Bachelor of Applied 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 Applied Counselling (Level 7) is a professional social service qualification, underpinned by Māori philosophy, for students wishing to become counsellors.

The programme features both Māori-centred and Western theory and models of counselling practice. The focus on Māori/indigenous methodologies provides a unique opportunity for students to develop strong foundational knowledge about the inter-generational influences of colonisation, and associated impacts on whānau and hauora. From this, students will develop skills and knowledge in counselling with tangata and whānau Māori, tikanga, and culturally-appropriate practices through the context of whakapapa and whanaungatanga.

This is an applied qualification, with placement forming a significant part of the programme. The focus on applied practice in counselling enables students to put classroom learning into practice under the guidance of experienced practitioners, and grow their experience to gain the skills and knowledge sought after in a range of social service and health professions and in the wider community.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Of good character; genuine desire to work in counselling Commitment to living and role-modelling health and wellbeing with a clear intention to be of service to others Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills Acceptance of the values of a wide range of people and sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others Capability for tertiary study at L7 ACADEMIC NCEA L3 (3 subjects of 14 credits each), Literacy at L2 or higher (5 credits reading, 5 credits writing), Numeracy at L1 or higher (10 credits or package of 3 numeracy standards) OR successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits in social science, health sciences or education areas Any application whose first language is not English must provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic band) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0) Recognition of Prior Learning/Current Competency - evidence of current on-the-job experience in health or social services and/or prior qualifications/practical experience equivalent to L6 if seeking RPL/RCC Other requirements - successful NZ Police vetting check; two character references attesting suitability to work as a counsellor; applicants may be required to provide a declaration of their health status; all candidates will be interviewed.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$6,977 $20,932
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$6,589 $19,767
Total $13,566 $40,699

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

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

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

Where does this information come from?

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NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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