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Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling


Course Details

(Note: people studying part-time should refer to Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling Regulations for more information).


This programme is designed to meet the professional membership requirements of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC), Te Whāriki Tautoko, NZ Christian Counsellors Association and the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa New Zealand (Dapaanz).

Graduates are prepared to enter the counselling workforce at a beginner practitioner level in the context of a bicultural Aotearoa, New Zealand. You will have developed a range of flexible skills and professional attributes that will position you to be responsive to and able to work collaboratively within the increasingly complex and interprofessional social service and health communities.

Placement is a significant element of this programme.

There are three practice focus electives: 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.

You'll develop the skills to:

  • Demonstrate accurate empathy, genuineness and respect for others
  • Understand the social, political, and cultural context of counselling
  • Understand different cultural values
  • Articulate a sound theoretical base to counselling
  • Integrate your knowledge, skills and practice
  • Understand your own values and beliefs in relation to counselling
  • Understand professional codes of ethics

If you would like to find out more information about Dapaanz, click on the image below:


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
HSIP501​Te Pū515  
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 
HSIP601Te Weu615HSCO505​ 
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​ 


Please note: not all practice focus electives are available every year.

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 Studies715HSCO504HSCO505HSCO606 
FSIN713Kaupapa Tirohanga / Developing Issues Focussed Practice715FSSC602 and FSSC603 or FSSC603 and FSCO603 HSCO601,
FSIN714Te Whakaruruhau / Care and Protection715FSSW605 or FSCO612 and FSCO613HSCO601,HSCO602  
HSCO607Ngā Rongo 1615HSCO505HSCO606 
HSCO608Ngā Rongo 2615HSCO505HSCO606,HSCO607 
 Any other approved 15 credit module 5, 6 or 715  


Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DFNZ701Design Factory 1730  

The 30 credit module DFNZ701: Design Factory 1 can be offered as an option within any Wintec degree programme, wherever the degree programme structures allows such an option.  Admission into the Design Factory module is on negotiation with the Centre Director or delegated authority and selection into the module is in line with the Design Factory process.

Application Process

  • Apply online or download and complete an application to enrol form.
  • Complete the online Self-Disclosure form.
  • Ask your referee to complete the online Referee Questionnaire.
  • If you’re not sure if you meet the entry criteria complete the online Additional Information form so we’re able to assess your likelihood of success.
  • If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here. 

We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you’re a domestic student we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN), If we can’t we will need you to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport. 

Once you’ve submitted your application:

  • We’ll email you to confirm we’ve received it and let you know if there’s anything more we need from you.
  • We’ll assess your application and if you’re eligible to proceed we’ll  invite you to attend a selection interview

The selection interview process involves:

  • A group session where participants share their experiences that have led them to the programme – this is facilitated by the programme tutors.
  • A 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
  • A written exercise. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing and comprehension skills.

The selection interview process will take into account the following:

  • 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.

We will let you know the outcome of your interview as quickly as possible.

If you’re accepted to study, we’ll send you an enrolment offer letter – you’ll need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.

After you’ve accepted your offer

During your induction, you will be required to complete a number of safety checks to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. You can find out more about the safety check process and the Vulnerable Children Act here.

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

Entry Criteria

​​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:

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Transfer of Credit

Do you excel in your job but have no qualification to back it up? We can help you get qualified through our Recognition of Prior (RPL) Learning Tool.

While many people have gained work and life experience equivalent to that of formal study, they don't have that formal qualification to substantiate it. RPL allows you to use your current knowledge and experience towards gaining a recognised qualification through Informal Transfer of Credit.

The Process

If you are interested in applying, you can do so by emailing your profile through to:

There are four main areas you need to cover in your profile:
  1. Education History
  2. Experience Information
  3. Work experience Info
  4. Other evidence

Your profile will be forwarded to the relevant Team Manager to look at and determine if you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Once this has been determined, a consultation meeting will be arranged between yourself and the Team Manager. There is a $75 fee for this consultation. At the consultation, the Team Manager will discuss which modules they believe you have the experience to gain Informal Transfer of Credit for and also what documentation you will need to supply.

You will then need to put together the required documentation and send it through to us. The Team Manager will assess the documentation and advise if what has been supplied is sufficient. If sufficient information is provided to gain Informal Transfer of Credit, there will be a charge of $25 per credit which will need to be paid prior to any Informal Transfer of Credit being issued.


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