Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling

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This program has multiple application rounds up to Sunday 19 February 2023. See our How to Apply page and Undergraduate page for further information.

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Key Facts

Course Code: UG071
Location: Hawthorn East
Study Load: Full-time (3 years)
Part-time (6 years)
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Intake: Semester 1 each year
Semester 2 each year (TBC)
Application Type: Domestic and International
Fees: $31,500* Domestic
$70,560* International
FEE-HELP: Yes (20% loan tax applies)
CRICOS code: 106811F
Post-nominal: BPsychCouns

Course Overview

Get work-ready in 3 years!

The Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling is Cairnmillar’s brand new, TEQSA-accredited double major undergraduate degree, which provides an immersive learning experience to get you workplace-ready faster.

The program’s curriculum focuses solely on mental health, which means you won’t need to study units that are not relevant to your future career.

You will be eligible to work as a counsellor after the successful completion of your first three years of study and/or apply for postgraduate study in psychology, putting you on the pathway to becoming a registered psychologist.

Both counselling and psychology are evidence-informed, relational disciplines. The Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling at Cairnmillar provides a unique synthesis of the science-practitioner and reflective-practitioner models. The course develops the skills, knowledge and personal capacities required for critically reflective, ethically aware professional practice. The course takes a trauma-informed, person-centred perspective.

Students will explore counselling and psychological theories, human development across the lifespan, social psychology and foundational principles in cognition and neuroscience. Skills in assessment, intervention and treatment planning will be developed. The curriculum allows students to explore the fields of health psychology, organisational behaviour, and group facilitation skills. Students will also undertake a counselling placement in their final year, including at least 40 hours of direct experience with clients.

All teaching staff are experienced practitioners and researchers committed to advancing psychology and counselling through their work and their interaction with students.

 

2023 Course Information Session

 

Application Period

Multiple application rounds beginning on 1 August 2022. See Undergraduate page for further details.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling consists of 300 credit points. Students undertake a total of 24 units of study, consisting of 22 coursework units (275 credit points) and two placement units (25 credit points).

Full-time (3 year) suggested course structure:

Year Semester Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
1 1 PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 12.5
1 1 PSY102 Research Methodology and Statistics I 12.5
1 1 CAP101 Counselling Theories and Models 12.5
1 1 CAP102 Person-Centred Counselling 12.5
1 2 PSY103 Behavioural Psychology and Learning 12.5
1 2 PSY104 Cognitive Psychology 12.5
1 2 PCN101 Development Across the Lifespan 12.5
1 2 PCN102 Ethical Paradigms and Philosophy 12.5
2 1 PSY201 Social Psychology 12.5
2 1 PSY202 Research Methodology and Statistics II 12.5
2 1 CAP201 Cognitive Behavioural Therapies 12.5
2 1 PCN201 Psychopathology and Mental Health 12.5
2 2 PSY203 Organisational Behaviour 12.5
2 2 PSY204 Personality 12.5
2 2 CAP202 Assessment Processes 12.5
2 2 PCN202 Practical Skills for Group Facilitation 12.5
3 1 PSY301 Neuroscience 12.5
3 1 PSY302 Research Methodology and Statistics III 12.5
3 1 CAP301 Working with Children and Adolescents 12.5
3 1 CAP360 Counselling Placement/Practice 1 12.5
3 2 PSY303 Health Psychology, Health Promotion and Behavioural Medicine 12.5
3 2 CAP302 Trauma-Informed Practice 12.5
3 2 CAP361 Counselling Placement/Practice 2 12.5
3 2 PCN301 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mental Health 12.5


Part-time (6 year) suggested course structure:

Year Semester Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
1 1 PSY101 Foundations of Psychology 12.5
1 1 PSY102 Research Methodology and Statistics I 12.5
1 2 PCN101 Development Across the Lifespan 12.5
1 2 PCN102 Ethical Paradigms and Philosophy 12.5
2 1 CAP101 Counselling Theories and Models 12.5
2 1 CAP102 Person-Centred Counselling 12.5
2 2 PSY103 Behavioural Psychology and Learning 12.5
2 2 PSY104 Cognitive Psychology 12.5
3 1 PSY202 Research Methodology and Statistics II 12.5
3 1 CAP201 Cognitive Behavioural Therapies 12.5
3 2 PSY203 Organisational Behaviour 12.5
3 2 PSY204 Personality 12.5
4 1 PSY201 Social Psychology 12.5
4 1 PCN201 Psychopathology and Mental Health 12.5
4 2 CAP202 Assessment Processes 12.5
4 2 PCN202 Practical Skills for Group Facilitation 12.5
5 1 PSY302 Research Methodology and Statistics III 12.5
5 1 CAP301 Working with Children and Adolescents 12.5
5 2 PSY303 Health Psychology, Health Promotion and Behavioural Medicine 12.5
5 2 CAP302 Trauma-Informed Practice 12.5
6 1 PSY301 Neuroscience 12.5
6 1 CAP360 Counselling Placement/Practice 1 12.5
6 2 CAP361 Counselling Placement/Practice 2 12.5
6 2 PCN301 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mental Health 12.5

 

Entry Requirements

Applications for all current year 12 students and domestic non-year 12 students are submitted through VTAC. See the Undergraduate page for more detailed information, including regarding applying for the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).

