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Bachelor of Human Services (Honours) (Counselling)

Summary
Bachelor of Human Services (Honours) Major Counselling (BHSH)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 32 units

Duration
  • 4 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Ipswich

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Explore your passion for people

If you’re interested in the welfare and wellbeing of people, the Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling) will give you the skills you need to make a difference in the lives of people in your community.

You will be taught by experienced counsellors delivering course content with a practical focus to provide you with a solid foundation to work in a variety of community settings and organisations.

Throughout this major you will learn specific communication and counselling skills, understand the theory and issues involved in counselling and explore various strategies provided to address common issues and mental wellbeing.

The Honours component of this degree involves completing a research project on a topic of choice under the supervision of a staff member. The Honours program can also provide further exposure and industry experience, preparing you for an exciting career in the human services industry.

Professional accreditation

USQ is currently seeking accreditation with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). If you successfully complete 400 hours of professional placement you will be eligible for ACWA accreditation. If you don’t wish to undertake the three professional placement courses you can complete three other approved courses.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services (Honours) who have completed all eight units within Counselling major who have successfully completed one counselling field placement will be eligible for Level 1 membership with the Australian Counselling Association. It's necessary to have attended certain residential schools if you are aiming to become a professional counsellor and/or join professional counselling associations.

Our graduates will be equipped to gain employment as a counsellor or support worker in community settings, government and non-government organisations such as schools and industries.
Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
14 x core courses 16
plus 1 x 8-unit Counselling major 8
plus a second 8-unit major
     or 2 x 4-unit minors
     or 1 x 4-unit minor plus 4 x approved courses
     or 8 x approved courses
8
Total 32

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns. 

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services (Honours) who have completed all eight units within the Counselling major, and who have successfully completed one counselling field placement, will be eligible for Level 1 membership with the Australian Counselling Association.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6344
Domestic full fee paying AUD 18980

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

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OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.
Bonus points may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus points don’t apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ’s Admissions Bonus Schemes carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
 

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Note: The Counselling major is not available to international students studying on campus. 

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 906815
Ipswich 936811
Toowoomba 906811

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July 2018.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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