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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
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now, for start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Think Colleges Pty Ltd

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Drug and Alcohol Counsellor | Family and Marriage Counsellor | Rehabilitation Counsellor | Student Counsellor | View all

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About this course

Build in-demand skills for a people-focused profession and help others achieve their goals by studying this Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) course.

Designed for anyone looking to start a career in counselling, coaching, or dispute resolution, this broad-focused course offers a practical and relevant introduction to the theory and principles of counselling.

In this course you'll study theories of communication, conflict resolution, community development, ethics, social research and human trauma, and have the opportunity to undertake practical work experience placements in order to put your skills into practice.

With a broad range of elective units to choose from, this course provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to specialise in an area of counselling interest, including grief counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, or family and relationship counselling.

If you're looking to start a career in counselling and want to help people with your work, this challenging and rewarding course may be your first career step.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 60; OR
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level, comprising relevant work experience or formal or informal study or written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

For international students, English language proficiency to equivalent IELTS 6.5 (academic) with no skills band less than 5.5 is also required.

Areas of study

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


  • 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
  • Relationship counselling
  • Mental health and the community
  • Applied counselling 2
  • Applied counselling 3
  • Mediation and conflict management
  • Fieldwork 1
  • Introduction to social research methods
  • Ethics and professional practice
  • Working with addicted populations
  • Counselling for grief and loss
  • Evaluating approaches to counselling
  • Fieldwork 2
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Community development
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Working with crisis and trauma
  • Narrative therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Focusing: Enhancing the mind-body connection in therapy
  • Introduction to gestalt therapy
  • Spirituality and psychotherapy
  • Case management and program development
  • Human rights and social advocacy
  • Death and dying
  • Protection of children
Jansen Newman Institute The Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) is a highly regarded education provider offering programs in applied social science, counselling and psychotherapy, community services and more.

With a focus on experiential learning, JNI’s nationally-recognised and industry-designed courses ensure that students graduate with both the theoretical and practical skills that are in demand in their field.

JNI is part of the Think: Education Group, which includes some of Australia’s most respected and iconic specialist colleges, and together have educated over 9,500 students.
As a student of the Jansen Newman Institute, you will receive extensive student support from your course advisor and mentor.

Have one-on-one study support to help you create goals, study plans and develop strong study skills. You will also have access to over 70 million articles from one of the largest online libraries in Australia!

JNI are all about creating a supportive learning environment to help you thrive! Dedicated Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) support staff are on hand help you be more effective in your study and build your skills. From writing essays and reports to goal setting and exam prep – they’ll guide you through it all (available online and on campus).

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Sydney

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) from Jansen Newman Institute.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and personal abilities required to work in a range of counselling roles across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. You may choose to work as a counseller in a school setting, as a drug and alcohol consellor, or in a mediation or conflict resolution role.

This qualification will give you the opportunity to gain practical work experience before beginning your counselling practice, ensuring you graduate ready for the workplace.

Curious about where a career in counselling could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Family and Marriage Counsellor
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Student Counsellor
  • Counsellor
  • Grief Counsellor
  • Dispute Mediator
  • Life Coach
  • Career Counsellor

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Jansen Newman Institute also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Students can also pay fees upfront.

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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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