Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

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What is a Bachelor of Counselling?

Please be advised this course is now in teach-out. Please refer to the Bachelor of Counselling course page for the latest offering.

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge required to work with different groups as a counsellor in a variety of areas, including community settings, counselling organisations and the health services sector. Upon completion, you can apply for membership for the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the national bodies for counselling and psychotherapy .

This degree is a three year full-time, dynamic qualification that will provide you with the theoretical and practical skills you need to pursue a career as a counsellor. As part of this course, you’ll choose two elective units to complement the 22 core subjects. You’ll also be able to apply your learnings to clinical situations with around 400 hours of work placement.


Learning outcomes

  • Apply specific counselling modalities and interventions to meet the needs of clients.
  • Explain mental health and the impact of mental ill health on individuals and families.
  • Respond to human diversity and establish working relationships with clients.
  • Apply effective counselling interventions with people presenting with alcohol, drug abuse and addiction.
  • Apply constructive methods to facilitate change.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counselling.
  • Refer clients to other health professionals as appropriate.
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ACA recognised credentials

On graduation, you qualify for membership with the Australian Counselling Association.

Study mode
Online, On campus
Campus locations
Sydney, Online
Course duration
3 years full time, part-time options available

This is an AQF Level 7 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

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Ultimate flexibility
With the option to study full or part time and all your course materials online, you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle.

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Our heritage with the Jansen Newman Institute ensures you’re learning from more than 40 years of counselling experience.

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Career opportunities

As a graduate you’ll have a wealth of career opportunities available to you as a counsellor in a number of areas.

Potential career paths

  • Counsellor
    Average salary: $83,000 - $111,000
  • Addiction Counsellor
    Average salary: $60,000 - $66,000
  • Family and Marriage Counsellor
    Average salary: $49,000 - $76,000
  • Intake Counsellor
    Average salary: $72,000 - $93,000
I found so much wisdom, support and guidance from my lecturers. Studying online can feel isolating but the lecturers never left me feeling alone.
Rebecca Adoni
Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Electives


These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Interpersonal Communication | COU101A
  • Theories of Counselling | COU102A
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan (F2F & Online) | COU103A
  • Applied Counselling 1 | COU104A
  • Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis | SOC102A
  • Developing Social Policy | SOC103A
  • Introduction to Community Services | WEL101A
  • Health and Well-Being | WEL102A


These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Mediation and Conflict Management | SOC201A
  • Ethics and Professional Practice | WEL202A
  • Relationship Counselling | COU201A
  • Introduction to Social Research Methods | SOC202A
  • Applied Counselling 2 | COU203A
  • Mental Health and the Community | COU202A
  • Fieldwork 1 | FLD201A
  • Applied Counselling 3 | COU204A


These six core subjects must be completed. Additionally you're required to select two electives from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Working with Addicted Populations | COU301A
  • Qualitative Research Methods | SOC301A
  • Community Development | WEL301A
  • Field Work 2 for Counselling | FLD302A
  • Counselling for Grief and Loss | COU302A
  • Evaluating Approaches to Counselling | COU303A


Choose two elective subjects for year three from the subjects below.

Elective subjects

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs | COU304A
  • Narrative Therapy | COU306A
  • Existential Psychotherapy | COU307A
  • Focusing: Enhancing the Mind-Body Connection in Therapy | COU308A
  • Introduction to Gestalt Therapy | COU309A
  • Spirituality and Psychotherapy | COU310A
  • Case Management and Program Development | WEL302A
  • WEL303A Human Rights and Social Advocacy
  • Death and Dying | WEL304A
  • Protection of Children | WEL305A

Industry partners and work placements

Work placements and Work-Integrated Learning programs provide a valuable resource for you to develop hands-on practical experience to ensure you graduate confident and job-ready.

Work placement hours

As part of your course, you’ll have the chance to undertake 400 hours of work placement across two approved external organisations.

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Entry details


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


If you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent

Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above


Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification

The below is an alternative option.
Work and life experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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