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Bachelor of Counselling

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The Bachelor of Counselling provides students with entry level training in the discipline of counselling. The course provides students with the opportunities to develop knowledge of a range of theoretical models of counselling, and the capacity to apply counselling skills to their practice with individuals, families and groups.

Students in the course will develop skills in a range of evidence-based counselling modalities, learn to practice within ethical frameworks and apply ethical decision making skills to their practice, demonstrate sensitivity to all forms of cultural diversity, and provide a culturally safe service to a wide range of clients.

ACAP is offering students through service learning an opportunity to build their capacity and also contribute to a community group in their local area. The unit provides a theoretical base for service learning but the emphasis is on a 50 hour placement in the community. 

This placement, which is not a supervised Counselling placement, includes:

  • Planning and undertaking a 50 hour professional service-learning project during the trimester. This 50 hours service learning project contributes to the mandatory 340 hours of experiential training for the Australian Counselling Association accreditation.
  • Contribution to and learning from diverse individuals within communities during service-learning placement.
  • Critical and professional reflection prior, during and after service-learning, identifying achievements and challenges of service learning for sustainable community development.

In order to develop the practical application of knowledge and skills in workplace contexts, students will also undertake counselling placements, which are available in a range of organisational settings.

The Bachelor of Counselling provides students with a comprehensive and flexible approach to theoretical, experiential, and skills-based learning. The course is delivered in small group environments on-campus, online and by blended delivery (nine counselling units) by well-qualified and experienced academic teachers using quality curriculum. Graduates are employment-ready reflective practitioners who are capable of making significant contributions as counsellors to the community and in the workplace.


Degree Name:

Bachelor of Counselling

Degree Code:


Level of Qualification:

Undergraduate (AQF Level 7)


Minimum: 3 years
Maximum: 8 years

Number  of Units:


Study Load:

Full-time: 8 units per annum maximum (2 - 3 units per term)
Part-time: 1 - 2 units per term


On-campus: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth OR
Blended Delivery (specific units): Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide OR

Student Placement:

Work Placement Experience, and Supervision 1
Work Placement Experience, and Supervision 2

Volunteering – students complete 90 hours of volunteering. For more information on volunteering, please click here.

Award Title:

Bachelor of Counselling