Bachelor of Counselling

Button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Bachelor of Counselling (BCouns) is a three year degree designed for students who want to integrate Christian faith with a range of sound, well-established counselling theories and practical skills, in order to enter into community, church-based or private practice. The degree has a common core of biblical, theological and philosophical studies which provides a foundation for a deep appreciation of the Scriptures and the outworking of the Gospel in life and professional practice. Formation is a vital component of the BCouns.

Much of the learning happens in personal counselling and in group process, in which all students participate each semester. It is in these groups that deep and enduring formation takes place.

The minimum period of study is three years full-time or an equivalent part-time (a part-time option is only available after consultation with the Programme Leader).

The BCouns is currently offered in Henderson and Christchurch.

Click here for information about admissions requirements for the BCouns. For any other information, please refer to the academic handbook (see e-book).


PROGRAMME SUMMARY

LEVEL 7, 360 credits
DURATION Full-time for three years (part-time options may be available at the discretion of the Programme Leader. Please contact the Admissions Office in the first instance)
STARTS February and July (part-time)
PLACES Open – selection criteria apply
CAMPUS Henderson, Christchurch
TUITION FEE (per full-time year of study) $6,204 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of the BCouns are prepared for professional counselling work in a variety or roles and settings which may include:

  • Personal counselling
  • Private practice
  • Schools
  • Family and health support roles
  • Community development
  • Workplace assistance and chaplaincy
  • Christian pastoral work
  • Churches
  • Social service agencies
  • Innovative postgraduate research

  • OBJECTIVES

    The Bachelor of Counselling programme is designed to equip students with a range of counselling skills; teach them to critically engage with a range of counselling theories; and develop their ability to integrate these with a relational theological approach, in order to prepare them for professional practice. It is designed for students who want to integrate Christian faith with a range of sound, well-established counselling theories and practical skills, in order to enter into community, church-based or private practice. The degree has a common core of biblical, theological and philosophical studies which provides a foundation for a deep appreciation of the Scriptures and the outworking of the gospel in life and professional practice.

    The programme meets the criteria established for provisional membership of the professional associations for counsellors in New Zealand, the NZAC and the NZCCA.


    PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

    The BCouns is a three-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. It is made up of 24 courses of 15 credits each, at levels 5, 6 and 7.


    *Or other Theology course as specified by the Head of Programme.


    TIMETABLES

    Click on the relevant campus timetable to find out when the various courses are taking place.

    If you would like to discuss your study options or become a “Student for a Day” please contact:

    For Henderson and Manukau:

    Tracey Hunt: [email protected] or 09 837 9768

    For Christchurch:
    Contact 03 354 4270


    SEMESTER ONE 2020

    S1 2020 International Applications Close 1 November 2019
    S1 2020 International Scholarship Applications Close 1 November 2019
    Domestic S1 Early Applications Close 3 January 2020
    Counselling & Teaching Applications Close 24 January 2020
    Auckland Anniversary 27 January 2020
    BTeach Year 3 Begins 28 January 2020
    Theology Applications Close 31 January 2020
    Waitangi Day 6 February 2020
    S1 2020 Late Applications Close 14 February 2020
    Non-Formal/Interest Only S1 2020 Applications Close 14 February 2020
    Semester One Begins 24 February 2020
    Online Orientation Begins 24 February 2020
    Orientation week All campuses 24-28 February 2020
    April Graduation Applications Close 28 February 2020
    S2 2019 Supplementary Exams 28 February 2020
    Course Add/Delete End Date 6 March 2020
    Programme Withdrawal End Date 13 March 2020
    Semester 2 Applications Open 16 March 2020
    Intensives Week 23-27 March 2020
    BTeach Camp 26 March & 27 March 2020
    Auckland Graduation Ceremony 4 April 2020
    Good Friday 10 April 2020
    Easter Monday 13 April 2020
    Mid-Term Break 10-27 April 2020
    ANZAC Day Observed 27 April 2020
    S2 International Applications Close 1 May 2020
    Returning Students S2 Course Selections Open 18 May 2020
    S2 Early Applications Close 29 May 2020
    Queen’s Birthday 1 June 2020
    S1 Course Evaluations Open 8 June 2020
    S2 Counselling & Teaching Applications Close 19 June 2020
    Semester One Ends 26 June 2020
    S2 Theology Applications Close 26 June 2020
    S1 Supplementary Exams 24 July 2020
    Mid-Year Break 29 June – 17 July

    SEMESTER TWO 2020

    S2 2020 International Applications Close 1 May 2020
    Returning Students Course Selections Open 18 May 2020
    S2 2020 Early Applications Close 29 May 2020
    Queen’s Birthday 1 June 2020
    S2 2020 Counselling & Teaching Applications Close 19 June 2020
    S2 2020 Theology Applications Close 26 June 2020
    Mid-Year Break 29 June to 17 July 2020
    S1 2020 Course Evaluations Close 3 July 2020
    S2 2020 Non-Formal/Interest Only Applications Close 10 July 2020
    S2 2020 Late Applications Close 10 July 2020
    Semester Two Begins 20 July 2020
    Online Orientation Begins 20 July 2020
    Orientation All Campuses 20-24 July 2020
    S1 2020 Supplementary Exams 24 July 2020
    S2 2020 Course Add/Delete End Date 31 July 2020
    S2 2020 Programme Withdrawal End Date 7 August 2020
    Summer Semester 2020/2021 Applications Open 10 August 2020
    S1 2021 Applications Open 10 August 2020
    Intensives Week 17-21 August 2020
    Mid-Term Break 28 September to 09 October 2020
    Returning Students Course Selections for 2021 12 October 2020
    Summer Semester Early Applications Close 16 October 2020
    Labour Day 26 October 2020
    December Graduation Applications Close 30 October 2020
    S1 2021 International Applications Close 1 November 2020
    S2 2020 Course Evaluations Open 2 November 2020
    Summer School Applications Close 6 November 2020
    Canterbury Anniversary (Christchurch) 13 November 2020
    Semester Two Ends 20 November 2020
    2020/2021 Summer Semester Begins 23 November 2020
    2020 Programme Evaluations Open 7 December 2020
    Christchurch Graduation Ceremony 11 December 2020
    Christmas Break Laidlaw Closed 21 December 2020 to 04 January 2021