Bachelor of Counselling

Gain the skills to practise professionally. Learn to be a competent, critical and reflective practitioner. Build a sound theoretical base. Develop the skills to practise independently and co-operatively. Work with others. Put your skills into practice with a work placement.

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What you will learn

  • Evaluate a wide range of counselling theories and practice 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
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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.

Patti was inspired to study the Bachelor of Counselling by working with youth

Career options

  • Counsellor
  • School Guidance Counsellor

Upcoming start dates

  • 17 July 2017

For open days, enrolment deadlines and other important dates check our calendar.

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)


If you’re 20 years or over, contact us to see if you qualify for special admissions on our programmes.

What it will cost


  • Fee: $6,384

    This is an annual fee, which is reviewed each year. For part-time fees, contact a Student Advisor. 

    Contact us for Trimester 3 fees. 

  • Course related costs: $269

  • 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


This programme is not available to international students.

Where will my course be?

The Wellington CBD campus is at 11-17 Church Street, Wellington.

Read more about our Wellington CBD campus.

The Auckland campus is at 450 Queen Street, Auckland.

Read more about our Auckland campus.

Ready to enrol?


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.


Contact our international team to check the suitability of this course for international students.