LEVEL 7

3 Years

BYOD

Bachelor of Counselling

The Bachelor of Counselling (Level 7) is designed to train ethical, professional counsellors; skilled and knowledgeable in counselling practice. Students who successfully complete the Counselling Level 5 course or the Certificate in Interpersonal Skills (Year 1) are eligible to enter the final two years of the degree. 

On-campus classes enhance the theoretical depth of your knowledge and awareness, underpinning the practical counselling experience. Over the two-years of study counselling, you will complete 200 hours of face-to-face counselling practice. Our Counselling course is underpinned by three core values and philosophical themes of learning which are embedded throughout all papers: Self-awareness, Cultural sensitivity and Christian worldview.

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.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Counselling will be well-developed in self-awareness and strongly competent in engaging in and maintaining a therapeutic relationship and process with clients. They will also have completed the requirements for provisional membership to the relevant professional bodies New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association (NZCCA) and New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

Click HERE to download the Application Booklet. This will give you a clear understanding of all of the required documents and the process to follow to enable you to enrol.

Upcoming Intakes

Christchurch
10 Feb 2020

Fees

Domestic Fees
$6100

International Fees *
$16395

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

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN

YEAR 2 - CORE PAPERS

  • Person-Centred Counselling
    Developing personal awareness and apply Person-Centred theory and practice in placement work with clients
  • Personal and Professional Integration
    Integrating self-awareness, personal growth, Christian spirituality, and person-centred philosophy into a holistic way of being personal and professional.
  • Supervised Professional Practice
    Developing professional competency by integrating theoretical learning into supervised counselling practice within an approved agency context.
  • Working with Contextual Issues
    Evaluating and applying therapeutic models and interventions, and developing professional competencies, around contextual issues.
  • Cultural Competency for Counselling in Aotearoa NZ
    Developing competency and ethical cultural practices counselling Māori and other cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Working with Family Members
    Exploring the concept of family and relationships from historical, cultural, and Christian perspectives

YEAR 3 - CORE PAPERS

  • Personal and Professional Integration
    Reviewing personal and professional integration as a practicing counsellor.
  • Supervised Professional Practice
    Further extending the integration of counselling theory and practice within an approved setting, and developing a professional practice and identity.
  • Mental Health and Disorders
    Developing holistic knowledge of mental health and disorders, identifying appropriate approaches and interventions for these presentations, applying this knowledge to counselling practice, and exploring ethical, cultural, and spiritual perspectives on mental health care.
  • Working with Contemporary Ethical Issues
    Developing professional competencies around contemporary issues in counselling, integrating ethical, legal and Biblical knowledge and understanding.

Year 3 - Electives

  • 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
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WILL YOU GET

Bachelor of Counselling (Level 7)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Domestic Students

  • Be at least 24 years of age when the programme begins
  • Complete a NZ Police Vetting Service Request and Consent form
  • 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 written
    work which will be evaluated for literacy and comprehension levels
  • Attend an interactive group selection day and an individual
    interview as part of the application process. Applicants need to
    show their ability, and readiness, to fully engage with the course
    requirements
  • Provide evidence of an appropriate level of computer literacy. This
    will be evaluated during the selection process
  • Applicants may be encouraged to complete a Tertiary level study
    preparation certificate or equivalent prior to commencement
    depending upon academic skills/ability
  • Domestic applicants whose first language is not English will be
    interviewed to assess their level of English competency and may be
    required to complete a placement indicator test

International Students

  • International students for whom English is a second language must
    have an IELTS score of 7 with no individual band lower than 6.5, or
    a recognised equivalent test
  • International students are required to obtain a police
    certificate from their country of origin

Provisional Entry

  • Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who
    do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to
    succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the
    programme
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE REQUIREMENTS

Our Counselling Courses require you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College.
Below are the minimum specifications required for this course, anything less than this will not open the programmes required.

Windows 10 Operating System (from January 2020 any Windows version less than 10 will not be able to connect to the ATC New Zealand wireless network)
Intel Celeron
4GB of memory
320GB+ Hard Drive or 128GB+ Solid State Drive
Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.

Career Opportunities

Psychotherapist - Kaihaumanu Hinengaro

Psychotherapists help individuals, couples or groups identify, understand, and manage emotional and behavioural problems.

Youth Worker - Kaimahi Taiohi

Youth workers support young people, work with them and their families, help them build healthy connections, and give guidance in health, education, training and employment.

Counsellor - Kaitohutohu

Counsellors help people to deal with their feelings and responses, solve problems and create change in their lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Over the second and third years you will complete over 200 hours of face-to-face supervised counselling practice. This will give you the chance to experience what its like working in a counselling profession, while learning valuable knowledge and skills.

Yes! Each year of the Bachelor of Counselling is able to be taken part time and spread over two years. Complete the full degree in 3-6 years

Studying for a qualification is a serious commitment, like a full-time job, so any work should be part-time and not interfere with your classes or study.

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