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.
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
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.
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.
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
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is available for each unit of competency based on relevant workplace experience, formal training, or other expertise. To apply for RPL, please submit documentation for evaluation by assessors. More information can be found here for course credit and here for RPL.