Start a Fulfilling Career in Community Service

Are you passionate about helping disadvantaged groups of people?  If you have firm thoughts about what could and should be done to help groups that need support, this is the program for you. By studying a Diploma of Applied Science in Counselling, you’ll be able to enter a range of dynamic roles in the community and public sectors.

What are my career opportunities?

The need for skilled, empathic workers in the field of Counselling is growing. Here are just some of the avenues that you may find a long a fulfilling career in:

  • Child and family services
  • Homelessness
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Domestic violence
  • Migrants and refugees
  • Community counselling agencies
  • Disability services
  • Aged care
  • Local government councils
  • Indigenous groups

Graduate employment opportunities:

  • Intake officer in counselling practice
  • Call centre attendant
  • Support worker
  • Charity worker
  • Community care assistant

 

Delivered by Torrens University Australia (TUA), building on the 40 years’ experience of our sister college Jansen Newman Institute, in delivering tertiary counselling courses, this course focuses on practical training while providing a solid grounding in the relevant theory.

Why study with us

Laureate International Universities

Laureate is the largest education network in the world with more than 80 universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses to over 1,000,000 students around the world.  This makes our courses unique in their global aspect, the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience.

 

The Diploma Applied Social Science (Counselling) is offered through Torrens University Australia and brings a fresh, modern, careers-focussed perspective to higher education. Here’s what that means for you:

We are Career-focused and industry connected

  • Our students practice in on-campus clinics and/or through industry placement
  • Our academics are current industry practitioners
  • Industry contributes to our course development

We provide a personalized experience

  • Success Coaches: working with our students to increase motivation, improve employability and provide an in-depth understanding of natural talents
  • PASS program (Peer-Assisted Study Scheme): One hour of dedicated time to study – Run by students for students! It is a causal safe environment for fellow students to ask questions, have concepts explained in way you understand, get study tips from experienced students and get some guidance with assessments.
  • Academic skills support: If you need help with assignment writing, referencing, time management, or any other academic-related aspect of your studies then the Academic Skills Support team can help.
  • Technical support: if you have any questions about your online learning management system
  • We care about your success: we value the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore have robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures (as well as all policies and procedures), can be access from your student portal.

Our Academic staff are experienced industry trained professionals

In developing its degree courses, Torrens is able to draw on the vast experience and resources in education that have been developed within the Laureate International Universities network. Laureate is the largest education network in the world with more than 80 campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses to over 1,000,000 students.  This makes the degree courses offered by Torrens University unique in their global aspect, the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience.

 

We have small class sizes

Get direct and personalised access to our industry-experienced lecturers and learning facilitators, through small class sizes and valuable one-to-one interactions, regardless of whether you study online or on campus.

 

We offer Dynamic Online Learning

Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can achieve success in your own time. We provide on-demand access to your course materials and content so you can study whenever it’s convenient to you. At specific campuses, we also offer hybrid courses that combine an online and on-campus study to provide you with yet another option for completing your postgraduate course.

 

Be part of an international network

Torrens University Australia is part of Laureate International Universities, a leading international network of quality, innovative institutions of higher education comprised of nearly 70 universities across 23 countries. Torrens’ association with Laureate International Universities gives you the opportunity to leverage the network of over 1,000,000 students around the world – including more than 100,000 online students.

Torrens University Australia is here for good!

Here for Good is the spirit of Laureate International Universities. As the largest global network of higher education institutions, of which Torrens University Australia is a member, we’re united by a belief in the power of education to change lives. In addition, we’re serious about making an enduring commitment to the communities we serve. To us, this is about purpose and permanence. This is what we mean by Here for Good.

We believe society is best served when our students, faculty, and our entire organisation use our collective skills and experience to create positive and lasting change. Our students and graduates are improving lives and making our world better. Our institutions are providing the critical skills, knowledge and support to help make this happen.

At Torrens University Australia, contributing to the community through our students’ learning and development is part of what we do.

Access our national campus network

Whether you study on campus or online, you can access state-of-the-art Torrens campuses in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. There are no more boring classrooms, instead, we have designed our learning spaces to promote collaboration and engagement, and they’re located in convenient and vibrant inner city neighbourhoods.

 

Torrens runs optional Touch-Point weekend sessions that give you the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, converse with lecturers and expand your multidisciplinary network in a face-to-face environment. With a session every trimester at one of our national campuses, you can build your network faster while you study.

 

Feel engaged with industry

Torrens engages in robust dialogue with local, national and global businesses, industries and associations with the goal of creating better graduate outcomes for our students.  We believe education should reflect the realities of industry, as well as the development of critical thinking and global perspectives in the approach we take. Integrating relevant insights and desirable skill sets through our active conversations with industry allows us to remain dynamic and evolve with the needs of the modern workplace.

