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Bachelor of Counselling

Course code C56

Our counselling degree will start you on an enthralling journey to unravel the human mind. You’ll begin to explore the relationship between biology, psychology and our environment.

Like learning a different language, you’ll immerse yourself in this explorative experience beginning with an exploration of yourself through self-reflection; a look at where both we, and others come from, our families, countries, languages, customs and practices. You’ll learn about the development of humans – from infant development, to tumultuous adolescence, the becoming of adulthood, and culminating in the experience of older age, illness and death. The course gives you the opportunity to learn interpersonal competencies, including communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-reflection, negotiation and conflict resolution skills. The clinical knowledge, diverse expertise and experience of our academic staff will help you develop the foundational skills, to use this knowledge in the future – in your own relationships, but more importantly should you wish to pursue postgraduate studies in counselling and psychotherapy.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C56

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $12,750

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C56

CRICOS code

083640C

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $32,550

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    One or more of the majors in this course has admission requirements. Refer to the major for more information.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 12 Core units. In addition to the core units, students should complete any 12 unit major in the School of Arts and Humanities from discipline areas such as Social Science, Youth Work, Design, Psychology, Arts, Contemporary Arts and Media & Communications; or any other combination of majors, minors, or elective units from the School of Arts and Humanities or other schools where available.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU1101Dynamic Models of Counselling15
COU1201Therapeutic Practice with Families and Couples15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU1102Self Development 115
COU1212Culture and Diversity in Therapeutic Practice15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU2102Therapeutic Practice with Children and Adolescents15
COU3101Humanistic Models of Counselling15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU2101Therapeutic Practice with Older Adults15
COU3106Skills Training in Humanistic Counselling15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU3102Self Development 215
COU3201Contemporary Challenges in Therapeutic Practice15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU3105Psychodynamic Concepts into Practice15
COU3202Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

One or more of the majors in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the major for more information.

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and skills in the foundations of Counselling.
  2. Review, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate foundation psychodynamic, humanistic and systemic counselling theoretical frameworks.
  3. Exercise critical thinking and judgment to identify and solve problems as applied to understanding the dynamics and process of individual counselling and psychotherapy. (3)
  4. Communicate knowledge and ideas demonstrating interpersonal skills and essential counselling skills relevant to an entry level professional helping role.
  5. Demonstrate initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving, and decision-making appropriate to engaging professionally with others in a supportive counselling role.
  6. Integrate entry level counselling knowledge and skills into diverse contexts.
  7. Develop counselling transliteracy including an appreciation of the distinctness of the consulting room context.
  8. Work collaboratively in groups producing quality counselling knowledge.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sustainability issues and principles and their application to engaging with, maintaining and terminating a professional relationship within an entry level counselling context.
  10. Use creativity, innovation and the ability to generate ideas to work constructively in a supportive professional role.
  11. Demonstrate an awareness of counselling practice that is astute to human diversity in all its forms including issues of power differences.
  12. Demonstrate clear understanding of the importance of a developmental focus and its application to understanding individuals, couples, families and groups at a local and global level.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $12,750 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $32,550 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course prepares students for a range of entry-level human services positions which utilise counselling.

Possible future job titles

Entry-Level Counsellor, Client Liaison, Community Worker, Family Welfare Officer, Human Service Worker, Mental Health Worker, Pastoral Roles

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

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Student stories

  • Mahendran Swominathan

    Mahendran Swominathan

    Youth Work graduate

    "ECU has helped me realise the type of youth worker I want to be"

    My study experience at ECU has been really enjoyable. The lecturers are extremely helpful, providing me with career advice as well as support within the course.

    So far, I've undertaken three work placements, and all have been valuable. Not only have they helped me put theory into practice, they’ve also helped me realise the type of youth worker I want to be.

  • ECU Youth Work student, Jordana Cernotta

    Jordana Cernotta

    Youth Work graduate

    "ECU gives you the ability to apply your knowledge, and to experience what the industry is like"

    My experience studying at ECU has been great! The lecturers have been extremely helpful and the flexibility of the course has allowed me to adapt my studies to my lifestyle. At one stage, I was living in Italy, and was able to study online for a semester.

    ECU also has a great reputation for providing practical experience opportunities. One of the practical placements I've already completed went so well that a year later I am still mentoring at the organisation.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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