In this new and integrated vertical degree, you will gain a thorough grounding in the application of clinical, development, biological, cognitive, social and organisational psychology. You will then build on this broad knowledge base with studies in the specialist area of rehabilitation counselling. To acquire the advanced knowledge and skills to work as a rehabilitation counsellor, you will learn about vocational evaluation, job placement, injury management, disability studies, applied counselling and research methods. You will put this all into practice through an organisational placement.
This program is offered full-time at the Gold Coast campus and via external study. The Bachelor of Psychological Science courses are delivered on the Gold Coast campus and the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling courses are delivered on-campus and via external study (online with in-field professional placements).
From 2017, to be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.
Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.
Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.
Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.
Work-integrated learning is established in a core course (7313AHS) which is completed in the final trimester of study in the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling program.
Bachelor of Psychological Science: You will be prepared for a career in counselling, guidance, health management, social research, rehabilitation and other related fields including health and organisational workplaces. You may also be eligible for entry into a wide range of postgraduate degrees in areas such as social work, speech pathology, teacher preparation, forensic mental health, criminology and criminal justice. You will need to complete further study to work as a registered psychologist.
Master of Rehabilitation Counselling: You will be prepared to work as a rehabilitation counsellor in government, insurance, workers compensation and motor accident rehabilitation, disability employment services, and private and not-for-profit rehabilitation services.
The Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
The Master of Rehabilitation Counselling is accredited by the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA).
As a Bachelor of Psychological Science graduate, you will be eligible for Affiliate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society. Further study is required to qualify for provisional registration as a Psychologist.
Master of Rehabilitation Counselling graduates will be eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC) and the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA) subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by ASORC or RCAA. Students should contact ASORC and/or RCAA to confirm membership requirements.
There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.
Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.
A further year of study that leads to the award of Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) (2004) or Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) (2033) is available to students who meet the specified requirements for admission to the Honours program.
Students who complete the dissertation component of the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling will have a pathway to higher degree research study. Graduates who wish to continue onto higher degree research studies and have not completed the dissertation component would be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Health Research (4161) which provides the necessary preparation for entry into the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program.
These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:
|Year of study||Fee category/Band||Fee per CP||Tuition fee 80cp|
|2019||Fee Band 28.0||$350.00||$28,000.00|
|2018||Fee Band 27.0||$337.50||$27,000.00|
Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.
Master of Rehabilitation Counselling only
This program has been approved by the Australian Government for student income support (for example, Youth Allowance and Austudy). Students should contact Centrelink for more information about their eligibility for student income support payments.