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Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    3-6 years

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Awarded by:

    Think: Colleges Pty Ltd trading as Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

What you'll learn

About this course

Pursue a career in counselling with this Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) (085175G) course delivered by Jansen Newman Institute through Upskilled. Study on campus or through blended delivery and cover a range of areas including community counselling, women's health, anxiety and depression.

Through 24 subjects, you will learn how to meet the needs of your clients, applying counselling modalities and interventions to diagnoses, treat and manager a range of mental health illnesses.

Combining practical work experience, clinical work and theory, you will learn how to facilitate positive change in your clients and the community, develop social policy and impact community development.

Work placement

To successfully complete this course, you are required to cover both clinical work and a fieldwork placement to give you the hands-on training and practical skills for the real world. Students will need to undertake over 400 hours of practical work placement, ensuring you graduate job ready.

Residential component

Student who choose to study this course online will be required to attend practical workshops in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne for the following subjects:

  • Interpersonal communication - 2 days
  • Applied counselling 1 - 2 days
  • Applied counselling 2 - 3 days
  • Applied counselling 3 - 5 days

Early exit points

If you complete all Level 100 subjects and decide to you do not wish to continue with this course, you may be eligible to graduate with a Diploma of Applied Social Science qualification.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete Year 12 High School Certificate or equivalent; OR
  • Mature age entry with relevant work experience and an ATAR of 60 or equivalent

Areas of study

In this counselling course, the subjects you may study include:

Level 100

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Theories of counselling
  • Human development across the lifespan
  • Applied counselling 1
  • Understanding societies: An introduction to social analysis
  • Developing social policy
  • Introduction to community services
  • Health and wellbeing

Level 200

  • Relationship counselling
  • Mental health and the community
  • Applied counselling 2
  • Applied counselling 3
  • Fieldwork 1
  • Mediation and conflict management
  • Introduction to social research methods
  • Ethics and professional practice

Level 300

  • Working with addicted populations
  • Counselling for grief and loss
  • Evaluations approaches to counselling
  • Fieldwork 2 for counselling
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Community development


You will also be required to complete two Level 200 electives.

RTO 40374
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As a student of Upskilled you will have access to continued support, advice and guidance from your online trainer via phone or email. Your trainer will give you valuable feedback on your assessments and help you with your course material. Additional support with your study is also available during out-of-work hours via phone or Skype.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) (085175G) from Jansen Newman Institute.

This bachelor degree will give you the skills and training to consider a career as a counsellor, serving the community in a range of areas including mental health, women's counselling and community development.

This course is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Upon graduation, you can apply for membership of a PACFA member association, meaning you will have national professional recognition.

Payment options & support

Finance options

You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan for this program, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Enquire now for more information and to see if you meet eligibility criteria.

Upskilled offers their recruitment service on behalf of the Think: Colleges Pty Ltd trading as Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269) at no expense to you, as they receive remuneration from their providers.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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