Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling

Combined with Counselling, this specialised double major degree will be of benefit to students seeking to work in the broad area of applied psychology.

Data from the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing indicates that about one in four to five Australians will meet criteria for a mental illness in a 12 month period. This program provides the first three years of the six years of training required for registration as a psychologist.

The double major degree will also be of benefit to students seeking to work specifically in counselling roles due to the inclusion of dedicated counselling theory and practice units included in this program.

This degree also provides a pathway into graduate-entry studies in a range of fields, such as occupational therapy and rehabilitation counselling. 

The double major structure

The psychology major provides a comprehensive education in the theories and models underpinning the critical and analytical thinking, research methodology, design and analysis necessary for conducting and evaluating psychological research. The psychology major also introduces students to the applications of psychological theory.

The counselling major provides the knowledge, theoretical concepts and best practices pertinent to counselling, specifically in areas relating to theoretical approaches to therapeutic change, clinical skills, approaches to understanding mental health, counselling practice in fields of alcohol and other drug and in grief and trauma. The counselling major complements students’ knowledge of psychology and their understanding of behaviour through psychological approaches.

Placement for job-readiness

The two field placement units included in the counselling major provide substantial practical supervised counselling experience to prepare graduates for employment as a counsellor in non-profit agencies, government, schools, commercial settings, and private practice (after additional study and experience).

Admission Criteria

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • 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 score of 7.0 with no sub-score less than 7.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).


ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling is available on-campus in SydneyBrisbane or Melbourne. Blended delivery (a combination of on-campus and online study) is available in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide

Please note this course is only available to international students through the Sydney campus.

Course Duration and Start Dates

Three years, full-time (or part-time equivalent).

2018 Start Dates
Trimester 1: Monday, 5 February 2018
Trimester 2: Monday 28 May 2018
Trimester 3: Monday 17 September 2018

What will I learn?

Areas of study include:

  • Research methods in psychology
  • Theories of personality
  • 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

For more information, see the course guide

Study Modes

ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling is currently available on-campus in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, or by blended delivery in Adelaide, or by online delivery. Mixed-mode study, combining online and on-campus delivery is also available. 

Psychology units

You will be required to undertake four hours of classes per week for each module or unit. To find out which units are offered online, please contact a course adviser

Counselling units

On-campus study requires you to attend one three-hour class per week for each module or unit. Online delivery includes course materials, access to discussion forums, announcements, assessments and teacher correspondence. Mixed-mode study will require a combination of on-campus and online modes of study.  For more information, please contact a course adviser. 


FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling. If you are an Australian Citizen or hold a permanent Humanitarian Visa, you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP after you have enrolled in this course. 

Click here for additional information regarding fees. For assistance from our course advisers, call 1800 061 199 or email

For international student fees, click here.

The Psychology Study Sequence

It takes six years to become eligible for registration as a psychologist in Australia. This time may consist of:

  • Six  years of accredited study, or;
  • Five years of accredited study and one year of supervised practice, or;
  • Four years of accredited study and two years of supervised practice.

Further Study Pathways

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling, depending on your results, you may be eligible to enter fourth year ACAP psychology programs such as the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, or graduate-entry degrees in areas such as occupational therapy, rehabilitation counselling, community services, and other areas where an undergraduate degree in psychology/counselling is recognised for entry. You will also be eligible to enter Masters level study in counselling. 

Are you fascinated by human behaviour?

Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling graduates build careers in areas where knowledge of psychology and 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

ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling provides the first step on the path to training and registering as a psychologist in Australia. ACAP also provides academic pathways to registration as a professional psychologist through its Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) degrees.

A psychology degree is also valued by employers 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

Counsellors provide counselling services relating to bereavement and loss, alcohol and other drugs abuse, mental health, family and relationships, and general counselling.

Entry level jobs in Counselling:

  • Support worker
  • Youth worker
  • Telephone Counsellor
  • Welfare Worker
  • Generalist Counsellor

Career prospects in Psychology and Counselling

Unemployment is below the national average in both Psychology and Counselling in Australia.

Psychology is a large occupational field, consisting of 23,400 employed professionals. Job numbers have been increasing since 2012 and moderate growth is expected to continue to 2020. Between 10,000 and 25,000 job openings are forecasted, made up of new roles and incumbent turnover.

The number of Counselling roles in Australia has grown steadily in recent years, with very strong growth expected to 2020. Around 20,700 people are employed in the sector, mainly in Health Care, Social Assistance, Education and Training and Public Administration and Safety. Part-time work is common in Counselling, though more than half of its current workforce are in full-time positions.


Note: This course accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), with the exception of conditional accreditation at our Brisbane campus.