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What will I learn?

From trauma and addiction counselling to counselling couples and families and addressing issues of grief and loss, today’s counsellors must deal with a very wide range of issues and be able to communicate effectively in a range of contexts. The Bachelor of Counselling is a three-year program that equips you with both the theoretical background and the hands-on skills needed to work effectively in a challenging and often demanding environment.

Why study this degree?

Our unique Bachelor of Counselling degree offers you a fully-integrated program of instruction that focuses on the psychosocial, personal and spiritual development of the individual throughout their lifespan. In Year One, you will study a range of theories and approaches to counselling, explore personal values, belief systems and experiences from culture and family, identity effective self-care strategies and develop attributes essential to professional practice. You will also begin to develop effective counselling skills before moving onto specific areas of counselling children, adolescents, couples and families and older people in Years Two and Three.

Blending theoretical understanding and hands-on experience, the program covers just about every type of scenario within the human experience. You will learn the interpersonal skills needed to build a positive client alliance which promotes the use of the therapeutic relationship as an organising focus for treatment. The program includes 120 hours of supervised practice which allows you to gain practical experience and a professional network of contacts which may help you secure employment. Upon graduation, you will be entitled to register as a professional counsellor with Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation Australia and/or the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Career Opportunities:

The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

  • Youth worker
  • Trauma counsellor
  • Drug and alcohol counsellor
  • Family counsellor.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,200.00 (16,97,497) per year
Start date

25 July 2022


The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle Campus,

19 Mouat Street,


Western Australia,

6959, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants with recent Secondary Education must have a HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 75% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent).

For international students

Applicants must meet High school qualifications (or equivalent) to apply for undergraduate program. Academic minimum entry requirements for international applicants vary from country to country.

IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; CAE/CPE - 176 overall, with no individual band score lower than 169; PTE Academic - 58 overall, with no individual band score lower than 50; TOEFL (iBT) - 84 overall, with no score lower than 21 in writing and no other band score lower than 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.