling process
  • 2 units of practical placements

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 units.

Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your degree.

 

There are no electives in this course.

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)
  • It is a condition of progression in this course that students complete a national police record check in their first trimester of enrolment.
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; and
  • 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 psychologycouncil.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.

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

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