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Master of Counselling: Re-accreditation 23 June 2017

Renewal of course accreditation

Report on renewal of accreditation of three higher education courses of study offered by Christian Heritage College

 

A delegate of TEQSA has renewed the accreditation, under section 56 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Act 2011 (the TEQSA Act), of the following higher education courses of study offered by Christian Heritage College for a period of seven years until 23 June 2024:

  • Master of Counselling
  • Bachelor of Counselling [formerly known as Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling)]
  • Diploma of Social Science

TEQSA has, under subsection 53(1) of the TEQSA Act, imposed one condition on the accreditation of the Master of Counselling and the Bachelor of Counselling [formerly known as Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling)]. Christian Heritage College must:

Condition 1:

By 30 November 2017 Christian Heritage College is required to:

a) engage an independent, external academic expert to review the aims, rationale, design, content, reading lists and assessment for both courses, required to successfully differentiate the courses at AQF levels 7 and 9 (PCAS 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.6).

b) provide a report, approved by its Academic Board, documenting changes made to each subject in the Bachelor Counselling [formerly known as Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling)] and the Master of Counselling on the basis of the external expert's recommendations. The report is to include revised course learning outcomes, course outlines and assessment aligning with the appropriate AQF level (PCAS 1.1, 6.1, 5.1).

The course accreditation covers delivery at all Australian sites.

Main Reasons for the Decision

TEQSA considers that the decision to apply a condition to Christian Heritage College's application for accreditation of two courses of study is consistent with the basic principles for regulation in Part 2 of the TEQSA Act, as Christian Heritage College is at risk of not complying with a number of the Threshold Standards. TEQSA considers that the risks of non-compliance with the Threshold Standards involve a number of matters that may affect Christian Heritage College capacity to manage and deliver these higher education awards.

  • The broad issues which relate to the Bachelor Counselling [formerly known as Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling)] and the Master of Counselling include:

    a) PCAS 1, 5 and 6 in relation to ensuring sufficient differentiation between the courses as per the AQF requirements.