Bachelor of Applied Counselling


Subject area

Health Education, Promotion, Counselling

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Entry requirements

This section states the minimum regulations for the programme. Additional regulations which exceed those below may be incorporated by an accredited organisation.
9.1 Admission
9.1.1 General
All Applicants must provide two character references attesting the candidate's suitability for working as a counsellor.
All applicants are required to declare whether they have been convicted of, or are being prosecuted for, a criminal offence. The Police Vetting Process will reveal all criminal convictions. Students will be advised of the following:
Please be aware that if you are going to be working with children, in certain circumstances some specified offences are not permitted, pursuant to the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. We recommend that you fully disclose all convictions to MIT prior to enrolment, so that we can discuss the potential implications on your eligibility to participate fully in your course of studies, including the practicum and your likely eligibility/suitability for employment once you graduate.
Applicants may be required to provide a health declaration that they are emotionally, mentally and physically capable of undertaking the demands of the counselling programme as required in the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) Code of Ethics (revised 2016) (see Further reports may be requested with the consent of the Applicant.Further reports may be requested with the consent of the Applicant.
9.1.2 Academic

Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme:

NCEA Level 3 NCEA University Entrance or equivalent
Three subjects - at Level 3, made up of:
14 credits each, from the three approved subjects
Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
5 credits in reading
5 credits in writing
Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
achievement standards - specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).


Successfully completed a minimum of 60 credits at level 4 in the area of Social Science, Health Sciences or Education e.g. New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 4 (Strands in Social Services, Mental Health and Addiction Support, Community Health Work).
Applicants 20 years of age and over ideally will meet the minimum entry requirements.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements, but feel that they have the skills or experience to be successful in this programme.

English Language entry requirements
Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English.
Any Applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency as follows:
Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an-overall lELTS (Academic) band score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.5) or equivalent achieved within the preceding 2 years.
This will be demonstrated by meeting the current NZQA requirements. For the minimum English language requirements refer to the following website and

Regulatory requirements
Not applicable.
In accordance with NZAC's criteria for the selection of counselling personnel, all Applicants will be interviewed to determine personal, academic and professional readiness to study professional counselling.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Bachelor of Applied Counselling is to produce graduates who can work effectively as a beginning practioner in an area of specialist practice, for example with Maori, Pacific Islanders, or other ethnicities in their region, or in development, or social services whilst also developing skills and knowledge to work collaboratively across these fields. Graduates will be prepared for career opportunities and practice in a range of social and community services. The degree will also assist graduates to develop transferable skills essential for successful participation and leadership roles in the workplace.

What graduates earn

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (07) 312 9907
Fax: (07) 307 0836

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