Bachelor of Counselling

Bachelor of Counselling (Level 7) 

Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Counselling are eligible to enter the third and final year of the degree.  This year extends the supervised practicum, with students completing a further 100 hours of face-to-face counselling practice.


On-campus classes enhance the theoretical depth of students’ knowledge and awareness, underpinning the practical counselling experience. Students also choose two elective papers in this year, enabling exploration of more specialised topics. Depending on the options chosen students attend classes on Monday and/or Fridays.


The Bachelor of Counselling (Level 7) programme is designed to train ethical, professional counsellors; skilled and knowledgeable in counselling practice. Our graduates are well-developed in self-awareness and strongly competent in engaging in and maintaining a therapeutic relationship and process with clients.


The programme is underpinned by three core values and philosophical themes of learning which are embedded throughout all papers: Self-awareness, Cultural sensitivity and Christian worldview.


Graduates of the Bachelor of Counselling will have completed the requirements for provisional membership of the relevant professional bodies New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association (NZCCA) and New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).


As Vision College offers the Bachelor of Counselling from a Christian faith-based perspective, it is intended to develop graduates who can enter the counselling field with the competence to work across the mind-body-spirit spectrum, valuing the uniqueness of each individual in their journey towards healthy emotional well-being.


Bachelor of Counselling

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Course at a Glance

Bachelor of Counselling (Level 7)



Next Intake

19 February 2018

Course Length

3 Years full-time or Options available

Course Info

Level: Level 7
Credits: 360 (240 will come from the 2 prerequisite courses)


Domestic fees: $6,090 - $761.20 per 15 credit paper
International fees: $16395.00 per year or $2049.00 per 15 credit paper

Main Employment Outcomes:

Counselling Agency
School Counsellor


Level: 7
Credits: 360 (240 will come from the 2 prerequisite courses)




The Bachelor of Counselling extends the supervised practicum, with students completing a further 100 hours of face-to-face counselling.


Students also attend regular classes which occur on Mondays or Fridays depending on papers chosen.


These on-campus classes enhance the theoretical depth of students, underpinning the practical counselling experience. Students also choose two elective papers in this course, enabling exploration of more specialised topics.



Core Papers

 - Integrative Counselling
 - Supervised Professional Practice 2
 - Mental Health and Disorders
 - Working with Contemporary Issues


Elective papers

Students choose 2 elective papers:
 - Introduction to Research
 - Creative Therapies
 - Counselling Children and Young People
 - Grief and Loss Counselling
 - Alcohol, Drugs and Addictions
 - Abuse and Trauma Counselling
 - Working with Couple Relationships

Availability of subjects listed may vary.


Placement and Classes

The Bachelor of Counselling is placement based in an agency, where you will complete 100 face-to-face hours of counselling each year.

The majority of our Bachelor of Counselling students are full-time, although part-time study is also an option. The part-time option has specific requirements that you will need to discuss with the course coordinator at the campus you enrol at.

The placement can be near where you live, ideally in the area of counselling that you would like to specialise in.

You will also have classes on-campus to attend on Mondays or Fridays depending on papers chosen; delete rest of info relating to Hamilton in the rest of this block.

The schedule is subject to change slightly each year, and may also include some block courses on top of the regular classes.





 - Certificate in Interpersonal Skills Level 5 (First year of the degree)
 - Diploma of Counselling Level 6 (Second year of the degree)


All applicants must:

 - Be at least 24 years of age when the programme begins
 - Complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information (International students must provide a Police check from their home country)
 - Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via referee reports
 - Provide evidence of ability to succeed at undergraduate study level – the application process requires applicants to submit two essays which will be evaluated for literacy and comprehension levels as well as the ability to clearly articulate original thought
 - Attend an interactive group selection day and an individual interview as part of the application process
 - Provide evidence of computer literacy – this will be evaluated during the selection process


English Language

If English is not the applicant’s first language, they will be required to provide evidence of English language skill. Credits in English-rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions are also acceptable. If you have no evidence of your English language skills, contact us for an assessment.

For international students, an IELTS 7.0 (academic) with no individual band score lower than 6.5, or a recognised equivalent test will be required.


Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases, domestic applicants who do not meet the general admission requirements, including age, may be considered for discretionary admission.





The Bachelor of Counselling Level 7 will prepare you for:



A one-year teacher training course at a School of Education, A Masters Degree in Counselling



Counselling Agencies | School Counselling | Youth Work | Support aid | Community agencies | Pastoral Work | Further post graduate studies


Full-time and Part-time




Domestic Fees:
$6,090 - $761.20 per 15 credit paper

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

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International Fees
$16,395.00 per year or $2,049.00 per 15 credit paper

International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover. Click Here for more information

Course related costs can be found in the Application costs tab




Downloadable documents are available here for further information or application forms:

Info booklet: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Application booklet: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Course related costs: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Police Vetting Forms: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Police Vetting Guide: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)