Bachelor of Counselling

Gain the skills to practise professionally, independently, and cooperatively. Learn to be a competent, critical and reflective practitioner. Build a sound theoretical base. Put your skills into practice in a work placement.

This programme is not open to new enrolments. See information below.

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What you will learn

  • Evaluate a wide range of counselling theories and practical frameworks
  • Develop an integrated understanding of counselling theory and practice
  • Use work placement, clinical supervision and personal counselling to become a reflective practitioner
  • Gain an understanding of common mental health disorders
  • Develop strong inter and intra-personal skills, team work and supervision skills
  • Gain competencies necessary for provisional membership with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors
  • This programme is not available for new enrolments. See details below for more information.
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This programme is not open to new enrolments.

All current full time students will continue in their current programme of study.  

We will work with all current part-time students to ensure a transition plan is in place.

New students wishing to study Counselling please see Bachelor of Counselling and Addiction Practice

Programme structure 

Learn more about individual courses we offer. Then complete the course selection sheet.

Programme requirements

Students will be required to engage in:

Personal Counselling
At a cost of between $80 - $120 per hour

  • 5 hours of personal counselling in Year 1 
  • 10 hours of personal counselling in Year 2
  • 10 hours of personal counselling in Year 3

Professional Supervision 
At a cost of between $50 - $120 per hour

  • 12 hours of professional supervision in Year 2 
  • 12 hours of professional supervision in Year 3

These costs are not included in the course fee and are paid to the agency/individual that provides this service.

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Career options

  • Counsellor
  • School Guidance Counsellor

Entry criteria

Under 20

NCEA Level 3, including:

  • Three subjects from the NZQA Approved Subjects list at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above

You also need a few other things:

  • Interview – to assess whether you have appropriate life experience and your likelihood of success on the programme
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two personal referees
  • Personal statement and health declaration
  • Police check (completed annually)

Only returning students can apply to re-enrol for this programme. Please contact us if you need further information.

20+

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the entry criteria as provided on the Under 20 tab.

Only returning students can apply to re-enrol for this programme. Please contact us if you need further information.

What it will cost

Local

  • Fee to be confirmed
  • Student services fee: $220

    Your student fee is included in your course fees. It is not billed separately. Amount shown is based on full year study. More details.

This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details

International

  • Fee to be confirmed

Where will my course be?

The Porirua campus is at 3 Wi Neera Dr, Porirua.

Read more about our Porirua campus.

Ready to enrol?

Local

Applying online is easy and takes only about 10 minutes.

You will need a few details:

  1. An email address you check regularly.

  2. The phone number of someone willing to be your emergency contact.

  3. Your date of residency if you are a permanent resident in NZ.

If you have your NZQA National Student Number and/or a WelTec Student ID it will help us process your application faster.

International

To enrol as a international student you will need to download and complete our international enrolment form.

Once completed, you may submit the form and accompanying documentation directly to WelTec International, or go through one of our registered recruitment agents.

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