Student Counsellor



OFO No: 263505





Other name for Student Counsellor:

  • School Counsellor


What is a Student Counsellor?

A Student Counsellor provides assistance and support to students, parents of students, teachers etc. The kind of counselling they provide can be helping students with:

  • emotional or personal problems
  • learning difficulties
  • assisting with anything relating to student life

What does a Student Counsellor do?

  • meets and interviews students and/or parents
  • analyses this information
  • designs programmes to help them reach their goals
  • monitors success of programmes
  • provides counselling and therapy where required
  • assists students to develop skills to cope with their problems
  • facilitates group sessions
  • keeps in contact with teachers, lecturers etc
  • keeps detailed records

Are you . . . ?

  • caring and understanding?
  • dedicated?
  • passionate about helping people?
  • a hard worker?
  • a person with a positive attitude?
  • a motivator?
  • a good communicator?
  • a good listener?

How do I become a Student Counsellor?

You will need a qualification.


  • A Bachelor’s degree / honours with a major in Psychology
  • This can be done at most universities.


  • A Bachelor’s of Psychology degree (Student Counselling)
  • Followed by an internship in related field
  1. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  2. UKZN
  3. University of Pretoria
  4. UNISA
  5. Stellenbosch University
  6. University of Venda
  7. University of the Western Cape
  8. Walter Sisulu University


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 




To practice as a Counsellor, you must be registered with the HPCSA.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Rehabilitation Counsellor or Special Needs Teacher

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