Selection of Students – Bachelor of Counselling

 

Policy

 

The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors Pty Ltd (“the Institute”) upholds the principle that all students and applicants seeking to enrol are treated fairly and equitably.  To ensure this the Institute has open, fair, clear and transparent procedures that are based on clearly defined entry criteria for making decisions about the selection of students.  Students will be selected on merit based on the published criteria.  The Institute will ensure that throughout the process of selection and enrolment, applicants are treated courteously and expeditiously.

 

Enrolment and selection information is included in the Course Prospectus provided to prospective students prior to applying for enrolment and on the Institute’s website so students are aware of the process both before and during enrolment.

 

Relationship to the Higher Education Support Act 2003

 

In accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 the Institute will have open, fair and transparent procedures that are based on merit for making decisions about:

  1. the selection, from among persons who seek to enrol with the Institute in a unit of study who are, or would be, entitled to FEE-HELP assistance; and
  2. the treatment of students who are, or would be, entitled to FEE-HELP assistance undertaking a unit study.

The above undertakings do not prevent the Institute taking into account, in making decisions about the selection and treatment of students, educational disadvantages that a particular student has experienced.

 

The opportunities and benefits of Commonwealth assistance will be made equally available to all eligible students upon enrolment.

 

Procedure

 

There are three stages to the entry process into the Bachelor of Counselling.  They are:

  1. Submit a Course Application Form and necessary support documentation, Personal Competency Essay and Referee Letter.
  2. Undertake an Entry Interview in person or over the phone.
  3. Determination of application by the Head of School.
Application for Course Enrolment and Entry Requirements

 

To enrol into the Bachelor of Counselling, applicants are required to send in by post a completed Course Application Form to the Student Support Officer along with any support documentation that is required for entry to the course.

 

Course Application Forms are to be received at least four weeks prior to the commencement of the course.  This allows ample opportunity for assessment of the prospective student’s application, participation in an Entry Interview, and provision of the necessary materials for the student to commence their first semester of studies.  Successful applicants will be advised at least two weeks prior to their first semester of study of the acceptance of their application.

 

Standard Admission Requirements:

 

Applicants are required to have either:

  1. A Diploma level qualification (any field of study), or
  2. Completed Year 12 with at least a sound achievement in English.

Applicants are to supply a certified copy of the qualification or high school certification with their Course Application Form.

For those applicants who do not meet the standard admission requirements above, the following special entry requirements will apply:

  1. Completion of a year-long tertiary studies preparation program (eg TAFE Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation), or
  2. Completion of at least 12 months of tertiary studies with a GPA of at least 4.0 (on a 7.0 point scale), or
  3. Consideration of results from the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) – the prospective student must have achieved a STAT overall score of 158 or better, or 156 or better in the verbal sub score. (Please note that STAT results are not acceptable for current Year 12 students).

Certified copies of Completion Certificates, Academic Transcripts and STAT results are to be supplied by the applicant with their Course Application Form.  Please note that if applicants are seeking entry through partial completion of other tertiary studies, they are eligible for entry if their GPA is equal to or higher than 4.0 (on a 7.0 point scale).  Applicants being considered on the basis of the STAT results will be eligible for admission if their STAT overall score is 158 or better, or 156 or better in the verbal sub score.

 

All applicants seeking entry via special admission procedures are encouraged to also supply any of the following additional documents in support of their application:

 

All Course Application Forms are to be accompanied by a Personal Competency Essay addressing why the applicant is interested in studying counselling and what they are aiming to achieve once qualified.  Essays are to be 300 words in length and can be typed or handwritten neatly.

 

Upon receipt, the Student Support Officer will screen the application for its completion and correctness.  Applications that do not contain all necessary supporting documentation, including the essay, will not be processed until all documentation is supplied. 

 

For applications with all necessary supporting documentation, the Student Support Officer then undertakes an Entry Interview with the prospective student.  The Student Support Officer takes notes on the student’s responses during the Entry Interview. 

 

All information about the applicant (application information, Personal Competency Essay, Referee Letter and Entry Interview responses) is then passed to the Head of School who is the approving authority for an applicant’s entry to the course.

 

The application and selection process will enable applicants to be rated on the following:

  1. Assessment of Writing Skills.
  2. Quality of Response at the Entry Interview.

The application is rated by the Head of School who then determines if the applicant will be offered a place in the course.

 

In the event that student numbers have been exceeded for the course, the applications of those applicants who have met all selection criteria but not been offered a place will be held on file for consideration at the next intake.  Applicants in this situation will be advised in writing of this outcome.

 

Once accepted, the new student will be advised in writing of their offer of a place in the course.  This written notification will be sent with a Course Enrolment Pack.