Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling

Cairnmillar Institute

Course details

CRICOS course code: 106811F

Level of study: Undergraduate

Summary

Our program focuses solely on mental health curriculum, which means you won’t need to study units that are not relevant to your future career.

You'll also have the option of working as a counsellor after the successful completion of your first three years of study.

We are currently seeking accreditation with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Pending APAC accreditation for this course, you will have the option of completing a 4th year Honours year, which will put you on the pathway to becoming a psychologist.

We are committed to making your experience at Cairnmillar one that continues to assist you beyond your degree. We aim to provide you with skills beyond what you will gain through the units of study, including:

A supportive environment and a close community of students.

Academic writing and study skills support.

An inspiring colloquium program.

Career advice.

Free leadership training and peer mentoring programs.

Friendly staff with an open-door approach.

Modern and attractive learning facilities and classrooms.

Professional development opportunities.

Upon this course receiving accreditation by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), graduates of the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling will be eligible to apply for membership to PACFA, which in turn enables registration as a counsellor with the Australian Register of Counselling and Psychotherapists (ARCAP). Pending accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council - APAC, graduates will also be eligible to apply for an APAC accredited 4th-year program in Psychology straight after completing the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling to continue along the pathway to becoming a Psychologist. They may also choose to work as a counsellor immediately upon graduation.

Both counselling and psychology are evidence-informed, relational disciplines. The Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling at Cairnmillar provides a unique synthesis of the science-practitioner and reflective-practitioner models. The course develops the skills, knowledge and personal capacities required for critically reflective, ethically aware professional practice. The course takes a trauma-informed, person-centred perspective. Students will explore counselling and psychological theories, human development across the lifespan, social psychology and foundational principles in cognition and neuroscience. Skills in assessment, intervention and treatment planning will be developed. The curriculum allows students to explore the fields of health psychology, organisational behaviour, and group facilitation skills. Students will also undertake two placement units and engage in at least 40 hours of direct counselling experience with clients.

Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling graduates will develop a broad range of important tertiary education skills that prepare graduates for employment in administration, advertising, business, community services (e.g., child protection), counselling, government, human rights, media, policy development, public relationship, publishing, research, and more.

Upon receiving accreditation by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), graduates of the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling will be eligible to apply for membership to PACFA, which in turn enables registration as a counsellor with the Australian Register of Counselling and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

Graduates can apply to study the Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy or Graduate Diploma of Counselling & Psychotherapy to take their counselling skills to the next level.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
22,400 Per Year
Read moreEstimated Course Total (at 2022 tuition rate): 67,200
20 Feb 2023 3 years
Full time
Cairnmillar Institute
391 - 393 Tooronga Road
Melbourne Victoria 3123
Australia

Entry criteria

Mature aged applicants (21 years of age or older) who do not have an ATAR must demonstrate the capacity for successful study at Bachelor level (AQF 7) in their application via completion of year 12 (or equivalent study of year 12 secondary education) or appropriate work experience and as part of the application process, complete short answer questions.

International students, who do not otherwise meet the AHPRA English standards, are also required to undertake The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) of the IELTS test, and a minimum overall band score of 7.

Address

Cairnmillar Institute
391 - 393 Tooronga Road
Melbourne Victoria 3123
Australia
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