Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

Working as a Counsellor and empowering people to make changes in their lives is a truly rewarding career.

This JNI course gives you the right mix of theory and practical experience.

You’ll learn about important social theories, and how to encourage people to discuss their concerns. The course explores areas such as relationship counselling, human behaviour and mediation, and helping people with abuse and addiction issues.

This degree includes 400 hours of valuable work placements, so you can practice what you learn in a supportive environment. You’ll also need to attend one workshop in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

At a glance

Qualification Bachelor Degree

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Recognised by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

Provider Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)   (RTO 0269)

Year 12 ATAR of 60 or equivalent, OR demonstrated ability/work experience

Study mode
  1. Online
  2. In-class
  1. NSW (Sydney)
  2. Online
Work placement

400 hours in total

Study load 3 years full-time up to 6 years part-time
Assessment Exams, video presentations, assignments & report writing
Start date Three start dates a year. Contact us about enrolling.
Payment options
  1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP
  2. Upfront payment
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This course is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). After graduation, you are eligible to apply for membership of a PACFA member association - earning you professional recognition at a national level. 

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • applying specific counselling modalities and interventions to meet the needs of clients
  • explaining mental health and the impact of mental ill health on individuals and families
  • responding to human diversity and establish working relationships with clients
  • applying effective counselling interventions with people presenting with alcohol, drug abuse and addiction
  • applying constructive methods to the facilitation of change
  • evaluating the effectiveness of counselling
  • referring clients to other health professionals as appropriate

Work placement

This course includes a total of 400 hours of professional work placement.

This industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

JNI can help arrange your work placement. You can complete your placement at JNI's on-campus clinic, at one of their partner clinics in Sydney, or in your local area (subject to approval).

Practical workshops

If you study online, you will need to attend a total of 17 days of on-campus workshops throughout the course. These workshops are held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Course structure

There are 24 units in this course.

Total Units: 24

Level 100 units

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Theories of Counselling
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Applied Counselling 1
  • Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis
  • Developing Social Policy
  • Introduction to Community Services
  • Health and Wellbeing

Level 200 units

  • Relationship Counselling
  • Mental Health and the Community
  • Applied Counselling 2 & 3
  • Fieldwork 1
  • Mediation and Conflict Management
  • Introduction to Social Research Methods
  • Ethics and Professional Practice

Level 300 units

  • Working with Addicted Populations
  • Counselling for Grief and Loss
  • Evaluating Approaches to Counselling
  • Fieldwork 2 for Counselling
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Community Development
  • Elective 1 & 2

Course features

  • Full-time or part-time
  • Study online, on campus, or a combination of both
  • Taught by industry experts
  • Hands-on experience – 400 hours of work placement in a community or welfare organisation
  • Accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • If you exit early, you may be eligible for a Diploma or Associate Degree
  • Access to SEEK Learning Online Library

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If you would like to find out more about this course or get some advice, we have Learning Consultants available to assist you.

Our Learning Consultants can:

  • Answer any questions you may have about the course.
  • Give you information about the industry and possible job outcomes.
  • Help you work out whether this the right course for you to get the job you want.
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Ready to start the course? Get in touch via this form and a Learning Consultant will give you a call or send you an email.

We will:

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  • Assist with the enrolment process and save you time.
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  • Year 12 ATAR score of 60 or equivalent, OR
  • demonstrated ability, including work experience, formal/informal study, or a statement of intent

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you’re an Australian citizen (or hold a permanent humanitarian visa).

Through FEE-HELP, the Australian government pays the amount of your course to the education provider on your behalf. You’ll start paying back this loan (including a 25% loan fee) through the tax system once you earn more than the minimum threshold (which is $54,126 for the 2015-2016 financial year).

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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We'll give you all the info you need about choosing the right course, payment options, enrolling and fitting study into your life.

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