Bachelor of Counselling

Overseas student type

You are an overseas student if you are:

  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
  • a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
  • a resident or citizen of any other country.

Conditions of study for this course

This course is only available to overseas students not residing in Australia.

  • You will not require a visa to study this course.


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.

Course 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.

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.

Colleges where this course is available

  • Stirling College

    Stirling College

    Churches of Christ
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Mulgrave VIC
  • Stirling College
    Online mode
    Mulgrave VIC

    Accreditation partner

    The Bachelor of Counselling is accredited by the following partner:

    • Australian Counselling Association Inc.

      Australian Counselling Association is Australia's largest single registration body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists with over 7,000 members. Australian Counselling Association serves a crucial role in advocating and advancing the profession of counselling and psychotherapy.


    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.

    Standard full-time 1 year
    Maximum part-time 3 years
    Standard full-time 1 year
    Maximum part-time 3 years

    Pathways to this course

    • CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling offered through the Australian Institute of Family Counselling (aifc)
      The Diploma of Counselling equips you with the basic knowledge and people helping skills required in professional counselling.
    • Advanced Diploma of Counselling
      Deepen your knowledge and skills as a professional counsellor working with clients.

    Pathways to future study

    The 5-phase counselling program marks an exciting new training pathway in professional counselling in Australia. Incorporating VET and Higher Education options into a sequence of courses, the pathway offers students study options from Diploma through to Master level.

    Admission criteria

    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)

    Fee summary

    The Bachelor of Counselling requires completion of 144 points of study, or 6 standard undergraduate units and 2 non-standard undergraduate units. Fees for 2022 are $1,764 per standard unit and $3,018 per non-standard unit, or $16,620 for a year of full-time study (8 units). Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

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