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Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

Undergraduate Course

About this Course

For more than 30 years, Tabor has been teaching students what it means to listen. And we mean really listen – without agenda, prejudices or judgment. Counselling another human through a challenging time in their life can be truly transformational for the individuals involved.

Tabor has designed an industry-recognised course that teaches students the true art of listening through our unique real-world blend of theory and practice.

With a curriculum designed by professional counsellors and content informed by science, the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) provides students with a professional gateway into counselling and a suite of skills that allows graduates to engage effectively across the dynamics of human services.

The course studies aspects of psychology with a specific focus on counselling, and it’s the merging of these disciplines which delivers a more robust curriculum and industry credibility.

Coursework culminates in an industry-based placement experience in the final year of study, providing opportunity to integrate learning, and preparing students for a diversity of contexts.

Tabor’s proven experience in developing practical skills will help you carve your own personalised academic and professional path through a variety of elective subjects.  We have the people and programs to help you develop comprehensive professional and reflective expertise and the skills required to consider professional counselling as a career.

Professional Outcomes

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) seeks to equip graduates for a diverse range of roles in the human services sector. In addition, it provides a foundation for those wishing to pursue postgraduate qualifications in counselling leading to professional membership with PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) and the opportunity to work as private practitioners.

Course Structure

23 Subjects total
11 Core
9 Counselling
3 Electives


Professional Communication Skills
Introduction to Sociology
Exploring Practices for Spiritual Formation
Working with Aboriginal Australians and Diaspora Communities
Theory & Practice of Group Work
Theological Reflection in Life and Work
Human Services and Case Management
Professional Ethics
Working with Mental Health
Working with Grief, Loss and Trauma
Engaging the Christian Scriptures


Worldviews and Human Relationships
Counselling Skills
Intro to Psychology
Intro to Counselling Theories
Counselling Theories and Practice
Human Lifespan Development
Understanding Systems and Families *
Counselling Field Education 1
Counselling Field Education 2


Elective 1
Elective 2
Elective 3

What do I need for entry?

Completion of Diploma or above
Qualify for mature age entry

How long does it take?

3 years (36 months) full-time or part-time equivalent.

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus and partially online.

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

Exit Points

Diploma in Applied Social Science after 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

Contact Hours

3 - 12 hours per week

Course Codes

Tabor: SS714C
SATAC: 5A0402

Course Level

Make an Enquiry

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: 1300 482 267
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