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Job Description for Course Advisor

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This is an example of a course advisor position job description that John Curtin College uses. This position isn’t vacant, it is provided as an example for schools to work with.

Example job description – COURSE ADVISER

 The Course Adviser will work as part of the Student Services team under the management of the Careers Coordinator.  The work mainly involves advising students and parents about course selections along with tertiary and vocational options.

Previous experience as a course adviser is highly desirable.

CONDITIONS :                                   Up to eight (8) periods of class time

LENGTH OF APPOINTMENT:        One (1) year with possible extension

ELIGIBILITY:                                     Permanent and temporary teachers are encouraged to apply.


  • Provide course advice to all students as required with a particular emphasis on Years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Maintain records of interviews and advice given.
  • Provide counselling and advice to allocated students on Course Advising Day, Term 3.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge base regarding issues such as college curriculum changes, School Curriculum and Standards Authority WACE requirements, tertiary entry requirements, alternate entry pathways, and new courses at tertiary institutions, WAAPA entry requirements, and VET programs, both within and outside the college, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • Work with the Careers Coordinator to deliver a careers program for Years 9 and 10 students.
  • Attend relevant PD sessions.
  • Provide counselling and advice to allocated students on Course Advising Day, Term 3.
  • Other duties as required by the Careers Coordinator.
  • Participate actively as a member of the Student Services team and support all Student Services Policies.


  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience in course advising students as well as parents /guardians.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the structure of the current secondary curriculum together with the requirements for secondary graduation and tertiary entrance programs, including State training providers, universities and WAAPA.
  • Demonstrated high level of effective communication with students, parents or guardians, and demonstrated support and commitment to the college community.



Author: Bev Johnson

A fantastic careers teacher may have changed my life. I've spent my career going from job to job. After washing cars and working in bars I went into marketing. I then became an English teacher. Teaching has been the foundation for a lot of my career. I went into TAFE where I designed participation programs, then into HR, then developed training programs for industry.  I taught e-commerce and developed systems to make it easier for organisations to work together. I kept going for scholarships and going back to uni along the way. At one time I became a world expert on collaboration frameworks, and discovered it was tricky having a conversation about THAT with anyone I knew!! I now focus on delivering information that helps careers teachers to be fantastic. You can tap into my expertise by subscribing to my newsletter. Contact me at or M: 0434056412

One thought on “Job Description for Course Advisor

  1. Brilliant opportunity if only I had the experience

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