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Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling​​


  • Semester 1 starts 13 February 2017
  • 3 years fulltime
  • Part-time programme of study available as specified on the programme regulations
  • Fee Guideline: $6,796 per year
  • Wintec City Campus, Hamilton ​​

This programme is suitable for those who wish to develop a career as a professionally qualified Counsellor. Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling is a three year, 360 credit bachelor level qualification. There are 15 compulsory modules and two electives. 

Graduates will be able to enter the counselling workforce at a beginning practitioner level. Placement is a significant element in the programme. In Year 1 students will engage with a community agency in an observation capacity. In both year 2 and 3 they will undertake 200 hours of supervised placements which includes 100 hours of counselling and / or group work each year. In the final year of the degree students will select a practice focus and will choose electives relevant to that practice focus. There are three practice focus areas available: Mental Health and Addictions counselling; Māori-centred counselling; and, Family/Whānau counselling. Please note: not all practice focus electives are available every year.

Graduates of this programme with the Mental Health and Addiction practice focus will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as an Addictions Practitioner with dapaanz.

Graduates of this programme will also be able to apply for professional membership in a relevant professional body: NZAC, Te Whāriki Tautoko or NZ Christian Counsellors Association. Graduates will have developed a range of flexible skills and professional attributes that will position them well to be responsive to, and to work collaboratively within, the increasingly complex and interdisciplinary social service and health communities.


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Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
HSCO501Te Timatanga / Introduction to Counselling530
HSCO502Te Pikinga / Introduction to Professional Counselling Practice515
HSCO503He Tangata / Human Development and Psychology530
HSCO504Te Hāpori o Aotearoa / Introduction to Society530
HSCO505​Te Pū: Foundations of Treaty Based Practice515
HSCO601​Kaupapa Akoako / Counselling Theory and Practice630HSCO501,HSCO502
HSCO602​He Oranga Tinana / Counselling Change and Wellbeing in Practice615HSCO501,HSCO502 HSCO601​
HSCO603​He Oranga Tangata / Foundations of Practice in Mental Health and Addictions630HSCO503,HSCO504
HSCO604​Te Whānau / Working with Whānau615HSCO503,HSCO504
HSCO605​Te Ture / Law, Ethics and Policy615HSCO501,HSCO502
HSCO606​Te Weu: Developing Treaty Based Practice615HSCO505​
HSCO701​Kaupapa Arotake / Development of Counselling Practice730HSCO601​,HSCO602​,HSCO605​
HSCO702​Ngā Pou Kōrero / Presentation and Review of Counselling Practice730HSCO601​,HSCO602​,HSCO605​
HSCO703​Rangahau Māori / Research and Professional Practice715HSCO601​,HSCO602​,HSCO605​
HSCO704​Te More: Transforming Treaty Based Practice715HSCO606​


Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
HSCO705Assessing Addictions Issues and Co-existing Problems
HSCO706Counselling Interventions in Addictions and CoExisting
Problems (CEP)
HSCO609Te Hunga Rangatahi / Working with children and young people615HSCO604​
HSCO707Ngā Iwi Taketake / Indigenous Liberation Studies715HSCO504,HSCO505,HSCO606
FSIN713Kaupapa Tirohanga / Developing Issues Focussed Practice715FSSC602 and FSSC603 or FSSC603 and FSCO603 HSCO601,HSCO602
FSIN714Te Whakaruruhau / Care and Protection715FSSW605 or FSCO612 and FSCO613,HSCO601,HSCO602
HSCO607Ngā Rongo 1615HSCO505,HSCO606
HSCO608Ngā Rongo 1615HSCO505,HSCO606,HSCO607
Any other approved 15 credit module 5,6 or 715

Entry Requirements:

​​General Academic Admission

Candidates are required to have:

  1. University Entrance which is NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
    1. 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects[1]; and
    2. Literacy[2] (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
    3. Numeracy[3] (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
  2. A relevant qualification at Level 4 on the NZQF ; or
  3. Equivalent.

Special Admission​​

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission.  Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.  Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.​

If you don’t meet the entry requirements to the courses, we offer four Certificates that will help prepare you for enrolment in the programme:

Application Process

  1. Check that you meet the entry criteria (see above)
  2. Submit your Application to Enrol form as well as the completed additional information form.
  3. On this additional information form, you will be requested to provide contact details, including email addresses, for referees who will then be sent a link to complete a reference online
  4. Receive acknowledgement of your application
  5. The selection interview process involves:

    1. Group process where participants share their experiences that have led them to the programme – this is facilitated by the programme tutors.
    2. One on one interview with one of our tutors – this is an opportunity to review your study plans and discuss opportunities within the Centre for Health and Social Practice
    3. Written exercise that applicants will need to complete at the time of their interview – this is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing and comprehension skills.

      The selection interview process will consider:

    • ability to undertake academic work to the standard required;
    • communication skills – verbal and written, in both interpersonal and group contexts;
    • awareness and knowledge of the Te Tiriri o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi;
    • awareness of your own beliefs and values;
    • ability to work independently and part of a group.

  6. Completion of a personal and professional declaration form, police vetting form and Vulnerable Children Act (VCA) Safety Check processes.
  7. Application assessed by the review panel
  8. Application outcome - You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application
  9. Confirmation of entry - You will be sent a letter of offer - you need to sign and return the letter to accept your place. 

Career/further opportunities:

Graduates of this programme will be eligible for provisional membership of professional associations.

Registration of counsellors is currently not mandatory; however, the current benchmark for counselling practice is membership of an appropriate professional association with an appropriate code of ethics such as the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC), Te Whāriki Tautoko, or the New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association (NZCCA). Counsellors working in the addictions field in the health workforce require DAPAANZ registration.

Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of social service positions primarily in not for profit social service agencies (NGOs) in counselling or related roles. Graduates may pathway into several relevant postgraduate programmes at Wintec and/or other tertiary education providers. Postgraduate study will enable counsellors to practice at a more advanced level in specialist roles. 

Examples of where some of our graduates have gained employment:

  • Specialist Support Worker, Community Living Trust, Hamilton
  • Support Worker, IDEA Services, Hamilton
  • Support and Information Coordinator, Parent to Parent and Altogether Autism, Hamilton
  • Regional Branch Manager, Lifeline Aotearoa, Hamilton
  • Private Practitioner (self-employed)
  • Facilitator, Hamilton Abuse Intervention Project
  • Clinician - Counsellor, Safe Network, Hamilton

​​Want to know what it's like to work as a counsellor?

Read Helen Bryant, Wintec Counselling ​graduate's story here.

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