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Applying and enrolling
You can apply for advanced standing in a course through either credit transfer for formal learning experience, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for informal and non-formal learning.
You may be required to undertake a self-assessment, prepare a portfolio of evidence including application letter, copies of transcripts/certificates along with other supporting documentation. The completed application is then assessed by ACAP. You must be an enrolled student with ACAP before you can apply for credit.
To discuss with one of our course advisers, email [email protected] or call 1800 039 139.
For most courses the date of your Bachelor completion date is not relevant to your application but there are exceptions. Psychology qualifications including Honours, Graduate Diplomas and Masters require students to have completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited 3-year psychology sequence within the last ten years.
You may be eligible to have your past studies and/or relevant work experience count as credit towards your ACAP qualification.
This credit is also known as Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and means that you could be exempt from some of the units listed in the relevant course sequence guide and be able to complete the qualification in a shorter period of time. You must be an enrolled student with ACAP before you can apply for credit.
Discuss articulation, credit transfer, and recognition of prior learning with one of our course advisers.
If you complete an ACAP Diploma you will be eligible for credit towards any ACAP Bachelor Degree. The maximum amount of credit is 8 units and will depend on which Diploma you have completed and which Bachelor Degree you would like to study.
Courses & studying
Some ACAP courses are available in ‘Blended Delivery’ mode. Blended Delivery refers to a unit/module where interaction and learning occurs through a combination of online and face-to-face contexts.
Students in blended delivery units are required to undertake activities, assessment, and self-study through the online class space as well as attend on-campus class sessions, which are programmed at relevant times throughout the trimester. Some blended delivery units may require students to attend a day workshop once per month or a class session a few times in the trimester. Dates for on-campus components are available in advance so students can plan their commitments around attendance requirements.
If you study one or more units by online delivery, you will be allocated into a class with a dedicated teacher, the same as if you were studying face-to-face. However, instead of attending a class at a set time each week, you will have access to an online class space where you will access your course materials and readings, undertake activities and interact with your teacher and fellow students. You will also submit all assessments and receive grades and feedback via this online class space.
Please note that international students studying in Australia on a student visa are able to take a maximum of 25% of their total course by online delivery and must be enrolled full-time in at least one on-campus unit in each standard study trimester.
Many students do work full time while studying. ACAP offers flexible study options for students where courses are offered on-campus, online and via blended delivery. You can undertake classes in the morning, afternoon and evening giving you the opportunity to structure study around work and family commitments.
You can discuss your work and family commitments with a course adviser at the time of enrolment as timetables vary each term. Keep in mind that international students are able to take a maximum of 25% of your total course by online delivery and must be enrolled full-time in at least one on-campus unit in each standard study trimester.
Note: international students are eligible to work 20 hours per week during compulsory study periods (as at June 2018). Go to Australian Department of Home Affairs for more information about permissible working hours.
The number of hours you spend on campus will depend on the course you’re enrolled in, the full-time or part-time study load, and/or the mode of delivery for each subject. Subjects that are undertaken on-campus need to be attended once a week for 3 hours over the duration of the term, while a full-time study load can vary from 3-4 subjects. For example, a student undertaking a Diploma of Counselling Skills or a Bachelor of Counselling full-time on-campus can expect to attend a total of 9 hours per week.
Students undertaking the Bachelor of Psychological Science full-time on-campus can expect to attend a minimum of 10 hours per week as some subjects require students to also attend a 1 hour tutorial.
Some subjects can be undertaken online and or via blended delivery. If this mode of study is undertaken the total time on-campus can be further reduced.
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Student placements are unpaid work placements in organisations related to your study. Placements allow you to practise your skills in a work environment, meet professionals working in the industry, build your professional network, gain valuable experience, and potentially meet referees to add to your resume before you graduate. These placements are arranged by students with support from ACAP and must be completed in order to graduate.
Student placements form part of the following courses:
- CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
- Bachelor of Counselling
- Bachelor of Social Work (placements for Bachelor of Social Work students are arranged by ACAP)
- Graduate Diploma of Counselling
- Master of Professional Psychology
- Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Master of Psychology (Clinical)
- Master of Social Work (Qualifying) (placements for Master of Social Work (Qualifying) students are arranged by ACAP)
Fees & funding
ACAP students can access government loans such as FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans to assist with the cost of studying. Fees must be paid prior to the start of each trimester.
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FEE-HELP is a government loan available to eligible students enrolled in one of ACAP’s Higher Education courses to help pay part or all of their tuition fees.
VET Student Loans are government loans available to eligible students enrolled in one of ACAP’s VET courses to help pay part of their tuition fees.
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ACAP offers a number of courses to international students, and is registered on the Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
You can study towards an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in counselling, psychology, social science, social work or coaching.
Click here for a complete list of ACAP courses available to international students.
This will depend on what your qualifications are and where they were completed. You can find out by contacting our International Admissions office via [email protected]
As an international student, you can study at ACAP campuses in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane although the available courses at each campus may vary. Online study is available to all ACAP students however, as an international student studying in Australia on a student visa, you are able to take a maximum of 1/3 of your total course by online delivery and must be enrolled full-time in at least one on-campus unit in each standard study trimester.
IELTS requirements vary from course to course within ACAP. No ACAP course has a minimum IELTS Academic score of less than 6, overall or in a subtest. If your results are lower than this or are out of date, we can arrange the relevant training and tests with our English language college Navitas English.
All courses delivered by ACAP that lead to a vocational education and training (VET) or higher education award issued by ACAP are recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). AQF qualifications are recognised all around Australia and by other countries.
ACAP seeks accreditation of its programs with relevant professional bodies for quality assurance purposes and to ensure our courses meet the relevant educational and training standards that allow graduates to seek recognition and to practise as a professional.
To read more about ACAP’s accreditations, click here.
ACAP offers the benefits of university with accredited qualifications but with the added benefits of small classes and a practical approach. Our unique combination of theory and practical work – including student placements – provides an opportunity to excel in your chosen field.
ACAP creates a distinctive educational experience based on hands-on experience with a strong grounding in theory. Our small classes, group discussions, simulations and role-play activities allow you to really get to know your fellow students and teaching staff in an intimate, personalised learning environment where the exchange of experience and ideas can flourish.
Our courses are designed to prepare you for the workplace with a focus on practical and experiential learning. Our academics are not just experienced teachers; they are also industry practitioners and share a commitment to practical learning.