Bachelor of Human Services (Honours) (Counselling)
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.
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.
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
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|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.
- 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.
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.
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.