Summary information





Colleges where it can be studied
  • Stirling Theological College
Overseas students


AQF level

Level 7 – Bachelor Degree

Study load
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
Study mode
  • Online
  • Blended (combination of Online and Face-to-face)
  • Face-to-face

The standard full-time duration of the Bachelor of Counselling is one year. The Bachelor of Counselling must be completed in not less than one year and not more than three years from the date on which the course is commenced.

Cost of study

The Bachelor of Counselling requires completion of 144 points of study. Fees for 2021 will be available from October 2020.

Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

Detailed information

What this course is about

The Bachelor of Counselling prepares students to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and significantly enhances their counselling, pastoral and spiritual foundations. Students form a vision of the counsellor that reflects both individual and relational work, supportive and intensive therapies, psychological competence and theological congruence. The course requires a consistent commitment to supervision and personal and professional integration.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Counselling is accredited by:

The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) (valid until 9 July 2022)

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Counselling:

  1. have specialised counselling skills to work with clients including those with high and complex needs.
  2. apply client spirituality into the counselling experience from an ethical perspective with a critical understanding of Christian worldviews.
  3. apply theological and professional reflection to organisational practice.
  4. apply innovative professional practice in counselling with diverse people in an unpredictable range of contexts.
  5. apply specialised skills for clients with relationship issues.
Follow on study

The Bachelor of Counselling meets the academic entry requirements for the Master of Counselling Program. Graduates will need to undertake an entry interview to confirm admission into the Master program.


Admission dates

The Bachelor of Counselling will commence in 2021. Admission dates will be available from October 2020.

Register your interest with Stirling Theological College.

Admission criteria

A person may apply to enrol as a candidate for the Bachelor of Counselling if he or she:

  • Is a self-insured, non-student member of a relevant professional body; and
  • Satisfactorily completes an interview with a designated Course Advisor; and
  • Has satisfactorily completed an eligible Advanced Diploma in Counselling.

For the purposes of admission, eligible Advanced Diplomas in Counselling are:

  1. The Advanced Diploma in Counselling awarded by the University of Divinity
  2. 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
  3. 80884ACT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Bachelor of Counselling consists of 144 points comprised of:

  1. DZ3076 Supervised Counselling Practicum
  2. DZ3077 Advanced Counselling Theories Processes and Strategies
  3. DZ3250 Relationship Counselling
  4. DZ3260 Abnormal Psychology
  5. 36 points in the discipline of Professional Counselling
  6. 18 points in a discipline or disciplines in Field B or Field C
  7. A further 18 points.


Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown





Where to get further information

Enquire about this course

  • Please select the relevant student option. If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field "Overseas students" in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for this course.