Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy

IKON Institute of Australia

Course details

CRICOS course code: 094685K

Level of study: Undergraduate


The Bachelor of Counselling & Psychotherapy is designed to provide graduates with a broad and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of psychotherapy, with a specific emphasis to embed a conceptual framework, and model of psychotherapeutic practice for the ‘whole person’.

This degree provides you with the practical skills and theoretical foundation you need to integrate Psychotherapy into your existing vocation or to establish a new career as a private practitioner. This unique course is inclusive of traditional healing methods and incorporates, in a live fashion, cutting edge science. You will learn to assist your clients in moving forward in a healing and holistic sense.

Through your personal experiential learning and personal development, you will learn the skills to personally engage with each and every client. You will learn various approaches and techniques and most importantly learn to adapt and utilise your knowledge and approach to the needs of your client with a unique and specialised Mind, Body and Spirit approach.

At Ikon, we place a huge emphasis on Psychotherapy (understanding one’s self) as well as giving you the skills to be both an excellent theoretical practitioner and a wonderful human. We recognise that with just the theoretical knowledge alone, you are likely to have a limited capacity to make a great counsellor.

What will I learn?

A holistic approach, involving sophisticated notions of integration relating to people and problems. A focus on people in their dynamic and multidimensional lives. A strong emphasis on creating competence in understanding and applying new and viable practices and theories in mental health, including current controversies and emerging technologies (e.g. consciousness research, transpersonal perspectives and psychobiology). Excellence in the ability to effectively manage encounters with clients and other professionals through establishment of competence in fundamental communication and counselling skills. A sharply honed attention to critical and philosophical analysis of the foundations of psychotherapeutic and disciplinary knowledge, theories and assumptions. Learning how to think clearly, to reason and also appreciating clinical intuition and insight. An emphasis on personal and professional development through engagement with supervision, self-reflective and insight generating processes. This facilitates a sophisticated comprehension of the relationship between the professional as a person, the practice of psychotherapy, and the engagement of clients.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy prepares graduates for an exciting career as counsellors or psychotherapists with the skills to attend to the needs of clients in a variety of professional settings, ranging from mental health organisations and agencies through to private practice.


Students who successfully complete the first year of the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy and decide they do not wish to continue their degree studies may exit with the nested award of Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Students who successfully complete two years of the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy and decide they do not wish to continue their degree studies may exit with the nested award of Associate Degree of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Professional Accreditation

This course is approved by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Graduates will be eligible for Level 2 membership with the possibility of increasing membership levels after acquiring the appropriate amount of professional development and experience.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
18,917 Per Year
Read more56,750 for the entire course
12 Sep 2022
06 Feb 2023
22 May 2023
3 years
Full time
Melbourne Campus
Level 4 and 6, 601 Bourke Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

You must be at least 21 years of age at course commencement and provide a written admission statement of 300-500 words explaining how the knowledge, skills and personal qualities you’ve gained through your experiences will help you succeed in your studies at Ikon. Applicants may also gain entry in recognition of their work and life experience.

Australian Year 12 Secondary School Certificate or other equivalent qualification

Completion of a VET qualification at Diploma level or higher

Completion (or partial completion) of a Higher Education qualification

English Language Entry Requirements

IELTS overall score 6.0. TOEFL iBT Computer Delivered 60-78; Pearson PTE Academic 51-58; Cambridge C1 Advanced 169-175.


IKON Institute of Australia
Adelaide Campus
Level 3, 127 Rundle Mall
Adelaide South Australia 5000
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