Bachelor of Counselling

There has never been a better time for you to become a counsellor or further develop your counselling qualifications. The need for counsellors in Australia has never been greater. As a counsellor with a tertiary qualification, you’ll be doing what you love and have the security of knowing there are many opportunities for work and self employment.


We’ve helped people from all sorts of backgrounds become counsellors. Our tertiary students come from a variety of backgrounds.  Some are seeking to acquire counselling skills as an adjunct to their core profession, such as teachers, nurses, ministers of religion, corrective services officers and administrators. Some are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession.  While others already have a vocational counselling qualification and are looking to supplement this with a tertiary qualification.


As a counsellor with a Bachelor of Counselling, there are many opportunities for you as an employee or in private practice. You can make a real difference in areas such as grief and loss; relationships; abuse; youth and adolescents; family; stress; trauma recovery; addictions; mental health and many more. Our Bachelor of Counselling can be studied either full or part time, allowing you to progress at a speed that suits you; either moderately according to your lifestyle commitments, or faster if you wish to gain your tertiary qualification more rapidly.


Our courses are completed externally by working through your course material at home. This is particularly useful if you have other obligations in your life that occupy your time.


Students living in Sydney also have the option of studying internally and attending weekly classes at the Sydney campus.


Irrespective of your reasons to contact us, it’s your natural desire and ability to help others that we seek to evolve and formalise through our tertiary education. AIPC’s Bachelor of Counselling provides a flexible and affordable alternative to traditional tertiary education.


So, no matter where you live or how busy you are, we make it possible for you to achieve your tertiary counselling qualification.

The Bachelor of Counselling has been developed by our team of highly qualified and experienced academics and professionals. AIPC has been at the forefront of the Counselling industry for over 25-years. We’ve invested significant time in developing a unique program that intricately and progressively teaches Counselling theory and applications to provide graduates with a strong, thorough knowledge and skill base.


The Institute is registered as a Higher Education Provider (Provider Number: PRV12083) by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) with its higher education courses also being accredited by TEQSA. Confirmation of the Institute's registration and accreditation status of its courses can be obtained from the National Register on the TEQSA website at


The Bachelor of Counselling is equivalent in terms of its academic standing to any course in Counselling offered by a University. Additionally, AIPC’s Bachelor of Counselling has also attained industry accreditation through the Australian Counselling Association.


The Institute’s Bachelor of Counselling is the perfect qualification to acquire tertiary counselling studies.


The Bachelor of Counselling is a careful blend of theory and practical application. Theory is learnt through user-friendly learning materials that have been carefully designed to make your studies as accessible and conducive to learning as possible.


The course and its subjects are structured to progressively develop your knowledge and skills from foundational, theoretical concepts through to more complex concepts and advanced skills and applications. 


First year subjects focus on building a strong foundational knowledge and skill base including an overview of the counselling industry, the role of the counselling professional, philosophical tenets, counselling micro skills and counselling perspectives. You are encouraged to adopt an integrative approach to practice and develop your own counselling framework and helping philosophy.


Second Year subjects focus on broader, contextual issues such as culture, social issues and theoretical frameworks that impact the client, the counsellor and the helping relationship.  Ethical and legal issues are examined as they relate to the counselling relationship, and you start exploring the concept of your ‘self’ and reflective practice.


The Third Year integrates specialist knowledge and skill with focused application in areas such as Grief Counselling, Group Work, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Working With Children, and Mental Health Issues. You will consolidate and extend your emerging practice framework and demonstrate a high degree of self-awareness and professional reflection skills.


On completion, you will have the capacity to apply counselling theory and skills in an intentional and mindful manner.  You will have the ability to evaluate and apply a variety of counselling models according to the needs of your client. You will also have the ability to analyse counselling issues with consideration to broader social and cultural perspectives and will be equipped to make a natural transition into the role of Counsellor.

Below is the subject outline for AIPC's Bachelor of Counselling.


Year 1
Semester 1 Semester 2

CORE101 - Scholarship: Academic Writing & Presenting

CORE103 - Group Work, Team Dynamics and Leadership

CORE102 - Communication Skills: Professional Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

CORE104 - Social Frameworks

COU101 - Introduction to Counselling

COU103 - The Counselling Process

COU102 - Theoretical Foundations of Counselling

COU104 - Micro Counselling Skills

Year 2
Semester 1 Semester 2

PSY201 - Developmental Psychology I: Childhood and Adolescence

PSY204 - Developmental Psychology II: Adulthood and Aging

COU202 - Counselling and Diversity

COU205 - Reflective Counselling Practice

COU203 - Counselling Therapies I

COU206 - Counselling Therapies II

COU204 - Ethics, law and counselling

COU207 - Family and Couple Counselling

Year 3
Semester 1 Semester 2

COU302 - Grief Counselling

COU305 - Research Methods

COU303 - Working with Children and Adolescents

COU306 - Counselling and Mental Health

COU304 - Counselling Practicum I

COU307 - Counselling Practicum II

The Institute sets the benchmark for service and support in external counselling studies in Australia. We are the only counselling educator in Australia to offer a complete external study support system, developed over many years of research and continuous feedback from students.


External doesn’t mean distant 


Whilst we specialise in external education, support is always close at hand through phone call or email. No matter where you live, our dedicated academic and administrative staff are keen to assist you with your needs.


Regular Classes Available in Sydney*


Whether choosing to study full time or part time, some students may prefer to enrol to attend regular classes specially designed to support your learning and progress. Each subject has 3 contact hours each week, scheduled between 9am and 5pm at our new campus in Parramatta, Sydney. Sydney classes are a prime opportunity to learn with our highly qualified and experienced academic Lecturers. Classes include teaching of content, discussion of concepts, and opportunities to practice your skills.


