Bachelor of Counselling / Bachelor of Human Services

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Bachelor of Counselling / Bachelor of Human Services


Commencing Semester 1, 2018

Program summary

Help others improve their wellbeing and create positive change in their lives

Through this four-year program you will learn how the challenges people face are shaped by the society around us as well as through the internal factors that shape individual behaviour and personality. Through a thorough grounding in traditional and contemporary counselling and human services skills and theories, you will gain an in-depth understanding of individual, family and community practice. Your practice skills will be informed by a critical appreciation of the nature of contemporary Australian society and the causes of personal and social problems.

With both disciplines there is an emphasis on integrative theory and reflective approaches to practice. The program covers the foundations of counselling, engaging in the critique of theory and practice and grounding the skills work in evidenced-based ethical and professional standards. The human services focus is grounded in critical, anti-oppressive and ethical approaches to practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. Using innovative teaching you will be well-prepared for community welfare practice.

Students undertake two 250 hour professional placements in different human services agencies to provide workplace experience in the many roles and skills needed to work as part of a
multi-disciplinary team. The Counselling Placement meets the requirements of the Australian counselling associations, and the Human Services placement is designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Community Workers Association.

The broad introduction to counselling practice includes an introduction to counselling theory and skills, a thorough grounding in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and solution oriented practices, ethical practice, responding to crisis, grief and loss, and cultural diversity. Students gain expertise in personal and relational empathy, problem solving, brief solution focused approaches, and skills in lifelong learning in professional practice. The human services discipline provides an introduction to social welfare and human services practice, community development, social justice, cultural diversity, and mental health.

Career opportunities

Disability support, community health, telephone counselling, working with individuals, families and groups, non-government organisations, government departments, youth work, welfare work, child protection, corrections, aged services, community development, mental health, administration of counselling services, community corrections and justice, and more.


The Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

Note: Subject to final accreditation approval.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

COR109 Communication and Thought

Counselling courses

Introductory courses (3)

COU101 Theories of Counselling: From Freud to Integrative Practice
COU176 Group Processes and Practice
COU180 Introductory Counselling Skills

Advanced courses (7)

COU200 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications
COU265 Strengths Based Counselling: Collaborative Approaches
COU301 Positive Psychology for Counselling
COU362 Counselling Development and Supervision 2
COU364 Counselling Placement 2
COU381 Developmental and Family Counselling

Human Services courses

Introductory courses (4)

SCS101 Foundations of Human Behaviour
SCS110 Introduction to Sociology: Society, Culture and Change
SCS130 Introduction to Indigenous Australia
SWK172 Social Work and Human Services Practice

Advanced courses (12)

SCS201 International Community Development and Global Justice
SCS225 Social Research
SCS235 Social Justice, Welfare and the State
SCS251 Working Effectively with Aboriginal People
SCS273 Human Services Placement 1
SCS290 Understanding Cultural Diversity
SWK277 Working With Children, Youth and Families
SWK278 Ethical Practice in the Helping Professions
SWK285 Health & Mental Health in Australia
SWK302 Community Development and Social Action
SWK303 Complexity and Social Work: Group-Based Approaches
SWK407 Context Responsive Social Work Practice

Elective courses (4)

Select 1 elective course from List A:
SCS230 Understanding Society: An Introduction to Social Theory
SCS210 Indigenous Australia and the State
CRM101 Introduction to Criminology
JST101 Justice and the Australian Legal System
BUS104 Introduction to Management

Select 1 elective course from List B:
SCS295 Gender and Culture
SCS286 Disability: Culture, Community and Change
CRM101 Introduction to Criminology
JST101 Justice and the Australian Legal System
BUS104 Introduction to Management
GEO310 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment

Select 1 elective course from List C:
SWK402 Organisational Contexts for Social Work Practice
CRM303 Restorative Justice and Mediation
HRM311 Leadership and Team Dynamics
SCS210 Indigenous Australia and the State

Select 1 elective course (200, 300 or 400 coded) from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law) or (Science, Health, Education and Engineering)

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 384

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.

The Bachelor of Counselling/Bachelor of Human Services is made up of 384 units:

  • 1 core course 
  • 7 introductory level courses
  • 19 advanced level course
  • 4 elective courses

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

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.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

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.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

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.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

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).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

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.

Plan your study

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.

Confirm your enrolment

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.

More information

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