Bachelor of Counselling

Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University
  • Awarded by

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Community Worker | Youth Worker | Mental Health Worker | Policy Officer | View all

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Last modified: 03 Jun 2019

In a Nutshell

If you're seeking a meaningful career that will enable you to truly make a difference in the lives of others, a Bachelor of Counselling from Edith Cowan University will set you on the path to a career as a professional counsellor.

This comprehensive course provides an essential introduction to the practice of counselling. Through your core units, you'll cover all the key theoretical knowledge counsellors need, and begin developing your foundation of therapeutic skills through self-reflective clinical practice. You can then choose to hone your specific career path by specialising in a major: Family and Child Support or Professional Youth Work.

With the option to study on-campus at Joondalup, Perth OR entirely online, this flexible course can be completed in three years of full-time study or six years part-time. You'll graduate ready to take on entry-level roles that involve counselling aspects or pursue further study to become a fully-fledged counsellor. Whatever path you choose, you can be sure you are making a positive impact on the world as you help and support people in need.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

    • Hold a minimum indicative ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
    • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
    • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
    • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU's standard requirements; OR
    • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
    • Meet ECU's English Competency requirements and special entry requirements (see below).

    Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU's Experience-Based Entry Scheme.

    Special Admissions Requirements: Please note that one or more of the majors of this course have admission requirements. 

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this counselling course, the subjects you may study include:

    Core units

    • Dynamic Models of Counselling
    • Therapeutic Practice with Families and Couples
    • Self Development 1
    • Culture and Diversity in Therapeutic Practice
    • Therapeutic Practice with Children and Adolescents
    • Humanistic Models of Counselling
    • Therapeutic Practice with Older Adults
    • Skills Training in Humanistic Counselling
    • Self Development 2
    • Contemporary Challenges in Therapeutic Practice
    • Psychodynamic Concepts into Practice
    • Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice

    Family and Child Support major

    • Ecology of Children and Families 1
    • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
    • Ecology of Children and Families 2
    • Culture, Equity and Diversity
    • Purpose of Play
    • Child Rearing
    • Leadership and Management in Community Services
    • Designing Family Support Programmes
    • Children and Family Studies Professional Placement
    • Vulnerable People and Communities
    • Social Research and Program Evaluation

    Professional Youth Work major

    • Youth Issues
    • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
    • Principles of Youth Work
    • Working with Groups
    • Youth Work Professional Placement
    • Vulnerable People and Communities
    • Ethics in Human Services
    • Ideology and Youth Work Practice
    • Theories of Youth
    • Inclusive Youth Work Practice
    • Strategies for Social Change
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  • Why Edith Cowan University?

    Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

    ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

    From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

    Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

    When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Counselling from Edith Cowan University.

Graduates are prepared to seek a variety of entry-level human services roles that involve counselling. Graduates may also pursue further study with a Graduate Certificate in Social Science or a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Wondering where a career in counselling could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Bereavement Counsellor, Relationship Counsellor, Family Counsellor, School Counsellor, Rehabilitation Counsellor, Youth Worker, Community or Welfare Worker.

Let's Talk Price

Students may pay for this course upfront or through a government HECS-HELP loan (if eligible).

Scholarships and ECU Student Loans are also available to eligible students.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year). 


Find out more about government study loans here.

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