Intoroduction

The Certificate in Psychology and Counselling gives you the requisite knowledge of these two important disciplines to begin your career.

This Certificate program is part of the pathway to achieving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specialising in Psychology and Counselling. It is accredited by the ACCPH.

 

Key Info

Duration: 6 months*

 

Start: Anytime

Prerequisites:

  1. High school certificate; or
    2. A relevant industry apprenticeship qualification; or
    3. Over 21 with proven and relevant experience.

 

Program Structure

The course is flexible, at-your-own-pace, and consists of five compulsory modules and one elective module (a total of 60 ECTS must be completed):

Compulsory Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

Hover over a module title to find out more 

BPS101 Introduction to Psychology

Develop your ability to analyse aspects of a persons psychological state and apply derived knowledge to motivate that person. This provides a solid introduction/foundation for further studies of psychology covering such things as the nature and scope of psychology, neurological and environmental effects on behaviour, personality, consciousness, perception, needs, drives and motivation.

BPS102 Psychology and Counselling

Develop your ability to analyse psychological conditions, and apply that knowledge in real world situations such as counselling or advisory roles.

BPS307 Abnormal Psychology

Develop your ability to identify psychological disorders, and determine when to refer clients for treatment. The course will also be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about common psychological disorders, their causes and treatment. PREQUISITE: BPS101

BPS210 Developmental Psychology

Understand how physiological and psychological changes over the lifespan affect human behaviour. Parents and carers will gain greater insight into issues that present particular challenges at different stages of the life span, especially from adolescence to old age. This module also sets the theoretical framework complementing the Child Psychology module.

Research Project I

This module encourages you to construct a problem statement, identify relevant literature, then develop a hypothesis. You will also be required to look at data sources and complete a research proposal. The module will help you to understand how to structure a thesis, complete an ethics form and draft a thesis to post graduate level.

Elective Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

Select one module from the list below:

BPS108 Biopsychology

Our behaviour is influenced by both our psychological and our physical conditions. Moreover, our state of mind and our physical conditions affect each other. This course will further your understanding of human psychology and health with scientific insights into the body-mind relationship. Therefore, it is of particular interest to those who have studied or want to study psychology, as well as to health practitioners.

BPS302 Life Coaching

Develop an appreciation of how different perceptions of the world can be just as critical as knowledge, skill and opportunity in a person’s success or failure. Also covers coaching processes, coaching skills and goal setting; and is equally relevant to developing both physical and psychological well-being in the client.

 

How will I learn

The program is conducted entirely online. You can begin ANYTIME. Upon enrolment, you will receive an email with an access code for our online learning system within 48 hours. You may be required to do an orientation course in academic writing (non-examinable) beforehand.

Modules are split into readings, set task activities, and assignments. At the end of each module, you will be required to sit for an examination and/or submit a project.

 

Learning Support

You will get unlimited email support throughout the program, on every module/course. Feedback is provided for every assignment that is sent in. In some instances, telephone support can also be arranged.

Progression

When you achieve this qualification, you can begin on your Diploma.

Fees:
Fees refer to tuition only. It does not include ancillary expenses such as required materials (see above), textbooks, internet connections, postage, telephone calls, insurance and printing. 

 

Duration:
Time varies depending upon exemptions, performance and the workload. Accreditation for Prior Learning or Experience (APEL) can reduce time and fees. Part of a degree pathway.