Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling
Level 7

Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling

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  • Locations and dates


    14 February 2022
    Year 1
  • Study options

    Full-time and part-time study options available

  • Length

    3 years full-time, with 41 total weeks per year (35 teaching weeks plus 6 weeks of study breaks)

  • Total credits


  • Fees


    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


If your aim is to become a professionally qualified counsellor, this is the programme for you.

If you achieved University Entrance (UE) in 2020, the entry requirements for this programme may differ from those displayed on this page and in printed material due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. To find out about entry requirements for those who achieve UE in 2020 see the NZQA website(external link).

After completing this programme, you’ll be able to enter the counselling profession at a beginning practitioner level.

Practical placements are an essential part of the programme and you’ll spend time working in community agencies and organisations.

There will be opportunities to experience counselling yourself and be involved in a group process in your first year.

In your final year, you’ll be able to select a practice focus in either Mental Health and Addictions counselling, family/whānau counselling or working with children and young people.

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be able to apply for provisional membership of a relevant professional body such as the NZAC, Te Whāriki Tautoko, DAPAANZ or NZ Christian Counsellors Association.

You’ll have developed the skills and professional attributes to enable you to work collaboratively within this increasingly complex and interdisciplinary sector.

Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

Academic Requirements: University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits Level 3 and 20 credits Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits Level 3 in each of three approved subjects as well as Literacy - 10 credits Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing, and - Numeracy 10 credits Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627) OR Qualification or examination recognised as equivalent to achievement of NCEA Level 3 (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination) OR Relevant qualification at Level 4 on the NZQF; or equivalent Alternative Requirements: Applicants unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager (or delegate) English Language Requirements: If English is not the applicant s first language, they will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Table: IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 in each band), Note: Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact NMIT for an assessment The English Language requirements for this programme are higher than the minimum set by NZQA, therefore; applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance may be required to provide evidence of English Language skills. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test. Other Requirements will include but are not limited to; - Formal Interview - Referee Checks - Police Vet Check - Risk Assessment - Declaration of pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. - Attending a selection interview/hui.

Detailed requirements
More information about entry to this qualification

Duration Learn more

3 Years

Tuition fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees Learn more $6,496 $19,488
Government tuition subsidy Learn more $9,693 $29,080
TOTAL Learn more $16,189 $48,568
Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information Learn more StudyLink

Student success Learn more

Successful course completions 91%

National Graduate Outcomes Learn more

3 years after completion
Median earnings Learn more $48,169
Earnings range Learn more $37,731 - $54,842
In employment Learn more 75%
In further study Learn more 19%
On a benefit Learn more 1%

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Learn more about Key Information for Students








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