There are two main admission pathways for this program:

School leavers with an Australia Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

These applicants must have a minimum ATAR of 65 to apply.

Mature aged applicants (21+ years of age) who do not have an ATAR

These applicants must demonstrate:

  • Capacity for successful study at Bachelor level (AQF 7) in their application, via completion of year 12 (or equivalent study of year 12 secondary education)

OR

  • Appropriate work experience.

 

In addition to the above, documentation required in the application includes:

  • Most recent academic transcript(s) (e.g., university or ATAR transcript).
  • A Curriculum Vitae (resume).
  • Proof of residency/citizenship in the form of a passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate.
  • Applicants will also be required to answer four short-answer questions in the application, totalling approximately 500 words, that focus on aspirations, qualities, attitude and relevant skills in regard to psychology and counselling.

International students, who do not otherwise meet the AHPRA English standards, are also required to undertake The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) of the IELTS test, and a minimum overall band score of 7. For more information, visit our International Students page here.

Admissions Transparency

  • Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made in 2022 (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
  • Lowest Selection Rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made in 2022 (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)
  • Minimum Selection Rank required for consideration: 65

ATAR and selection rank profiles for those offered places wholly or partly based on ATAR in 2022 (as at X Date):

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR*
(Excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank*
(Including adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer TBC TBC
Median rank to receive an offer TBC TBC
Lowest rank to receive an offer TBC TBC

Admission Profile Information

Student Profiles

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2022, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Applicant background 2022 Semester 1
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/P
(D) Recent secondary education:

  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation with no minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students 8 100%

Notes:
“<5” – the number of students is less than 5
N/A – Students not accepted in this category
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Students who satisfactorily complete this course will have achieved advanced knowledge and skills in the following areas of study:

  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the key principles, theories, and concepts from the major disciplines in psychology and counselling.
  • Prepare and deliver written and oral communications across a range of mediums for a variety of audiences that critique, problem solve and apply the theories and current issues in research and practice to psychology and counselling practice. Written and oral communications include essays, empirical reports, class presentations, recorded practice sessions and more.
  • Conduct and critique research in psychology in regard to research methodology, data analysis, statistics and data sciences, and scientific and digital literacy.
  • Apply knowledge of psychology and counselling in a way that is culturally sensitive and ethically and legally aware, employs evidence of reflexive thinking, effective delivery and receipt of feedback, and effective teamwork skills.
  • Develop and propose sound solutions to current problems in psychology and counselling that are relevant in local, national, and international contexts.
  • Employ autonomy, responsibility, and accountability in self-directed learning that facilitates ongoing learning beyond the course.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Fees Schedule** Domestic International
Annual full-time tuition (per year) $10,500 $23,520
Course total $31,500 $70,560

 

**Total fees are estimates only based on the current fee schedule. Annual tuition fee review and possible increases applies, see: Fees & Scholarships.

For information on tuition fees and what scholarships might apply to this course, please visit the Fees & Scholarships page.

 

Career Opportunities & Study Pathways

Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling graduates will develop a broad range of skills that prepare graduates for employment in:

  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Community services (e.g., child protection)
  • Counselling
  • Government and policy development
  • Human rights and advocacy
  • Media
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Research
  • And many more!.

If successful in obtaining both PACFA and ACAP accreditations, graduates will be eligible to:

  • Apply for PACFA membership and in turn register as a professional counsellor with the Australian Register of Counselling and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).
  • Apply for a PACFA or ACA accredited Graduate Diploma and many Masters counselling programs, such as the Graduate Diploma or Masters of Counselling & Psychotherapy, to take their counselling skills to the next level.
  • Apply for APAC accredited fourth year psychology programs (e.g., Honours) to continue on the pathway towards general registration as a psychologist. Note: completion of this degree alone is not sufficient for registration with AHPRA as a psychologist. Additional study will be required.

Students who obtain a 70 average in the psychology major (PSY) units of the program will be eligible for automatic entry to the Cairnmillar Institute’s Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in the next academic intake, should they choose to apply.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling is a Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) accredited program and sits within level 7 of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The Cairnmillar Institute is applying for accreditation of the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students applying for this program may enter a process in which they may be granted credit or partial credit towards the qualification in recognition of previous experience where an equivalence of earlier learning can be established.

Students may only be given credit for coursework if it is from a successfully completed approved course at the appropriate AQF level. Credit or partial credit is not granted in recognition of knowledge or skills gained through work or life experience.

Cairnmillar’s RPL policy can be viewed here and further information can be found here.