The program provides the theoretical and practical skills students need to work as a counsellor in a range of professional fields. Students will develop skills to critically analyse different counselling and psychotherapy models and gain practical skills through extensive clinical fieldwork placements. Throughout the course, students will gain a strong understanding of self, the community, and society while learning what constitutes ethical practice. Graduates work in a range of counselling and human service careers, helping people address issues and challenges in their lives. Possible careers include: child safety officer; church-based chaplain; youth worker; community correctional officer; juvenile justice officer; counsellor for Lifeline.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA); VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 & 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (any) or 30 for EAL. International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.


240 credit points consisting of: 70 cp from Counselling Core units; 20 cp from University Core Units; 10 cp from Program Core Units; 40 cp from specialised Counselling Units; 40 cp from a Psychology Minor or Community Services Minor; 40 cp from Clinical Fieldwork Units; 10 cp from Electives and 10 cp from Interdisciplinary Units.

Subjects you can Study:


Further information:

Employment opportunities in: Adolescent Counselling; Community agencies; Community development and planning; Corrective services; Family or child services; Human resources management; Neighbourhood centres; Private Practice; Social welfare; Transcultural and refugee agencies; A variety of pastoral care roles.


Queensland only: Graduates from the Counselling majors will be eligible to apply for associate membership of the Queensland Counsellors Association and membership of the Australian Association of Pastoral Counsellors.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 60.45 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 60.45 No Part time 6 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 6 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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