Bachelor of Counselling | Australian Institute of Family Counselling

Bachelor of Counselling

Bachelor of Counselling


Together, aifc and Stirling Theological College have undertaken a review of the counselling industry and future needs and explored how we can best serve and prepare students vocationally for ministry and the workplace.

The  Bachelor of Counselling Course offered by Stirling Theological College follows on in the pathway from aifc’s Diploma of Counselling and Stirling’s Advanced Diploma in Counselling.

The Bachelor of Counselling Course is expected to be delivered primarily as an online course, with the option for in-person seminar intensives for students who wish to attend them. 

A pathway in Professional Counselling

The Bachelor of Counselling and Advanced Diploma in Counselling program are offered by Stirling Theological College who partner with aifc to create the counselling pathway: 

  • Phase 1 (AQF level 5) CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling (aifc)
  • Phase 2 (AQF level 6) Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Stirling/UD)
  • Phase 3 (AQF level 7) Bachelor of Counselling (Stirling/UD)
  • Phase 4 (AQF level 8) 1900NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Christian) (aifc)
  • Phase 5 (AQF level 9) Master of Counselling (Stirling/UD)

Frequently Asked Questions:

I have completed a Diploma level course with aifc. Can I enrol into the Advanced Diploma in Counselling through Stirling/UD?

Yes, aifc students who have successfully completed a Diploma of Counselling with aifc will be able to enter the Advanced Diploma in Counselling with Stirling. Students will need to meet the recommendation to continue requirements.

I have just started the CH51015 Diploma of Counselling in 2019, what could my study path look like?
  • Year 1 (AQF level 5) CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling (aifc)
  • Year 2 (AQF level 6) Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Stirling/UD)
  • Year 3 (AQF level 7) Bachelor of Counselling (Stirling/UD)
  • Year 4 (AQF level 8) Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Christian) (aifc)
  • Year 5 (AQF level 9) Master of Counselling (Stirling/UD)
  • HDR (AQF level 10) Doctor of Philosophy (Stirling/UD)  – subject to meeting UD requirements for higher degrees by research)
How will the student experience differ between aifc’s CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling and the Stirling/UD Advanced Diploma of Counselling?

Subjects in the Advanced Diploma will reflect important elements of the aifc Christian ethos and content whilst introducing higher education standards.  The course is being designed so that the delivery reflects the aifc-Stirling partnership, including the sense of community amongst students across year and course levels. 

What is the difference between Vocational Education Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE)?

aifc is a VET provider, whereas Stirling is a Higher Education provider.  Both VET and HE providers offer qualifications that are nationally recognised. VET qualifications aim to provide a practical, work-oriented skills base, whereas HE has an emphasis on knowledge, theory, and the development of critical thinking skills. There are also differences in the grading and assessment process, with VET qualifications using competency-based assessment, and HE qualifications generally using a grading approach to assessment.

I’m not sure that I want to pursue all these courses. For now I am just enrolled in the Diploma course. Do I need to decide now?

Students can choose to enrol in just one course and no more, and don’t need to decide on completing the full pathway in sequence.

aifc is pioneering a program of personal and professional development courses to equip students, alumni and the broader Christian community (both nationally and abroad) with shorter, non-accredited course options and workshops that are relevant, tailored and responsive to immediate needs.  The aifc equip program will provide online and short form face to face courses for people wishing to keep adding to their portfolio of transformational knowledge and skills, but who don’t necessarily want to go down the higher education path or commit to a long duration course (or at least not yet!).  Watch this space for more.

Can I apply for FEE-HELP?

FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible full fee paying students pay their tuition fees at university and other approved higher education providers. If you are an Australian citizen in a full fee paying course, you may be eligible to defer your tuition fees using FEE-HELP. You need to fully understand your obligations in the before applying for FEE-HELP. Click here for more information.

Express your interest in the Bachelor of Counselling

If you are interested in hearing more about the new pathway and the Bachelor of Counselling, please complete the form below and we will ensure that you are kept up-to-date with the latest information.

Contact aifc

Phone aifc 9am-5pm (AEST) Monday-Friday with the exception of public holidays. 

Phone: 1300 721 397


For any expressions of interest or questions about our new Bachelor of Counselling program, please fill out an enquiry form below. 

What should I look for when choosing a provider?

When choosing the Provider for your christian counselling education, it is important to ask yourself



Our courses integrate theology, psychology and spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.


Taught by professionals

Our trainers and assessors are all experienced professionals in their field. High quality teaching, combined with one-on-one access to trainers makes the difference.



aifc offers both live online and face-to-face training. You choose which delivery mode is best suited to your lifestyle and work commitments.


Our courses include a range of VET accredited qualifications and non-accredited short courses. aifc is also the only Christian counselling provider to be accredited by ACA, CCAA and is a member of ITECA.



Finding a course that fits your budget is important. With funding options and Austudy & Abstudy available to eligible students, our courses continue to be affordable and within reach of those seeking to become a qualified counsellor.


Membership to aifc Counsel

An innovative online counselling platform, that offers state-of-the-art counselling features with the opportunity to collaborate with your counselling peers and build a thriving counselling practice.


At aifc, our sole focus is to train and equip Christian Counsellors. More than just a counsellor, a Christian counsellor trusts in God and listens to His still small voice above all else.

It’s a big difference.

Nicholas Marks, CEO aifc

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