Bachelor of Social Science - Australian College of Christian Studies

Bachelor of Social Science

The Bachelor of Social Science is a two-year full time degree (based on a trimester system) or part time equivalent award. This is a comprehensive course where students will learn to explore and integrate biblical and psychological principles, and arrive at a position of readiness and experience that will help clients work through problem issues with a realistic worldview and an increased ability to think, feel and respond in an effective way..

Students develop an understanding of the complex social and cultural issues that challenge every age group. By engaging in and developing both counselling and chaplaincy knowledge and skills, students will graduate equipped to be a counsellor or chaplain in diverse contexts, with theoretical and practical skills that are undergirded by a strong Christian ethos

Our counselling and chaplaincy courses equip caring students to become proficient and influential change makers in individual lives.


Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Study counselling, psychology and electives


24 subjects


Comprehensive course majoring in Counselling or Chaplaincy


Available online or in-class


FEE-HELP eligible

The Bachelor of Social Science is for students wanting to find careers in either counselling or chaplaincy.
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
  • 2 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
  • Must be completed within 9 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
Introduction to 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

Major in Counselling
Counselling Practicum (2 trimesters)
Self Care
Introduction to Group Work
Crisis Intervention/Trauma Counselling
Professional Ethics
Narrative Therapy and Positive Psychology
Addiction Counselling

Major in Chaplaincy
Chaplaincy Practicum (2 trimesters)
Self Care
Intercultural Ministry in Australia
Pastoral Care
Counselling and pastoral Care for the Ageing
Crisis Intervention/Trauma Counselling
Addiction Counselling