 

Develop job ready skills

Through our Careers and Industry advisors and Success Coaches, we provide students with employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range of events and seminars. We assist students in developing current employability skills and help them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. We enjoy many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

 

Develop your academic skills

Develop skills in:

  • Writing essays and reports
  • Study techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Time organisation
  • Creating an effective study environment
  • Academic learning
  • Exam preparation

Get involved in student events

Meet and network with industry professionals and gain valuable contacts at various events including networking nights, professional seminars and industry association events both on campus and online.

 

Course Overview

Qualification Title DIPLOMA OF APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCE (COUNSELLING)
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time

Part-time
 

Study options – International students This course is available to international students requiring a visa to study in Australia
Start Dates June, September, February

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length Full Time: 3 years

Part-time: Options available

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

Further information within this Course Information Sheet

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Payment Options – International students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course Study Requirements It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 10 hours a week for subjects over 12-week trimesters. Assessment Assessments vary and include: critical analysis and essay writing, literature reviews, needs assessment, project development and evaluation, in-class debates, participation in online discussion forums, short questions, and research projects.
Location Sydney (Pyrmont) campus and Online. Delivered by Torrens University Australia
Provider

 

Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course code

 

097401C
Provider obligations Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Australia Ltd
Course Fees        For details, refer to the website Any other fees For details, refer to the website

 

 

Admission Criteria

 

Applicants with higher education study

 

·       A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

 

·       A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

Applicants with work and life experience

 

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

·        broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

 

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

 

Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 50

English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students

 

Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.0

 

Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

* Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions

* Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)

* Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2. For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see /apply-online/course-credits.

ATAR Profile

 

Note: This course is being offered for the first time in trimester 3, 2018 and consequently, there is no previous ATAR data available for the table below.

 

ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in T1 2018

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
 
Highest rank to receive an offer N/A
Median rank to receive an offer N/A
Lowest rank to receive an offer N/A

Notes:   <5  – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made

 

Student profile:

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia

Note: This course is being offered for the first time in trimester 3, 2018 and consequently, there is no previous student data available to form a student profile (below).

 

Applicant background Semester one / Full year intake T1 2018

 

Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
0 0%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0%
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

 

0

 

0%

·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
0 0%
·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
0 0%
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
0 0%
International students 0 0%
All students 0 0%

Notes:       “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Where to get further information:

Torrens University:  Torrens University is Australia’s global university and offers courses including business, design, hospitality, education and more!

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Course logistics

International students

Torrens offers a free, personalised admission process where each applicant is considered on an individual basis. Please contact our International Course and Careers Officer for further information and assistance with your application.

Torrens University Australia is an inclusive institution that celebrates diversity in its student community. We provide international students with assistance in finding accommodation, academic support, counselling services and language assistance.

 

Please read our International Student information or contact us with any questions about studying at Torrens or living in Australia.

Location and Start Dates

This course is delivered online and on campus, and has three intakes throughout the year – February, June and September.  Contact your Course and Career Adviser now for upcoming start dates and lecture times.

Campus facilities and services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

The service includes:

  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

  1. Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.

  1. FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website

FEE-HELP booklets

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.

Course Structure and rules

This course consists of 8 Level 100 subjects, each with a value of 10 credit points.

To meet course requirements, students will participate in 40 hours of on-campus workshops. For students studying on campus, these workshops are embedded in subject delivery.  However, online students are required to attend scheduled on-campus workshops.

 

Title of the course of study: Diploma of Applied Social Science
Structure of the course of study: This course consists of 8 Core subjects, each with a value of 10 credit points.
Subject Code

 

Subject Title

 

Core or elective

(within this course)

Pre-requisite

 

Credit Points

 

Level 100        
COU101A Interpersonal Communication Core   10
WEL101A Introduction to Community Services Core   10
SOC102A Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis Core   10
COU102A Theories of Counselling Core   10
COU103A Human Development Across the Lifespan Core   10
WEL102A Health and Well-Being Core   10
COU104A Applied Counselling 1 Core COU101A, COU102A 10
SOC103A Developing Social Policy Core   10
 

Course Rules:

 

 

To be awarded the Diploma of Applied Social Science, students will need to complete a total of 80 credit points over 8 subjects as outlined in the Course Structure above.

Other protocols of the course: To meet course requirements, students will participate in 30 hours of on-campus workshops. For students studying on campus, these workshops are embedded in the subject delivery.  However, online students are required to attend scheduled on-campus workshops. The subjects pertaining to the workshops are:

COU101A, COU104A. On campus workshops total 30 hours.

Subjects

Subject Code

 

Subject Title

 

Subject Descriptor

 

COU101A Interpersonal Communication This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

This subject explores aspects of counselling as a form of interpersonal communication and considers the role of self and culture, as well as important relational skills such as perception, listening and reflection. Students learn about different modes of interpersonal communication including verbal, nonverbal, written and oral, as well as the barriers to effective communication and approaches for overcoming them.

