Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Excelsia College

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is ideal for anyone in a helping, allied health, educational, ministry, and/or community support and welfare profession who desires to integrate counselling skills and mental health knowledge into their current vocation. Students are exposed to contemporary theory, research, and clinical practice, equipping them to confidently provide quality relational care and support to those encountering life difficulties in an empathic, ethical and therapeutic manner. The course is designed for those in a helping; allied health; educational; ministry, church and mission field; and/or community support and welfare professions who desire to integrate counselling skills and mental health knowledge into their current vocation/employment role.

Course Fee:

Australian: $18,100
International: $22,350

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor Degree OR Provisional admission to the Graduate Diploma of Counselling may be granted where an applicant has a combination of prior learning, professional skills and/or vocational experience deemed by the Admissions Committee to be equivalent to an undergraduate degree. Applicants given provisional admission will normally have to complete two bridging units before commencing the Graduate Diploma.


Nested within the Master of Counselling program, Graduate Diploma comprises of 8 units of study, totally 48 credit points. It includes the following units: Counselling Practice I, II and III; Counselling Theories and Models, Development and Diversity, Ethical Issues and Practice, Mental Health Issues in Adulthood, and Relational Dynamics. It is offered as a one-year full-time course over one academic year or as a two-year part-time course.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

Students who obtain a pass or higher grade for all academic and counselling competency assessment tasks in Counselling Practice I, II and III and successfully pass all other units may transfer to the Master of Counselling with full credit for all studies completed in the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

Further information:

The School of Counselling does not consider completion of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling as adequate preparation for a career as a professional counsellor.


The overall Masters of Counselling is a PACFA accredited course [Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia - PACFA].

Who for:

Allied health care professionals, teachers, nurses, pastors and those working in ministry and mission fields

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 02664K

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Macquarie Park No info Yes 2 years
Macquarie Park No info Yes Full time 1 year
Macquarie Park No info Yes Part time 2 years
Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute) was founded in 1983 as Australia's first Christian arts college and provides outstanding academic and artistic training in the context of a stimulating and supportive environment. The College offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees bringing a biblical perspective to a range of professional studies. All courses are delivered by recognised industry professionals and respected scholars who prepare students with the knowledge, skills, confidence and resilience needed for a successful career.

Excelsia College qualifications are highly regarded and graduates enjoy strong rates of employment, distinguishing themselves by their professionalism, ethics and sense of social responsibility. Vibrant, creative and committed professionals, they are thoroughly prepared for effective engagement in their workplaces and communities.

Provider CRICOS: 02664K

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