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Summary
Bachelor of Human Services Major Counselling (BHMS)

OP/Rank
15/68

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.
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Program Information Set

Enhance your professional skills with counselling tools 

If you are passionate about people, then our Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling) will put you on the right path to working with individuals in your community. With an emphasis on preparing you for counselling employment in community and welfare settings, 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.

Practical experience 

You will gain valuable experience in diverse community and welfare settings by completing a minimum of 400 hours of professional experience placements. Students will be required to provide the following to USQ:

  • current Australian Federal Police Criminal History Check Certificate
  • a current Blue Card from the Queensland Government Commission for Children and Young People and Young Guardian
  • immunisations may be required in order to attend particular settings.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services who have completed all eight units within Counselling major who have successfully completed both field placement courses, one being a counselling field placement, will be eligible to apply for Level 1 membership with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). 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 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

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will 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 6684
Domestic full fee paying AUD 21520

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 2020 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.

15/68
OP/Rank
This is the 2019 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, 2019.

Entry requirements for Semester 3, 2019

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

Entry requirements for Semester 1, 2020

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

Find out more about assumed knowledge.

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.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2019.


How to apply

  • Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:
    1. have never studied with USQ before, or
    2. are a Year 12 student, or
    3. want to transfer to USQ from another university.

Please note down the QTAC codes below to complete your application.

  • Alternatively, you may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:
    1. are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
    2. have recently graduated from TAFE.

 

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 3, 2019 - applications close Friday 29 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.
  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 17 July (QTAC) and 24 July (direct), with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

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

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning 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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