Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling)
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.
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.
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.
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|
|plus 1 x 8-unit major||8|
plus a second 8-unit major
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|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.
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.
To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:
We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).
Additional requirements for placements
All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing clinical placements:
- Blue Card or Working with Children Check
- Australian Federal Police Criminal History Check certificate
- USQ Student Declaration
- USQ Placement Request form
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.
*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:
- have never studied with USQ before, or
- are a Year 12 student, or
- 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:
- are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
- have recently graduated from TAFE.
Note: The Counselling major is not available to international students studying on-campus.
Applying directly to USQ:
- 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.
- Semester 3, 2020 - applications close Friday 20 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 16 November 2020.
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.