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Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
Make a difference in peoples lives with an accredited course in counselling. This course will provide you with all the knowledge, skills and required competencies to become a professional and competent counsellor.

Be well equipped to pursue a life changing career in counselling by engaging in industry placement work, as well as participating in supervised clinical work.

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Nationally recognised
Duration 2-4 years
24 units
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Course Summary

2-4 years
24 units
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.
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.


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
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.

Course Detail

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

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. 

Completion Certificate

You will gain individual certificates after completing each course

Entry requirements

Start date

As a guide, entrants to this program may:

  • have completed year 10, or
  • a qualification at Certificate III level or higher, or
  • 3 years of relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

You will also need to be at least 18 years at the time of applying for admission. Approval from HOF required

Resource requirements

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing operational skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Chrome or Firefox browsers
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
Recording equipment / software required

A digital video recording device (for example a webcam or mobile phone with a camera) and simple recording apps to save and upload videos, images and audio files.

You will also need software such as Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, or Quicktime to view online videos and images.

Language requirements

This course involves reading, researching and undertaking a range of written and practical assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

Completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher;


2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Other requirements

Some assessments have Role-Play components and will require other participants to aparticipate as characters in role plays. These are designed to establish simulation and to demonstrate practical and/or oral communication skills. Students will be required to source and arrange these other participants, participants can be family, friends or workplace colleagues.

Career outcomes

This qualification could give you several career and/or further study outcomes. After completing this course, you could explore some of the following outcomes.
Early exit qualifications
If you leave this course after completing all Level 100 subjects, you may be eligible for the Diploma of Applied Social Science qualification.


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