Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Counselling)

Curtin University of Technology

Provides students with basic counselling skills to complement their knowledge of psychology.

The course prepares students for working in a counselling role, or for further postgraduate studies in psychology and counselling.Course Learning Outcomes
Apply and evaluate sustainability principles in problem solving relating to the psychology of human behaviour.
Communicate ethically both inter-personally and in group contexts to a range of diverse audiences through a variety of formats including expression in research reports and proposals, online and through portfolio, interviewing, written, oral and listening skills.
Communicate knowledge and ideas demonstrating interpersonal skills and essential counselling skills relevant to an entry level professional helping role.
Critically evaluate the rigour of theoretical and methodological approaches when deciding on, initiating, planning, designing and conducting research that address psychological research problems in professional contexts.
Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the history and philosophy of psychology as a scientific pursuit of topics and theories for understanding personal, social, cultural including indigenous, organisational, and global human behaviours.
Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of psychology.
Demonstrate a capacity to self-reflect and assume responsibility for self-awareness in preparation for working professionally in the field of counselling.
Demonstrate an awareness of counselling practice that is astute to human diversity in all its forms including issues of power differences.
Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and skills in the foundations of Counselling.
Demonstrate clear understanding of the importance of a developmental focus and its application to understanding individuals, couples, families and groups at a local and global level.
Demonstrate initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving, and decision-making appropriate to engaging professionally with others in a supportive counselling role.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sustainability issues and principles and their application to engaging with, maintaining and terminating a professional relationship within an entry level counselling context.
Develop counselling transliteracy including an appreciation of the distinctness of the consulting room context.
Exercise critical thinking and judgment to identify and solve problems as applied to understanding the dynamics and process of individual counselling and psychotherapy.
Generate, apply and evaluate basic research methods to address psychological problems, including research design, data analysis and interpretation, including the appropriate use of technologies.
Integrate entry level counselling knowledge and skills into diverse contexts.
Integrate theoretical and technical knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the core topics of psychology to delineate psychology as a scientific discipline and describe its major objectives.
Recognise how prejudicial attitudes that exist in the reasoning of oneself and others can lead to discrimination and inequity.
Reflect on the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity and other values that are the underpinning of psychology as a discipline.
Review, analyse and synthesise psychological knowledge by engaging in both critical thinking and sceptical inquiry to solve problems related to human behaviour at a personal, social, cultural, organisational, and global level.
Review, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate foundation psychodynamic, humanistic and systemic counselling theoretical frameworks.
Use creativity, innovation and the ability to generate ideas to work constructively in a supportive professional role.
Work collaboratively in groups producing quality counselling knowledge.

At a Glance

Course level Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 067338J
Institution Name Curtin University of Technology
Campus Location Joondalup
Institution Type University
Course Duration Full Time 3 years Start Semester 1 or 2 Part Time 6 years Start Semester 1 or 2
Course University Curtin University of Technology

About Curtin University of Technology

Curtin is an innovative, global university known for its high-impact research, strong industry partnerships and commitment to preparing students for jobs of the future. Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse university with Australia’s third largest international student population.



  • Who We Are
    Since our inception, we have taken an innovative approach towards teaching and research.Our campuses are vibrant, welcoming spaces that value diversity and difference, emphasise industry connections and practical learning, have a strong commitment to social justice, and foster a forward-thinking culture for our students, staff and the wider community.In line with developments in Perth, we are beginning to transform our main Bentley Campus into a cultural hub where members of the community can live, study, work and socialise together as part of the Greater Curtin project. Our focus is always on delivering excellence and strengthening our position as a leading global university, according to our vision, mission and values.
  • What We Do
    Curtin’s commitment to excellence in teaching and research extends beyond course delivery. We forge significant, mutually-beneficial partnerships with industry and community organisations to share the benefits of our research outcomes and provide students the opportunity to learn in real workplaces.
  • Our Global Focus
    As a leading global university, we strive to research and educate in ways that address international issues and challenges.If you join us as a student or staff member, you can expect to build life skills, join an international community and become part of a forward-thinking culture committed to sharing innovative ideas.Our research has become increasingly prominent on the international stage, which has resulted in us being ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018.Our teaching is delivered to a high standard across all our locations. Our campuses in Australia, Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius and Singapore are viewed as equally important, and we try to emphasise connections and collaborations as much as possible in our daily practices.
  • Sustainability
    To be a truly future-focused university, sustainability has to be at the heart of everything you do. At Curtin, sustainability is one of the pillars of our strategic plan and our commitment to it is evident throughout our teaching, research, buildings and plans for the future.
  • Teaching
    Our sustainability offerings examine policies and practices and address the complexities of the new global sustainable development goals that aim to support people, planet, prosperity and peace.Our sustainability program has a strong emphasis on professional practice. You will apply your skills and knowledge to real-life issues through professional work and community engagement and individual projects provide opportunities for research into real-world issues.
  • Research
    Drawing on expertise in design, construction, management, geography and planning and health, we explore and solve issues of sustainability as it applies to corporate responsibility, the natural and built environment, transport, energy usage and more through collaborative research projects.
  • Visit Curtin
    Over the years, Curtin’s physical expansion has mirrored its forward-looking nature and responsiveness to the changing needs of its students, partners and the broader communities it serves.Curtin is now a global university with campuses in Australia, Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius and Singapore, as well as partnerships with more than 130 institutions worldwide.
  • Policy & Governance
    John Curtin was a leader who believed that a great university should ‘look ever forward’. Our policy and governance frameworks have been developed to ensure we honour this ideal.
  • Jobs at Curtin
    Joining Curtin as an academic or professional staff member will give you the opportunity to carve a rewarding career in a highly flexible and friendly environment.

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