Bachelor of Counselling / Bachelor of Human Services

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Bachelor of Counselling / Bachelor of Human Services


Program summary

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

In everyday life, the challenges people face are shaped by the society around us, as well as the internal factors that influence individual behaviour and personality. Through integrated studies in the fields of human services and counselling, this program equips you with the skills and knowledge to understand the causes of personal and social problems, and to create positive change in people’s lives.

  • Learn about the nature of contemporary Australian society, including social welfare, community development, social justice, cultural diversity and mental health
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary human services practice, including its grounding in critical, anti-oppressive and ethical approaches to practice with individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Develop a thorough understanding of counselling theories and skills, and how to use them in diverse and multicultural workplaces and communities
  • Build skills in cognitive behaviour therapy, personal and relational empathy, positive psychology, family counselling and responding to crisis, trauma and loss
  • Complete two 250-hour professional placements in human services agencies, working with multidisciplinary teams across a range of counselling and other roles
Career opportunities

A wide range of government and non-government human services including community health, telephone counselling, working with individuals, families and groups, disability support, 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.


This program is designed to meet the national accreditation requirements for 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.

The program includes two professional placements. 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.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

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
COU300 Counselling for Crisis, Trauma and Loss
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

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

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

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study 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.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

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

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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