Bachelor of Counselling


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Entry requirements

Academic: 42 credits at level 3 or higher, including a minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of two subjects, with a further 14 credits at level 3 or higher taken from one or two additional subjects; and a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher; and a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher (4 credits in reading and 4 credits in writing) or achieved a level 4 or 5 qualification in a related field Or:Equivalent personal, practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind.
Other: Basic computing ability with knowledge of Microsoft Office packages or similar software.
Applicants will have to undergo a police check for 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. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

English Language: IELTS (Academic) 6 with no less than 5.5 in reading and writing 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

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.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Human Welfare Studies and Services at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 935 832
Phone: (04) 920 2400
Fax: (04) 920 2401

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