Graduate Diploma

of Counselling

Develop your understanding of appropriate and
professional approaches to support those in need

   Qualification / Award    CO45 Graduate Diploma of Counselling
   Length    1 years full-time / 2 years part-time
   Credit Points    48 (8 Units)
   Delivery    On Campus
   Available to    Domestic / International
   Course Accreditation    ACA and CRICOS (056056K)
   Financial Information    FEE - HELP for Domestic Students - Course Fees Page
   AQF    Level 8
   Key Dates    Application Deadlines and other Key Course Dates


The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is ideal for anyone in a helping, educational, ministry and/or community support and engagement profession who desires to integrate counselling skills and mental health knowledge into their current vocation.

Students are exposed to a range of theoretical, therapeutic and clinical models and techniques, acquiring an understanding of:

(i) appropriate and professional approaches to supporting those in need and;
(ii) contemporary mental health issues and related life challenges.

Whether you are a nurse, paramedic, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, social, community or welfare worker, or involved in another helping profession; teacher/educator; minister, pastor, priest or other church worker; member of the police force; engaged in community development etc., become equipped and confident to provide quality relational care and support to those encountering life difficulties (e.g., crisis and trauma, grief and loss, relational difficulties, illness or disability, employment issues, mental health issues etc).

Students who satisfactorily complete the Graduate Diploma of Counselling can advance to the Master of Counselling. The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is designed to equip individuals whose profession/employment calls for some mental health and wellness/strengths-based counselling (e.g. incidental counselling). Students are exposed to contemporary counselling theory, with an emphasis on the development of practical skills relevant to a variety of counselling situations and challenging life issues.

Student Workload: 10 hours per unit per week (includes provision for personal study)
Austudy approved

Delivery Mode

The School of Counselling provides a flexible timetable, allowing students to coordinate study with family, employment, church and other commitments.
  • Each semester consists of two 7 week blocks (Block A & Block B per semester)
  • Each semester runs for 16 weeks, with a 2 week mid-semester break
  • Full-Time students complete 2 units per 7 week block (four units per semester)
  • Part-Time students complete 1 unit in 7 week period (two units per semester)
  • Classes are face-to-face delivery at our new campus in Macquarie Park, NSW
  • Classes are held Friday 1pm-7pm or/and Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Part-time students can select either the Friday or Saturday classes
  • Full-time students need to complete both the Friday and Saturday classes

Recognition of Prior Learning

If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within 6 weeks. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are eligible for credit or RPL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.

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