Charles Darwin University

Diploma of Counselling

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K

Do you seek a career that will make a positive impact on the health and well-being of those in your community? Or perhaps you are wanting to build on your knowledge in human services? The Diploma of Counselling may be the course you are looking for. During your course, you will explore key areas such as psychology, trauma assessment and intervention, alcohol and other drugs as well as build on your communication skills.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCommon Units(2 units)20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)Plus either:CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology ORCUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title 2016)Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.Core Units(4 units)40cpCompulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. PSY140 Introduction to Psychology APSY141 Introduction to Psychology BSWK102 Communication SkillsPSY390 Counselling Specialist Electives(2 units)20cpUnits totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.PSY143 Traumatology - Assessment and InterventionPSY202 Developmental PsychologyAOD301 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other DrugsPSY340 Behavioural Therapies  80cpTotal Credit PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information. 


  • Health and Medicine, Society and Welfare Studies

Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $28,224 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
CDU Online International: $28,224 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

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