University of Canberra

Graduate Diploma in Counselling

University of Canberra

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00212K

This course is a professional qualification in counselling, offering a flexible pathway for entry-level 'helping professionals'. Studying in a supportive learning environment with a focus on skills development, students will: Learn the skills to identify challenges in the counselling field and implement ethical and realistic solutions. Communicate knowledge, ideas, and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and interdisciplinary contexts. Gain an understanding of the principles of ethical and professional practice and respect all aspects of diversity. Demonstrate a critical understanding of major theories, models and techniques specific to counselling. Display a high level of understanding of major evidence-based research theory and current practices in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. With a focus on experiential learning, the student will be offered a counselling placement, participate in small group supervision and a five day face-to-face residential.


24 credit points


  • Counselling

Standard entry requirements

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit, work experience and the number of available places. Have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline. No Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be offered for any units included in this course. Students are required to undergo a National Police check and relevant state-based checks (i.e. Working with Vulnerable People Check, Working With Children Check) as required by each placement agency in order to be accepted for each unit that includes a placement.We recommend that students progressing to this course from the Graduate Certificate in Counselling (SCC401) complete the four Graduate Certificate units before progressing to the Graduate Diploma or Master to ensure a smooth enrolment transition.

Study pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Community Counselling is an exit award only in the Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Canberra Domestic: $25,700
  • Online/Off-campus : 1.4 years

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