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Bachelor of

Applied Social Science (Counselling)

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Start date
7th Jan, 25th Feb
2-4 years
Online & campus
24 units


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Change the face of peoples lives with this accredited counselling Bachelor qualification. The Bachelor of Applied Social Science delivers all the knowledge and capabilities required of a professional and practising counsellor to effectively and efficiently provide counselling services to those in need in the community.

Delivered by: This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.
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I am finding my course really good. I like the self-paced learning format, and because I’ve been in the sector for a long time it’s good to re-learn some things as well.
Student Q&A: Kate Johnson
, Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)
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The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) is a comprehensive higher-ed counselling qualification that covers varying areas of assistance including community counselling, women's health, coping with anxiety and dealing with depression. Through 24 units of competency, industry placement and face-to-face supervised clinical work, successful graduates will be well equipped and placed to pursue a life changing career in counselling.  

This course is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and therefore meets this peak body’s training standards. Upon graduation, you may apply for membership of a PACFA member association – earning you professional recognition at a national level.

The units cover such knowledge and training as: applying specific counselling modalities and interventions to meet the needs of clients, explaining mental health and the impact of mental ill health on individuals and families and applying constructive methods to the facilitation of change.

  • Course structure

    This course is delivered over a duration of 3-6 years. You can choose from full-time or part-time delivery modes, putting you in total control of your completion date. The Jansen Newman Institute campus is located in Sydney. For online study, each subject runs for 12 weeks and your study time commitment is approx. 10hrs (per subject) per week.

    Workshops for Online Students

    If you study online, you are required to attend compulsory practical workshops in either Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. These give you the chance to meet lecturers and fellow students, and gain the experience and confidence needed to work effectively after graduation.

    In addition, online students are required to attend the following residential programs:

    • COU101A Interpersonal communication (two days)
    • COU104A Applied Counselling 1 – 2 days
    • COU203A Applied Counselling 2 – 3 days
    • COU204A Applied Counselling 3 – 5 days

    The COU101A residential is held simultaneously every trimester in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne; COU104A and COU203A are held every trimester in Sydney, and at least once a year in Brisbane and Melbourne; COU204A is held at least one a year in Sydney Brisbane and Melbourne.

  • Entry requirements

    Applicants should have completed Senior High School Certificate (Year 12) or equivalent or Mature age entry with relevant work experience with an ATAR 60 or equivalent. Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:

    • work experience, and/or other formal, informal or non-formal study attempted and/or completed
  • Inclusions

    Unlike distance education or correspondence courses, the facilitated online cohort-based study model allows you to interact and network with other students, using a range of communication and collaboration tools such as discussion forums, message boards, blogs and wiki’s (editable web pages) and RSS feeds, to ensure you never feel isolated in your independent learning. Courses feature:

    • Flexible learning: online or on-campus 
    • Dedicated online lecturer who guides the learning process and provides academic support 
    • Industry placement so you graduate with experience
    • Study materials are provided prior to course commencement 
    • Access to a fully customised, state-of-the-art learning portal
    • Access to one of the largest online libraries in Australia, with over 70 million articles available
    • Access to Upskilled's Student Rewards Program
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
    Work experience or formal qualifications you have may count towards your course. If you have previously undertaken study at a recognised institution or have some relevant work experience, you might gain credit towards specific units in a course; shortening the time you have to study. You can send your application for Credit Transfer or RPL during the enrolment process.
  • Industry Placement
    The course work includes both clinical work and fieldwork placement, ensuring that you graduate with valuable experience and industry contacts. Students undertake over 400 hours of practical work placement over the course of their degree, which means you graduate with not only a qualification but also invaluable professional experience - equipping you to be work ready. A field and clinic placement manager is available to assist you in securing placements.  If you leave outside Sydney, you can undertake your clinical training in your local area, subject to approval.


This qualification could give you several career and/or further study outcomes. After completing this course, you could explore some of the following outcomes.


The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) consists of three levels of subjects, each with core units of competency and electives are chosen by students to complete each level. The course consists of 22 core units of competency and 2 elective units, making a total of 24 units of competency needed to complete the course.


Level 100 Subjects

Unit Code
Unit Name
COU101A Interpersonal Communication 
COU102A Theories of Counselling
COU103A Human Development Across the Lifespan
COU104A Applied Counselling 1
SOC102A Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis
SOC103A Developing Social Policy
WEL101A Introduction to Community Services
WEL102A Health and Wellbeing

Level 200 Subjects

Unit Code
Unit Name
COU201A Relationship Counselling 
COU202A Mental Health and the Community
COU203A Applied Counselling 2
COU204A Applied Counselling 3
FLD201A Fieldwork 1
SOC201A Mediation and Conflict Management
SOC202A Introduction to Social Research Methods
WEL202A Ethics and Professional Practice

Level 300 Subjects

Unit Code
Unit Name
COU301A Working with Addicted Populations
COU302A Counselling for Grief and Loss
COU303A Evaluating Approaches to Counselling
FLD302A Fieldwork 2 for Counselling
SOC301A Qualitative Research Methods

Community Development

You will also be required to choose 2 level 300 Electives.  Contact us today or open live chat to talk to an education adviser to find out about the elective units in detail. 

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  • Trainer
    Kim Porter
    Kim Porter has worked in a variety of positions within the community service sector over the last 15 years. Her experience began in the prison sector, then transitioned to the alcohol and other drugs sector. She then worked in family services, early intervention, out of home care.

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