Associate Degree of Counselling

An Associate Degree of Counselling is equivalent to the first two years of the Bachelor of Counselling.

Students can graduate with the Associate Degree of Counselling award or continue on and complete the Bachelor of Counselling within a specified time span. The Associate Degree of Counselling could complement other professional studies already gained in areas such as Nursing and Teaching.


Four trimesters full-time or part-time equivalent


Study counselling with some ministry subjects


16 subjects


Focuses on skills and theory


Available online or in-class


FEE-HELP eligible


Not available to international students

The Associate Degree of Counselling is for students wanting to gain skills and knowledge related to counselling and working with people.

Modes of Delivery

In-class, virtual or online

Entry Requirements
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 Higher School Certificate or its equivalent.
  • Mature age (aged 20 and over) entry into undergraduate courses.
  • Portfolio entry is open to school leavers. Portfolio entry is ideal if you are a:
      • school leaver who is not eligible for an ATAR
      • non-school leaver electing portfolio entry or who did not qualify through another pathway.
Course Load
  • 4 trimesters full-time or part-time equivalent
  • Must be completed within 6 years
  • Generally 9 hours per week per subject is required to do well, which includes lectures, readings and assignments.
Suggested Subject Progression

Critical Thinking and Writing Skills
Counselling Skills 1
Spiritual Foundations
Introduction to Marriage and Family Counselling
World Views and Counselling
Human Lifespan Development
Counselling Theories and Practice
Biblical Interpretation

Counselling Skills 2
Grief and Loss Counselling Theory and Practice
Marriage and Family Therapies (Theory & Practice)
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Christian Theology
Psychological Disorders