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.

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Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)
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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Recognised by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.


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


NSW - Sydney


Work placement

400 hours in total

Course length
Full-time: 3 years | Part-time: 6 years
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Exams, video presentations, assignments & report writing
Start date

Six start dates per year. 

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Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)
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Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

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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

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.

Course structure

24 units

Unit 100

  1. Interpersonal communication

  2. Theories of counselling

  3. Human development across the lifespan

  4. Applied counselling 1

  5. Understanding societies: An introduction to social analysis

  6. SOC103A - Developing social policy

  7. Introduction to community services

  8. Health & wellbeing

Level 200

  1. Relationship counselling

  2. Mental health & the community

  3. Applied counselling 2

  4. Applied counselling 3

  5. Mediation & conflict management

  6. Fieldwork 1

  7. Introduction to social research methods

  8. Ethics & professional practice

Level 300

  1. Working with addicted populations

  2. Counselling for grief and loss

  3. Evaluating approaches to counselling

  4. Fieldwork 2 for counselling

  5. Qualitative research methods

  6. Community development

You will also need to complete 2 elective units throughout the course.

Support and delivery

Jansen Newman Institute offers a comprehensive support for all students.

You will receive one-on-one support to help you establish goals, create study plans and develop sound study skills.


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. 

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:

2. Upfront payment

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

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