Bachelor of Social Science

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The Bachelor of Social Science in counselling is a comprehensive biblically grounded and practically driven counselling course which equips students to bring significant and tangible change to the individual lives of those entrusted into their care. Upon course completion, graduates are eligible to become registered counsellors with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). This could lead to a career in professional or pastoral counselling.

By integrating biblical theology, psychology and counselling theory and practices, students will gain confidence in their ability to effectively facilitate transformation, enabling clients to work through challenging life issues in a relationally-centred way. In understanding the various complexities which impact a diverse range of people, students will be professionally equipped to counsel clients holistically by engaging social, emotional, mental, spiritual and cultural needs in light of the gospel. Students will graduate with the theoretical and practical skills that are undergirded by a Christian ethos and worldview.

Career Options

  • Professional Counsellor (Registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) 
  • Pastoral Counsellor
  • Chaplain
  • Youth Worker
  • Social Welfare

Course Details

Course Specifications
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Every candidate must:

 

  • Be a Christian, 18 years or older

All students will also be required to demonstrate English Proficiency, which is equivalent to an academic IELTS band of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each subset. This can be demonstrated by either:

  • Evidence of the completion of studies undertaken only in the English language
  • Evidence of the completion of English studies undertaken at TAFE or an equivalent institution
  • Completion of an external assessment of English language, for example an IELTS (Academic Version)
  • Completion of an onsite English evaluation (applicable to domestic students only). Candidates will be required to attend the PBC campus to complete the evaluation.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Every candidate must either:

 

  • be qualified for admission to an Australian University,
  • have other acceptable post-secondary qualifications (e.g. PBC Diploma of Ministry with distinction average), or
  • qualify for admission as a mature age student.
DURATION: 3 years full time, or a maximum of 10 years part-time.
STRUCTURE: The course structure is based on 6 semesters (each 15 week duration), with 4 units taught in each semester. It comprises of:

 

  • 16 Core units
  • 6 Major’s in Counselling
  • 2 Counselling practicum capstone units

Each unit carries 3 credit points and graduates require a total of 72 credit points to successfully complete the course.

CORE UNITS:
ELECTIVE UNITS:
  • Self Care
  • Introduction to Group Work
  • Crisis Intervention/Trauma Counselling
  • Narrative Therapy & Positive Psychology
  • Counselling and Pastoral Care for the Aged
  • Addiction Counselling

Other PBC units accepted for elective credit:

PRACTICUM UNITS:
  • Counselling Practicum – Part A
  • Counselling Practicum – Part B

Course Completion

Students may exit the course at any given moment, and will receive a Statement of Attainment with a list of all the completed units.

Want to know more?

Perth Bible College (PBC) offers a Bachelor of Social Science through a Partnership arrangement with Australian College of Christian Studies (ACCS). ACCS is an accredited Higher Education Provider ID PRV12047. Bachelor of Social Science Admissions Information is available at: https://www.ccs.edu.au/counselling-and-chaplaincy/bachelor-of-social-science/

If you intend to apply for the Bachelor of Social Science or the Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling, please apply online here.