Bachelor of Counselling

Undergraduate Course
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Professional Outcomes

The Bachelor of Counselling seeks to equip graduates for a diverse range of roles in the human services sector or private counselling practice, with a strong emphasis on therapeutic competency.

Upon completion of the course, graduates will meet the training standards set by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), making them eligible to apply for Certified Practicing Membership. This membership not only grants them recognition as a PACFA-registered practitioner but also opens doors to a challenging and rewarding career in the field of counselling practice. In addition, our dedicated faculty is available to provide assistance throughout the application process, ensuring graduates receive the support they need to successfully navigate this important step.

The course is also a solid foundation for those wishing to pursue postgraduate qualifications in Counselling.

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 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 units. 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.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Analyse key insights from evidence-based social and psychological science, as well as the Christian tradition, which relate to counselling practice.
  • Critically review the working dynamics and vocational opportunities within the human services sector. 
  • Critically integrate worldview, counselling theoretical and psychosocial knowledge with counselling practice.
  • Communicate knowledge and ideas about counselling and relevant client services in a clear and coherent manner to the professional environment of the human services sector.
  • Engage in therapeutic conversations in an ethical and theoretically informed fashion, utilising appropriate counselling and decision-making skills and professional judgement.  
  • Assist clients in problem-solving, building resilience, creating opportunities and improved mental health using interpersonal, social, ethical and cultural awareness.  Work flexibly and responsibly in collaboration within and across the diverse range of cultures, context and stakeholders constitutive of the human services sector.  
  • Reflect on performance feedback and supervision to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvement plans as a basis for lifelong learning.  
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Course Structure


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Where can I study?

You can study on campus at Adelaide – Millswood SA, or partially online with online plus.

Field education placement is a requirement of this course and is offered at:

Adelaide – Millswood SA

How long does it take?

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

What do I need for entry?


Completion of Diploma or above
Qualify for mature age entry


Applicants must attend an interview in which they demonstrate capacities for counselling including self-awareness, relational abilities, ethical understanding, and the ability to reflect on experience and be open to feedback.

How much does it cost?

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fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information


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

3 – 12 hours per week

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Undergraduate Course

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: 1300 482 267