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Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling

Course code W65

This course provides students with introductory counselling skills to complement their knowledge of the discipline of psychology.

It prepares students for working in a counselling role, or for further postgraduate studies in psychology and counselling. The course equips students with skills in analysing, researching behaviour and explaining interactions between people and their environment.

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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

W65

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $6,600

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

W65

CRICOS code

0100521

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,200

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 FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

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

  • 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 or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1101Introduction to Psychology15
PSY1115Psychology of Motivation and Emotion15
COU1101Dynamic Models of Counselling15
COU1201Therapeutic Practice with Families and Couples15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1210Biopsychology, Sensation and Perception15
PSY1204Social Determinants of Behaviour15
COU1102Self Development 115
COU1212Culture and Diversity in Therapeutic Practice15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY2102Fundamentals of Psychological Inquiry15
PSY2105Psychology of Personality and Individual Differences15
COU2102Therapeutic Practice with Children and Adolescents15
COU3101Humanistic Models of Counselling15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY2231Developmental Psychology15
PSY2204Learning, Memory and Cognition15
COU2101Therapeutic Practice with Older Adults15
COU3106Skills Training in Humanistic Counselling15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY3105Advanced Methods of Psychological Inquiry15
PSY3343Abnormal Psychology15
COU3102Self Development 215
COU3201Contemporary Challenges in Therapeutic Practice15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY3217Cultural Issues in Psychology15
PSY3225Applications of Psychological Literacy15
COU3105Psychodynamic Concepts into Practice15
COU3202Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice15

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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

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and technical psychology and counselling situations.
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise/synthesise complex psychology and counselling knowledge and problems.
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate psychology and counselling relevant solutions and responses.
  4. Use digital technologies and psychology and counselling related literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  5. Communicate psychology and counselling knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values through appropriate psychology and counselling methods.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and scholarship.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $6,600 *

* 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 $34,200 *

* 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

Employment opportunities include counselling, human resources management, criminal justice, education, rehabilitation, business, mental health, and the administration and provision of social services, and performing in any job or role that involves understanding and guiding human behaviour, showing empathy and compassion, and displaying skills such as the ability to evaluate the needs of a client, write formal reports, and keep accurate and organised records; in particular, this double major of psychology and counselling prepares students for work in a counselling role, or for further postgraduate studies in psychology and counselling.

Possible future job titles

Counsellor, Public Sector Worker, Government Agency Worker, Market Researcher, Children and Family Service Provider, Marketer, Human Resource Worker, Statistician, Mental Health Services Worker, Financial Service Worker

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    • 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.

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    • 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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