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Bachelor of Counselling

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Community Worker | Youth Worker | Youth Support Worker | Mental Health Worker | View all

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About this course

If you're seeking a meaningful career that will enable you to truly make a difference in the lives of others, a Bachelor of Counselling from Edith Cowen University will set you on the path to a career as a professional counsellor.

This comprehensive course provides an essential introduction to the practice of counselling. Through your core units, you'll cover all the key theoretical knowledge counsellors need, and begin developing your foundation of therapeutic skills through self-reflective clinical practice. You can then choose to hone your specific career path by specialising in a major: Family and Child Support or Professional Youth Work.

With the option to study on-campus at Joondalup OR entirely online, this flexible course can be completed in three years of full-time study or six years part-time. You'll graduate ready to take on entry-level roles that involve counselling aspects, or pursue further study to become a fully-fledged counsellor. Whatever path you choose, you can be sure you are making a positive impact on the world as you help and support people in need.



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

  • Demonstrate English language competency; AND
  • Studied a higher education course since leaving secondary education; OR
  • Studied at a university or through a non-university higher education provider; OR
  • Completed a bridging or enabling course delivered by or on behalf of a higher education provider; OR
  • Have an ATAR that meets the minimum requirements; OR
  • Completed a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Certificate IV course; AND
  • If completing the Professional Youth Work major, obtain a Working with Children Check card (or equivalent if resident outside Western Australia, for example, a National Police Clearance) prior to commencement of practicum.

Areas of study

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

Core units

  • Dynamic Models of Counselling
  • Therapeutic Practice with Families and Couples
  • Self Development 1
  • Culture and Diversity in Therapeutic Practice
  • Therapeutic Practice with Children and Adolescents
  • Humanistic Models of Counselling
  • Therapeutic Practice with Older Adults
  • Skills Training in Humanistic Counselling
  • Self Development 2
  • Contemporary Challenges in Therapeutic Practice
  • Psychodynamic Concepts into Practice
  • Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice

Family and Child Support major

  • Ecology of Children and Families 1
  • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
  • Ecology of Children and Families 2
  • Culture, Equity and Diversity
  • Purpose of Play
  • Child Rearing
  • Leadership and Management in Community Services
  • Designing Family Support Programmes
  • Children and Family Studies Professional Placement
  • Vulnerable People and Communities
  • Social Research and Program Evaluation

Professional Youth Work major

  • Youth Issues
  • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
  • Principles of Youth Work
  • Working with Groups
  • Youth Work Professional Placement
  • Vulnerable People and Communities
  • Ethics in Human Services
  • Ideology and Youth Work Practice
  • Theories of Youth
  • Inclusive Youth Work Practice
  • Strategies for Social Change
Edith Cowan University Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!
Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

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:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Students may pay for this course upfront or through a government HECS-HELP loan (if eligible).

Scholarships and ECU Student Loans are also available to eligible students.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-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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