Course details

CRICOS course code: 057962A

Level of study: Undergraduate


Understand human connections. Lead a successful career in counselling.

You care about people and want to help create more positive change in this world. Our Bachelor of Counselling gives you deep insight into how we think and act and why, and ways to help others develop better self-awareness for a more positive path in life. You’ll graduate with the practical skills and strategies to successfully explore a career in contemporary counselling. Including how to support individuals, couples, families or groups, considering the cultural and social-political context in which they live and how this may affect them.

It also includes 200 hours’ experience in a professional placement, with 40 hours of counselling client contact giving you the hands-on experience ACAP is known for. This is linked with two clinical supervision units over two consecutive trimesters.

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.

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.

Our degree is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

Explore with an applied focus:

  • Coaching Skills and Theories
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Counselling in Loss
  • Psychology of Health and Wellness
  • Positive Psychology
  • Development Psychology
  • Alcohol and other Drugs Counselling
  • Cultural Diversity in Counselling
  • Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • Social, Legal and Ethical Issues applied to Counselling

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 (seven 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.

Pathways for Future Study

Graduates of the Bachelor of Counselling and Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) are encouraged to apply for entry into the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Online option is also available for students studying at other campuses.

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Course opportunities

Start date: 03 February 2020
25 May 2020
14 September 2020
Duration: 3 years
Study mode: Full time

Brisbane Campus

East Tower, Ground Floor
410 Ann Street Brisbane Queensland 4000
Start date: 03 February 2020
25 May 2020
14 September 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: Self study / online (with attendance)

Brisbane Campus

East Tower, Ground Floor
410 Ann Street Brisbane Queensland 4000

Entry criteria

Meet one of the following criteria:

  • Participate in a screening interview (online or by phone); and
  • Be 21 years or above at the date of commencement; or
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); or
  • Completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent); or
  • Admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent)

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by ACAP.


Australian College of Applied Psychology
Sydney Campus
Level 11, 255 Elizabeth Street Sydney New South Wales 2000