Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Counselling - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) / Bachelor of Counselling

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Understand people and help improve their wellbeing

Explore the human mind and learn the skills to promote mental and emotional wellbeing with a dual degree in psychology and counselling. This program gives you in-depth knowledge on the science and applications of psychology, along with a strong foundation in counselling theory and skills.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Moreton Bay^
Refer to the program footnotes
Semester 1
Program length (full-time)
4 years
Annual tuition fee 2021
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • Subject to final PACFA accreditation approval
  • ^First year of the program will be delivered at Moreton Bay in 2021, with subsequent years rolled out incrementally.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast 011241
  • Moreton Bay ^ 014341
Refer to the program footnotes
Minimum selection threshold
ATAR - 63.00 Rank - 63
USC program code
Semester 1
4 years full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Recommended prior study
Completion of Year 12 or equivalent; English (Units 3 and 4, C)
Other requirements
Proficiency in the English language is required for entry to all programs and courses and any international or domestic applicant from a non-English speaking background must satisfy the University's standard and program specific English language requirements.
Total courses
Total units
  • Subject to final PACFA accreditation approval
  • ^First year of the program will be delivered at Moreton Bay in 2021, with subsequent years rolled out incrementally.

In this program you will:

  • Study the core areas of psychological science, including human development, cognitive perception, personality, learning, and abnormal psychology
  • Learn about the range of scientific methods, analyses and ethical standards used in psychological research
  • Gain a thorough understanding of counselling theories and skills, and how to use them in diverse and multicultural workplaces and communities
  • Develop skills in cognitive behaviour therapy, personal and relational empathy, positive psychology, family counselling and responding to crisis, trauma and loss
  • Work in the community through two counselling placements, working with multidisciplinary teams across a range of human services agencies

Career opportunities

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

Graduates can also complete further study to become a registered psychologist, a registered counsellor, a clinical psychologist or pursue an academic career.


This program is designed to meet the national accreditation requirements for The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), The Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

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