Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling (50C)

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Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 1 Years


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.


Semester 1
Semester 1
Distance Hobart
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 809KB) for courses that are offered to international students

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.

Please visit our Certificates page for answers to frequently asked questions about the Job Ready Certificates.

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

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

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

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

This 13-week online unit provides an overview of counselling concepts and skills. In this unit you will be introduced to theories of counselling and basic communication skills. In addition, you will examine multicultural counselling and the ethical and professional issues…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

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

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


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

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