Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling (50C)

This course is in teach-out and is not accepting new admissions

Overview  2024

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 1 Year


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

This course is not currently accepting applications.
Ever wondered why individuals behave the way they do? Individual differences such as personality and intelligence can impact behaviour in a variety of contexts, such as stress and coping, which can influence psychological well-being.

Explore this further with the Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling, where we provide you with an introduction to the understandings of human behaviour, the impact of chronic health conditions on quality of life, and applied counselling skills. We will provide you with a snapshot into what a career in Counselling and Psychology can offer, and provide insight about a range of contemporary approaches to stress management, which can be applied in everyday life.

You will learn about: the concept of stress as it is understood within the biopsychosocial model of health; the impacts of stress on the brain and body; and how stress affects people’s general health and wellbeing. Then you will explore the theory and practice of stress management approaches within a self-care content. Our approaches include mindfulness and meditation, positive psychology (e.g., gratitude, flow), biobehavioural approaches (e.g., exercise, nutrition, sleep), and creativity. You will cover a lot of ground with the four units we offer, providing you with some very useful insight into the world of Psychology, and providing essential skills you can apply to life in general.

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Course Coordinator Alison Canty
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  • 1 Explain human behaviour through reference to counselling theories and research evidence.
  • 2 Apply appropriate knowledge of ethical and professional standards relevant to the practice of counselling across different contexts.
  • 3 Demonstrate developing understanding of counselling principles and their application to the self and others
  • Career outcomes

    Counselling and Psychology fall within the Health Care and Social Assistance sector, which is due to experience 15% growth in employment over the next four years. As we have witnessed with recent global events, mental health support is crucial to the health and well-being of individuals in our society, further highlighting the importance of this workforce. Labour Force Survey June 2019.

    The Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling provides you with essential foundation skills in counselling which you can apply to facets of everyday life. You will exit this course understanding the impact external factors such as our health, stress and self-care can have on our mental health, and our health and well-being more broadly. You can further develop your skills to enter careers in the social assistance and health care sector which includes counselling, health services support, criminal justice, neuroscience, policy and planning, human resources and much more.

    This course leads into the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences where you will further explore the study of human behaviour, as psychology plays a role in all aspects of our everyday life. If you aim to become a registered psychologist, you’ll need to complete an APAC accredited fourth year psychology qualification, e.g. Honours in Psychological Sciences.

    Course structure

    In this online unit you will learn about a range of contemporary approaches to managing stress and enhancing wellbeing which can be applied by individuals. As a foundation, you will learn about stress, coping, well-being and happiness, considering different models…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Human behaviour is not universal. Why do individuals behave the way they do? Lecture content will introduce and explore theoretical descriptions of individual differences such as personality and intelligence that can impact behaviour in a variety of contexts, as well…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit introduces students to major theoretical and empirical perspectives on the psychology of health and wellbeing. It examines the psychosocial determinants of health and wellness as well as psychological theories of health protection and illness prevention. Issues relating to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit provides an overview of foundational counselling concepts, theories, and skills. In this unit you will be introduced to the main theoretical perspectives and values that underlie counselling practices. You will learn to apply counselling microskills that underpin effective…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    This course is not currently accepting applications.

    Applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years) This course uses ATAR and equivalent ranks as part of the admission process. Applicants with previous higher education study • Completed UTAS University Preparation Program or an equivalent enabling program offered by another Australian university; OR • Completed course at Diploma level or above at any Australian higher education provider (or equivalent overseas qualification); OR • Partially completed a course at Associate Degree level or higher at any Australian higher education provider (or have partially completed an equivalent overseas qualification). Applicants must have completed the equivalent of at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points). If an applicant has failed any units, the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made. Applicants with previous VET / TAFE study • Completed Certificate IV or above. Applications on the basis of work or life experience This course does not accept applications based on work or life experience. Prerequisites Nil

    This course is not available to international students. Please enquire online for advice on alternative course options.

    Credit for appropriate studies completed from other university courses may be granted. Refer Rule 6: Part 3 Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning.

    This course will articulate into 53F Bachelor of Psychological Science.

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    This is a full-fee course, which means you’ll need to pay the full amount for your studies. Commonwealth Supported Places are not available in this course. However, there are still support options available for eligible students to help you manage the cost of studying this course.

    You may be able to fund all or part of your tuition fees by accessing a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists domestic full-fee students to pay for University, which is repaid through the Australian Tax System once you earn above a repayment threshold. This means you’ll only have to start repaying the loan once you start earning above a specific amount

    Our scholarships and prizes program also offers more than 400 scholarships across all areas of study. You can even apply for multiple scholarships in one easy application.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).


    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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