Course essentials

VU course code:
AMPE
Duration:
2 years
Intake:
2018: February
CRICOS:
042907J
Fees:
2018: A$11,800 per semester

The Master of Counselling (AMPE) will extend your expertise in counselling theory and practice.

You will cover:

  • psychological theory
  • counselling interventions and psychological therapies (for adults, children, adolescents and families)
  • an understanding of a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and addictions
  • an understanding of the ethics of the ethics of counselling
  • practical skills through industry-based learning and placement
  • the completion of a practice-based minor thesis.

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Please note, this is not a psychology course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.

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We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

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Careers

Graduates find employment in human services fields such as:

  • multicultural services
  • counselling
  • family support
  • community work
  • refugee services
  • youth work

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review the theoretical knowledge of counselling theory and its application;  
  2. Exhibit an awareness of psychological theory relevant to their workplace and interests;  
  3. Appraise and articulate of the range of counselling interventions and psychological therapies offered by helping professions;  
  4. Develop a proposal using appropriate research methods deploying critical reading within the counselling literature; and  
  5. Further develop an applied knowledge of professional practice.  

Course structure

To attain the Master of Counselling students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of the following:

  • 132 credit points of Core studies; and

  • 12 credit points of Elective studies; plus

Full-time Option

48 credit points of Research studies

OR

Part-time Option

48 credit points  of Research studies.

Year 1

Plus

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of the following Elective list below

Electives:

Year 2

OR

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Domestic applicants with a Bachelor Degree in any discipline.
  • International: Overseas applicants who satisfy the entry requirements for Australian resident students (or demonstrate equivalence) must provide evidence of:
    1) proficiency in the English language: International English Language Testing System (IELTS or equivalent) - overall score of 6.5 and no individual band score less than 6.0.
    2) A Bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline.
  • Mature: Mature age applicants with significant professional experience, without a Bachelor Degree, may qualify for admission into this course.

English language requirements

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There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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