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Bachelor of Health Science - Counselling Major

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


AUT South Campus


Study health sciences with us and we’ll help you develop the skills to meet the changing needs of global healthcare. AUT is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse health education provider.

Our population is growing and we’re living longer, increasing the need for dedicated and inspirational healthcare graduates. AUT's health sciences degree is developed with input from district health boards and leading health organisations. You can specialise in a specific health discipline or become a health professional in a non-clinical role.

You learn from staff who are leaders in their field and have a genuine desire to see you succeed. This means you’ll be well prepared for your career in the health sector, no matter where you go.

The Counselling major prepares you to work with a diverse client base as a counsellor.

You become familiar with the history and theory of counselling, and the relational counselling model. AUT's counselling degree includes 200 hours of counselling practice, bicultural learning, marae visits and knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi issues. This degree is suitable for mature students and those with appropriate life experience.

AUT counselling graduates are eligible to apply for provisional membership of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) to begin practising as a counsellor.
Key features:

  • The only undergraduate counselling degree by a New Zealand university
  • Workplace experience: Includes 200 hours of counselling practice and 10 hours of external supervision
  • Prepares you for application as a provisional member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors
  • Offered at the South Campus

Career opportunities:

  • Community counselling agencies
  • Counsellors in schools
  • Mental health providers
  • Maori health providers
  • Pacific health providers
  • Refugee and migrant services

Entry criteria

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 or University Entrance.

Must be capable of meeting Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) including police clearance. Interview may be required.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; GIE with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.

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