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Summary
Bachelor of Human Services Major Counselling (BHMS)

Study Mode
  • On-campus*
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Ipswich

Semester 3 intake is only available via external study. *The Counselling major is not available to international students studying on-campus.
View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Manage the demands of a modern counsellor

If you are passionate about people, then our Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling) will put you on the right path to working with your community. With an emphasis on preparing you for counselling employment, this degree will equip you with the skills necessary to manage the demands of a modern counsellor and human services practitioner. You will be taught by experienced counsellors with a practical focus, providing you with a solid foundation to work in community organisations.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services 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.

If you successfully complete a minimum of 400 hours of professional placement (fieldwork) courses you will be eligible to apply for ACWA accreditation. If you live overseas, you may need to study other approved courses and will therefore not be eligible for accreditation with ACWA.

Our graduates are highly competitive in securing permanent positions as community development workers, child safety officers, counsellors, project officers, welfare workers, and support workers in both government and non-government areas.

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
Core courses 8
plus 1 x 8-unit 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 24

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

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services 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 6560
Domestic full fee paying AUD 20000

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 2018 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.

15/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2018 adjusted OP / Rank for this program.

The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank to which an offer was made is 18/61. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2018.

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.

Admission 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.

Further admission information

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.

Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.

An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

 

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

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 909315
Ipswich 939311
Toowoomba 909311

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.
  • Semester 3, 2018 - applications close Monday 5 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 19 November.
  • Semester 1, 2019 - applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

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.

Counselling pathways

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