Student admission requirements are consistent with Australian Quality Framework requirements and ensure that students have adequate prior knowledge and language competency to undertake the course successfully. Refer to Phoenix’s Student Selection and Admissions Policy for more specific information.
Policies and Procedures
Entry to the Associate Degree of Holistic Counselling and the Bachelor of Holistic Counselling may be obtained by meeting the criteria of one of the following categories.
Category A: Post Year 12 Entry
An applicant may be admitted after the successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate or equivalent and Satisfactory performance at an interview to determine suitability for the course and ability to cope with higher education studies and an approved period in the work force.
Category B: Advanced Standing Entry
For Phoenix graduates, application for Advanced Standing Entry can be made for up to eight subjects after the successful completion of the Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy or Diploma of Holistic Counselling or up to 8 subjects for the Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling or Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy.
Application for Advanced Standing Entry for graduates from other tertiary institutions or other higher education provider recognised under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 who have studied in a relevant area can apply for RPL and/or credit transfer for equivalent Subjects/Units.
In addition to any credit transfer granted on application, applicants must demonstrate satisfactory performance at an interview to determine suitability for the course and ability to cope with higher education studies and an approved period in the work force.
Category C: Special Entry
An applicant who is 21 years of age at the commencement of the calendar year in which the application is made and who does not have the formal qualifications to be admitted in either Category A or B for entry into the Associate Degree of Holistic Counselling (see above) may be admitted on the basis of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for relevant life or work experience and satisfactory performance at an interview to determine suitability for the course and ability to cope with higher education studies and an approved period in the work force.
Category D: Special Entry Access Schemes
An applicant may be admitted under specific Access and Equity conditions.
Access and Equity applications may be made where an applicant has been unable to reach his/her full potential or who has had restricted access to a course of choice because of life circumstances. Applications in this entry scheme may be made in the following areas: non English speaking background; difficult family circumstances; rural or isolated disadvantage; personal disability; or long term medical condition.
The procedural requirements for this category of entry shall be those identified by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) for the relevant Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS) category which apply to the year of proposed entry and satisfactory performance at an interview to determine suitability for the course and ability to cope with higher education studies and an approved period in the work force.
English language proficiency requirements
If English is not your principal language, or if the language of instruction for your prior qualification was not in English, you need to provide proof of proficiency in English. This is through an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score of 6.5 or higher with no sub score less than 6, or completion of an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course, or an equivalent score in an English language test recognised by the Phoenix Institute. This proof of proficiency must have been attained within the past two years.