The subject also examines how different types of relationships (family, work, personal, and social groups) can be enhanced through effective communication. An informed awareness of power and rank is discussed.

WEL101A Introduction to Community Services This is a core unit for the Counselling and Community Services majors.

This subject introduces students to the structure, purpose and nature of the Australian health care system and community services. It explores the many contexts, settings and roles within this area of work, including the policies, theories and practices applicable to this field. Students learn about the important role and function of occupations in community services, and the practices involved such as advocacy, lobbying, networking, and support and service coordination. Students develop an understanding of the variety of community sector organizations that operate in Australia, sources of funding provided by local, state and federal governments, and the challenges, barriers and opportunities for accessing and providing the relevant but scarce resources to those in need. Attention will also be given to community development and programs through examples such as public housing, Indigenous community development, community consultation and public fora.

SOC102A Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject, students are introduced to the interdisciplinary practice of social analysis and its role in understanding the various human elements and social institutions that constitute our communities and societies. It covers a variety of important social theories through which to understand human practices, identities and social structures. In particular, students learn how cultural, historical, economic and political factors shape the human experience.

Students develop social analysis skills to critically examine how human and social elements shape our views about equality, justice and fairness. The subject encourages students to assess the relevance of these elements to our social and professional relations.

COU102A Theories of Counselling In this subject students are introduced to influential counselling theories, including Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic theories, Person-centred Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy.

The subject utilises a range of experiential learning strategies including skills modelling and case studies, and introduces students to the counselling interventions used for each of these models. Such understanding is further developed in COU104A Applied Counselling 1, where students have the opportunity to observe and practise some of the therapeutic interventions used within these modalities.

COU103A Human Development Across the Lifespan This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

This subject introduces students to the field of developmental psychology and explores what drives or motivates human behaviour. It examines the key life stages of birth, early and later childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, mid-life, ageing and death, taking into account their social and cultural contexts. Students are introduced to the work of scholarly work on the subject of human development.

Drawing on a diversity of disciplines, topics include theories of attachment, cognitive and social development and the role of families and communities in supporting healthy development.

WEL102A Health and Well-Being This is a core unit for the Counselling and Community Services majors.

This subject provides the context for understanding health and well-being in Australia. It begins by exploring the critical perspectives associated with defining health and well-being, and what impacts these definitions have on various sections of the community, especially those considered most marginal.  Health policies, perceptions and promotional activities are analysed as to their impact on health equity and access to services and resources for various sections of the population. The health of individuals, community and society is also discussed in terms of the workplace, the environment and the proximity to service centres such as cities and towns. Students learn about current debates and the impact of service-users, consumer advocates and worker responses. International policies and research will inform many of the discussions.

COU104A Applied Counselling 1 This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject, students are introduced to the core skills for counselling and change work, with specific reference to working with adults. The subject provides students with an opportunity to develop their counselling skills in an interactive and supportive learning environment with feedback from others, and to begin considering their preferred counselling style. The interrelationships between counselling theories and models and skills are explored. This subject also focuses on the research into counselling outcomes and effective change processes.

SOC103A Developing Social Policy This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject students examine the nature and practice of social policy development through a study of key public policy areas such as education, health, welfare, the family, crime and law and order policy, drug and alcohol policy and employment policy. The focus of policy discussions is primarily within the context of Australian social, economic and political systems.

Students examine the theoretical underpinnings of policy development, the role of politics and lobby groups in influencing social policy, the policy process, and how policy decisions are monitored and evaluated. The role of associations, such as NCOSS and ACOSS, and churches in monitoring the impact of government policy and advocating for vulnerable groups within society are also examined, with a view to students considering ‘how else’ policies can be informed and used effectively to bring about change and improvement to social conditions.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Course Credit available?

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.  This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

What are the enrolment dates for the courses?

There are three intakes per year for each Torrens University course. You may enrol anytime during the year and start in the term of your choice. However, please be sure to book early to reserve your place.

Are scholarships available?

Torrens offers limited number of fee-waiver scholarships each trimester, ask a Course and Career Advisor if you’re eligible.

Tuition Assurance

If you’re a domestic student, your investment in your education is protected by Torrens’ membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Higher Education Assurance Scheme. If you are a domestic student, please refer to our Tuition Assurance Statement.

International students are covered by our membership to the Tuition Protection Scheme (TPS), an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees.

Can Torrens University help me find work while I’m studying and after I graduate?

Through our Careers and Industry services, we also provide students with technologically advanced employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range specialised of events and seminars in conjunction with leading employers. Torrens assists students in developing current employability skills and helps them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. Torrens enjoys many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

What materials and equipment will I need to provide?

No special material or equipment is required for this course.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions, please contact your Course and Career Adviser for additional information.

Email: enquiries@tua.edu.au

Phone: 1300 575 803 (within Australia)

Phone: +61 8 8113 7800 (International)
www.torrens.edu.au