Admissions Criteria

ACAP entry requirements vary depending on which course you are applying for. An overview of entry requirements for domestic students is given in the table below. For further information on each course, click the course name in the table below or contact our Course Advisors on 1800 061 199 for more information.

Note: Not all courses are available to International Students on all campuses. Further information regarding international student application requirements can be found here.

Courses

Admission Criteria

Case Management 
CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) *   Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent); OR
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); OR
  • Completion of the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) at exit level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both literacy and numeracy.
All students will also need to apply for National Criminal Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to taking on placement.   See ACAP’s VET Entry Procedure information for criteria for accessing VET Student Loans.  
Coaching 
Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Be aged 21 years or over at the date of entry, OR
  • Minimum ATAR 70 or equivalent, OR
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, OR
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).  
Counselling 
Diploma of Counselling Skills   Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Be aged 21 years or over at the date of entry, OR
  • Minimum ATAR 60 or above, OR
  • Completion of an accredited (AQF recognised qualification) Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, OR
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree
 
Bachelor of Counselling Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Be aged 21 years or over at the date of entry, OR
  • Minimum ATAR 70 or equivalent, OR
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, OR
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).  
Graduate Diploma of Counselling Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in any field from an accredited Higher Education Provider, OR
  • Completion of a Higher Education Advanced Diploma and relevant work experience, OR
  • Completion of an Associate Degree in a similar field of study and relevant work experience
AND International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).  
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy                                       Meet the following criteria:
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in a cognate field of study (counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, pastoral care, social welfare, natural therapies, mental health or palliative care nursing, medicine, occupational therapy),
AND  
Psychology
Bachelor of Psychological Science Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Minimum ATAR 65 (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 study of this type and level.
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).  
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Meet both of the following criteria:
  • Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three year psychology sequence within the last 10 years, AND
  • Achieved a credit average in second and third year units, including a credit in the majority of psychology units.
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).  
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science Meet both of the following criteria:
  • Completion of a Bachelor Degree or higher in any discipline, AND
  • Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited first year Psychology sequence within the last ten years. These units are available for completion at ACAP, please contact us for info on this.
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).  
Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Meet both the following criteria:
  • Qualifications equivalent to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited four-year undergraduate sequence within the last 10 years (qualifications must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for equivalence and evidence of assessment provided), AND
  • Be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist (which requires you to meet all the requirements for registration).
International students: Academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no test score less than 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and no sub-score less than 6.5 completed in the last two years in a test setting as specified in the standards.  
Master of Psychology (Clinical) Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Successful completion of a four year sequence in psychology accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council within the last 10 years, with a minimum grade of second class Honours (2A) AND be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist (which requires you to meet all the requirements for registration), OR
  • Currently registered as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and meet the Board's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.
International students: Academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no test score less than 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and no sub-score less than 6.5 completed in the last two years in a test setting as specified in the standards.  
Social Science
Associate Degree of Applied Social Science Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Be aged 21 years or over, OR
  • Minimum ATAR 65 (or equivalent), OR
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, OR
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).  
Bachelor of Applied Social Science Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Be aged 21 years or over, OR
  • Minimum ATAR 65 (or equivalent), OR
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, OR
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).  
Social Work 
Bachelor of Social Work Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Be aged 21 years or over and provide a written statement (up to 500 words) outlining your interest in studying social work/human service work, OR
  • Minimum ATAR of 60 (or equivalent), OR
  • Completion of a Diploma, Advanced Diploma, OR
  • Completion of an Associate Degree from a registered Australian vocational education and training provider or higher education provider (or equivalent), OR
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor Degree from a registered Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).  
Master of Social Work Meet one of the following criteria:
  • A Bachelor Degree in Social Work (AQF 7) and at least one year of practice experience, OR
  • An equivalent Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and at least one year of practice experience.
 
Master of Social Work (Qualifying) Meet one of the following criteria:
  • A Bachelor degree in a cognate area (for example social sciences, psychology, community and welfare work, nursing, allied health, counselling), OR
  • A Bachelor degree with evidence of at least one year of full-time study in social sciences, or equivalent.
AND
  • A written statement outlining your interest in studying social work (500 words).
 
Youth Work
CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work Meet one of the following requirements:
  • Completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent); OR
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education(or equivalent); OR
  • Completion of the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) at exit level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both literacy and numeracy.
All students will also need to apply for National Criminal Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to taking on placement.   See ACAP’s VET Entry Procedure information for criteria for accessing VET Student Loans.  

Applicants with higher education study

Students may be eligible to have their past studies and/or work experience count as credit towards their ACAP qualification. Credit is also known as Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning. This means that the student applying for credit could be exempt from some of the units listed in the relevant course sequence guide and be able to complete their qualification in a shorter period of time. Please note that for some courses, applicants must be an enrolled student with ACAP before they can apply for Credit. Credit may be granted through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. For more information click here.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Students may be eligible to have their past studies and/or work experience count as RPL or Credit Transfer towards the achievement of units of competency in ACAP courses. This means that students could be exempt from some of the units of competency and/or subjects listed in their course sequence guide and be able to complete their qualification in a shorter period of time. Please note that for some courses, applicants must be an enrolled student with ACAP before they can apply for RPL or Credit. For more information click here.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Australian Year 12 students

Students must complete their HSC (or equivalent) with a minimum ATAR level depending of the courses they applied. For students completing their Year 12 in Queensland, use this table to as a guide to how 2017 ATARs and OPs will equate. For more information on the entry requirements for the courses available at ACAP, click here.

ATAR-related adjustments

Through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), if eligible, an applicant can receive a maximum of 5 bonus points from EAS (Educational Access Scheme) and 5 from their school, so the maximum possible of system derived bonus for any eligible applicants will not be more than 10 bonus points.

Applicants with work and life experience

Students who are over the age of 21 can apply as a mature age student for our undergraduate courses, replacing any required academic experience with life experience. This could be your work or volunteer experience in the field, or your personal interaction with the mental health field, or a summary of the reason behind your motivation and decision to branch into a particular field of study.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

For guidance on how to apply and the documentation you will be asked to supply to finalise your application, please click here and then click on the link for the course you are interested in applying for.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

We can accept overseas qualifications completed in English or translated into English.

English language proficiency

Students are required to provide current evidence of their English language proficiency for admission to ACAP. International students can provide their results from one of these three options:

Minimum English language requirements may differ between courses at the same study level. See the table above for information on the minimum English requirements required for your preferred course.

HOW TO APPLY

Domestic Students

For guidance on how to apply and the documentation you will be asked to supply to finalise your application, please click here and then click on the link for the course you are interested in applying for.

International Students

For guidance on how to apply and the documentation you will be asked to supply to finalise your application, please click here.

ENROLMENT

Important information on enrolment including requirements, important dates, variations, deferral and withdrawal, is available here.

STUDENT PROFILE

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

Application Background 

Semester one / Full year intake [year] 

[i.e. the most relevant recent intake period]

Number of students

Percentage of all students

(A) Past higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course)  165  12.80%
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study n %  264  20.48%
(C) Recent secondary education:    
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (Regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
 43  3.34%
  •  Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra text, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
 0  0.00%
  •  Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
 0.00%
(D) Work and life experience (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other  than the above  796  61.75%
International students  21  1.63%
All students 1289 100.00%

WHERE TO GET FURTHER INFORMATION