Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman UTAR

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman UTAR

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Bachelor of Social Science Hons Guidance and Counselling Fees Structure, Admission, Intake, Deadline

  Study Mode FULL TIME
  Duration 4 Years
  Intake January, May, October


Overview of Bachelor of Social Science Hons Guidance and Counselling in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman UTAR Malaysia

Guidance and Counselling is a process of helping people to discover and develop their educational, career, and psychological potentialities and thereby to attain an optimal level of personal happiness and social usefulness. 

The UTAR Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) Guidance and Counselling programme aims to equip students with the comprehensive professional knowledge and skills for managing various psychological issues such as developmental challenges, behavioral difficulties, socioemotional distress and psychological stress from critical events and work. Students will be trained to work towards improving people's psychological well-being and achieving their full potential. 

The Faculty of Arts and Social Science is operating the UTAR Community Counselling Centre all year round. Students have extensive opportunities to observe and assist licensed counsellors and clinical psychologists in managing a wide range of clients.The curriculum of this programme is designed above and beyond the Malaysian Board of Counsellor's Standards and Requirements of Training for Counsellors. The programme aspires to produce highly competent and ethical professional counsellors.


Graduates are expected to register with the Board of Counsellors Malaysia, and can seek employment in education, health, training, sports, welfare support, consultancy and public relations, human resource management and research.


Year 1

  • Cognitive Psychology 
  • Educational Psychology 
  • Fundamental Counselling Skills 
  • Introduction to Psychology 
  • MPU3 
  • National Language/Other Languages 
  • Personality 
  • Professional Ethics in Counselling 
  • Research Methods in Behavioral Science 
  • Statistical Techniques for Behavioral Science I 
  • Theories of Career Development 
  • Theory and Practice of Counselling: Psychodynamic and Affective Approaches 

Year 2

  • Career Guidance and Counselling 
  • Communicative English 
  • English for Social Science 
  • Lifespan Development: Adult and Ageing 
  • Lifespan Development: Childhood and Adolescent 
  • MPU1* 
  • MPU1** 
  • Organisational Behaviour 
  • Psychoeducational Group 
  • Psychological Testing in Counselling 
  •  Statistical Techniques for Behavioral Science II 
  • Theory and Practice of Counselling: Cognitive and Behavioral Approaches  


Year 3

  • Abnormal Psychology: Adult and Ageing 
  • Counselling Elective I 
  • Elective I 
  • Group Counselling 
  • Mental Health Assessment 
  • MPU4 
  • Multicultural Counselling Competency 
  • Physiological Psychology 
  • Project I 
  • Project II 
  • Psychology of Diversity 
  • Sun Zi's Art of War and Business Strategies 
  • Theory and Practice of Counselling: Postmodernism and Contemporary Approaches

Year 4

  • Abnormal Psychology: Childhood and Adolescent 
  • Consultation in Counselling 
  • Counselling Elective II 
  • Counselling Internship 
  • Counselling Practicum


Counselling Elective I - Choose 1 course

  • Creative Approaches in Counselling 
  • Crisis and Trauma Counselling 


Counselling Elective II - Choose 1 course

  • Community Psychology and Counselling 
  • Health and Rehabilitation Counselling


Elective I - Choose 1 course

  • Computer Systems and Applications 
  • Interpersonal Communication 
  • Oral Communication and Interpersonal Skills 
  • Public Speaking and Oral Presentation 

National Language/Other Language - Choose 1 course

  • Bahasa Kebangsaan (A) - For Malaysian only, without SPM-BM credit
  • Communication Tamil For Health Sciences
  • Introduction to French
  • Introduction to German Language
  • Introduction to Japanese
  • Introduction to Korean
  • Introduction to Tamil Language
  • Introduction to Thai Language


  • MPU 1* - Choose 1 course

    • Hubungan Etnik - For Local Students
    • Malaysian Studies 3 - For International Students


  • MPU 1** - Choose 1 course

    • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 - For International Students
    • Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (TITAS) - For Local Students

MPU 3 - Choose 1 course

  • Culture and Communication 
  • Development Trends in Malaysia
  • Introduction to Political Science 
  • Introduction to Sociology

Co-curriculum - Choose 1 course

  • Art, Craft, and Design
  • Arts and Cultural Performance
  • Community Project
  • Language, Culture and Social Study Aboard
  • Managing Personal Finance
  • Music Performance
  • Oral Communication
  • Social Entrepreneurship Project
  • Study Soft Skills and/or Life Skills Abroad
  • Team Work and Collaborative Project
  • Work Ethics and EQ


  • Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)
  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)
  • A-Levels
  • South Australian Matriculation (SAM)
  • Canadian Pre-University (CPU)



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