BESC3021 Professional Practice

Bachelor Course Unit

BESC3021 Professional Practice

Level: 3rd year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: Developing Professional Practice, Counselling Skills 2 and Student Placement

Unit description

This unit aims to prepare the student for their second placement (250 hours) which is conducted under the supervision of a specific fieldwork organisation. Through participation in this unit, the student is provided with opportunities to integrate and consolidate personal and professional skills and knowledge acquired throughout the course including their first fieldwork placement (undertaken as part of the unit “Developing Professional Practice”). The student is guided in their exploration and reflection on professional practice in a range of workplace settings and circumstances. Their developing skill set, their knowledge and their attributes (innate and acquired through this course) are further refined and extended through this unit. The challenge of immersion within a professional context and the responsibilities and accountabilities of being a professional practitioner are analysed and evaluated. The student is prepared for their second placement through the study of a series of practice-oriented topics that will not only assist in their second placement (learning contracts, research into professional or peak body associations) but contribute to their overall professional identity.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • explore and reflect on professional practice in a range of contexts
  • apply the theories and methods of social science to professional practice issues in a range of contexts and circumstances
  • discuss the role of supervision and other support resources to professional practice
  • discuss the ethical and legal challenges of being a professional
  • identify the attributes of a professional practitioner
  • demonstrate the integration of knowledge and skills acquired throughout the duration of the course
  • describe the resources and mechanisms to enhance lifelong learning and professional development including networking

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Academic misconduct

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.