Associate Degree of Social Science

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

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

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Four trimesters full-time or part-time equivalent

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Study counselling with some ministry subjects

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16 subjects

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Focuses on skills and theory

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Available online or in-class

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FEE-HELP eligible

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Not available to international students

The Associate Degree of Social Science 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

FIRST YEAR SUBJECTS
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

SECOND YEAR SUBJECTS
Counselling Skills 2
Apologetics
Grief and Loss Counselling Theory and Practice
Marriage and Family Therapies (Theory & Practice)
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Christian Theology
CBT / DBT / EFT
Psychological Disorders

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