*For new students commencing in 2017 only


Toll Free Study Assistance with Masters qualified Lecturers


You have unlimited access to the Institute’s Toll Free 1300 Study Assistance Line. Their focus is to assist you with academic support throughout the semester. This includes providing teaching and guidance on specific concepts if you feel you need further explanation, clarifying questions on assignment topics, and personal coaching on assignment writing.


You are also able to email your Lecturer at any time with your study query and will receive a response within one working day. 


Practical Experience for External Students


The Bachelor of Counselling is structured to ensure you graduate with a high level of practical skill so you can apply your counselling knowledge with confidence. Some subjects of the course require external students to attend compulsory Residential Schools covering a range of topics including Micro Counselling Skills, Counselling Therapies, The Counselling Process, Reflective Practice, Relationship Counselling, Family Counselling, Grief Counselling, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Working with Children and Adolescents, and Group Work.


The Residential Schools are scheduled at the end of each semester and conducted from our academic rooms in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, or Perth*. Residential Schools are a great opportunity to get together with fellow students and participate in casework sessions under the guidance of your Lecturer. To help facilitate your learning, our Residential Schools use case scenarios relating to everyday, contemporary issues and provide a wonderful supportive forum for group discussion, interaction and reflection.


If studying full time, you complete between 2½ and 10 days at a Residential School at the end of each semester.  Not all subjects include a Residential School component.  If you are studying part time, you only need to attend the days of the Residential School allocated to the specific subject. 


The following table shows how much time is allocated for the Residential School for relevant subjects:


 Subjects Residential School
Year 1, Semester 2


The Counselling Process

2.5 days


Micro Counselling Skills

2.5 days

Year 2, Semester 1


Counselling Therapies I

5 days

Year 2, Semester 2


Counselling Therapies II

5 days


Family and Couple Counselling

5 days

Year 3, Semester 1


Grief Counselling

2.5 days

* The cost of attending and participating in the Residential School is included in the fee for the subject.  Costs of travel to and from the Residential School, accommodation and other ancilliary costs are borne by the student.


Residential Schools are a great opportunity to get together with fellow students and participate in casework sessions under the guidance of your Lecturer. To help facilitate your learning, our Residential Schools use case scenarios relating to everyday, contemporary issues and provide a wonderful, supportive forum for group discussion, interaction and reflection.


Work Placements


The Bachelor of Counselling includes two counselling practicum subjects where you undertake clinical practice in a work setting.  Work placements are essential in assisting the transition from application in a simulated setting to real practice.


Each Practicum involves the completion of 14 hours work each week for 12 weeks along with 24 hours to attend individual counselling supervision with the workplace supervisor and group supervision by teleconference with the Lecturer. 


The Institute has a network of community organisations and counselling practices to approach to set up the placement for you.  The Institute facilitates initial contact between you and the placement organisation, and follows up with you and the workplace supervisor regularly during the placement. 




Some subjects within the Bachelor of Counselling include progressive participation in Teleclasses.  Teleclasses provide an interactive and stimulating teaching environment based on discussion of concepts and ideas to encourage the transition from teaching to practice.  Teleclasses are scheduled during early evenings and are facilitated by the Lecturer.


Institute Web Site


The Institute website contains a Student Learning Portal where you can access many study support and e-learning functions. You can:

  • Contact your Lecturer for study assistance;
  • Communicate with other students
  • Log onto the Institute’s Online Library to search and borrow from the Library Catalogue and access the online journal databases.
  • Download your study materials and other important information.
Unique Resources to expand your learning


The Institute has developed a range of unique resources to help you expand your knowledge and practical skills throughout your studies.


As a student you receive a complimentary subscription to The Professional Therapist magazine. The Professional Therapist is an industry publication full of practical case studies and counselling scenarios to hone your skills and broaden your knowledge.


Capitalising on the accessibility of the internet, the Institute has developed two websites to complement your studies. The Institute’s Articles site at is an online facility where you can browse numerous articles on a variety of counselling topics. And Counselling Connection, the Institute’s official blog at, assists you with accessing the latest information about counselling and what’s happening in the industry.


* For new students commencing in 2017 only.

The Institute aims to keep our high quality tertiary qualifications in counselling as affordable as possible. You will find our tuition fees compare favourably against the domestic full-fee paying places offered at other institutions.

  • You will gain a reasonably-priced, counselling-specific tertiary qualification..
  • You receive excellent personal support from our team of professional Lecturers and staff. Institute higher education staff are required to be as highly qualified and experienced as university staff.
  • You will also have greater flexibility to fit your studies around your life commitments.
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You can apply for entry to the Bachelor of Counselling course if you have achieved one of the following:

  • A nationally recognised Diploma from any field of study; or
  • Completed Year 12 or Higher School Certificate with at least a Sound Achievement in English; or
  • Completed a year-long tertiary studies preparation program (eg Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation); or
  • Completed at least 12 months of tertiary studies with a University or non-university Higher Education Provider with a GPA of at least 4.0; or
  • Achieved an overall score of at least 158, or a verbal subscore of at least 156, in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

With your application, you will need to include a short Essay describing why you would like to study counselling and your goals once you have completed the course, along with a letter from a Referee supporting your application for entry.


The Institute only accepts three intakes of students in March, July and November each year into the Bachelor of Counselling.  You are able to send in your application for entry up until the date shown on the Application Form.  All applications are assessed on a first in, first served basis and student numbers are limited so that we can maintain a low lecture:student ratio.  So it is in your best interests to send in your application as soon as you have made your decision to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Counselling.


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