Help people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
The program is designed to give you the skills to become a professionally accredited counsellor. You will be equipped with a range of counselling knowledge and skills to work ethically with clients who seek help.
Explore counselling theories and skills, positive psychology, communication and relationships, family counselling and crisis intervention, grief and loss and cultural diversity. Choose electives to link with areas that will expand your career options.
Our counselling staff are registered counsellors and qualified clinical supervisors. You will have hands-on experience within the community in two placements approved by the University, working a total of 500 hours. A Blue Card (CCYPCG) is required — refer to Program requirements.
Counselling individuals, families and groups, mental health, aged services, child protection, disability services and a range of human services.
The Bachelor of Counselling has been accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and Australian Community Workers Association. Following successful completion of the degree you can apply for membership to ACA and or PACFA.
Application and admission advice
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.
Introductory courses (6)
COR109 Communication and Thought
COU101 Theories of Counselling: From Freud to Integrative Practice
COU180 Introductory Counselling Skills
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology A
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology B
SCS130 Introduction to Indigenous Australia
Advanced courses (14)
COU200 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications
COU261 Counselling Development and Supervision 1
COU262 Counselling Development and Supervision 2
COU263 Counselling Placement 1
COU264 Counselling Placement 2
COU265 Strengths Based Counselling: Collaborative Approaches
COU276 Group Processes and Practice
COU281 Developmental and Family Counselling
COU300 Counselling for Crisis, Trauma and Loss
COU301 Positive Psychology for Counselling
PSY203 Introduction to Human Development
SCS225 Social Research
SCS290 Understanding Cultural Diversity
SWK278 Ethical Practice in the Helping Professions
Elective courses (4)
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
In order to commence field education placement you must:
- Hold a valid Blue Card, throughout the duration of your program, which is issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG). You should allow 12 weeks for CCYPCG to issue the card. Note: students who do not possess a valid Blue Card will be unable to complete the field education component of their program and will be unable to meet graduation requirements
- Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state/territory authority)
- Travel to attend field education placements
- Please note, while all endeavours will be made to place students in a given semester, this is not guaranteed and students may need to enrol at a later time should a position in an agency be unavailable in the preferred semester
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
- Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
- You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
- Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.
- Current students
- Step 1 - Enrol in your courses
- Step 2 - Select your class times
- How to enrol once Class selection has opened
- Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students
- New students
- Plan your study
- Confirm your enrolment
- More information
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.
Enrolling is a 2 step process:
Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.
View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.
All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)
Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.
* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.
If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.
Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.
View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).
Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.
Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.
International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.
Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.
Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.
View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.
To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.
Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.