Bachelor of Counselling


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3 Years

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Bachelor of Counselling aims to develop graduates who are able to practise professionally according to the values and ethics of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). As such they will have the knowledge and skills to enable them to be competent, critical and reflective beginning practitioners with a sound theoretical base from which to practise; and the skills to practise independently and co-operatively within a culturally diverse and ethically appropriate counselling context. They will meet the competencies specified by NZAC for provisional membership as counselling practitioners.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Academic NCEA Level 3, including: Three subjects from the NZQA Approved Subjects list at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each. Recommended subjects are listed in appendix G Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, Or Achieved a level 4 or 5 qualification in a related field Or Equivalent personal, practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind English Language IELTS (Academic) 6 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent Or Achieved the academic entry requirement in New Zealand Or Achieved the academic entry requirement at an institution where English was the language of instruction and assessment Other Basic computing ability with knowledge of Microsoft Office packages or similar software. All applicants will have to undergo an annual police check, including at the time of entry into this programme. In the event of an adverse police report, entry into the programme will be at the discretion of the Head of School. In exceptional circumstances the requirement for a police check may be waived by the Head of School. Applicants will be required to attend an interview with a Selection Committee. Special entry may be granted by the Head of School to an applicant who does not meet all entry criteria, where the Head of School is satisfied the applicant is capable of undertaking the course of study

Detailed requirements

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3 Years

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Student Success


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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 935 832
Phone: (0800) 944 847
Fax: (04) 920 2401

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