Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Victoria University (VU)

This program is designed to provide a professional foundation in the theory and practice of counselling. The course is appropriate for individuals working within professional contexts that require the application of counselling skills or for individuals wishing to move towards employment in these human service fields. The course provides students with the opportunity to develop their theoretical view of counselling, to practise skills acquired in the field placement and to integrate the theory and practice of counselling. There are two streams of the course: Adult Counselling and Child and Adolescent Counselling; students can choose which area they wish to focus their degree. Students have included social workers, nurses, teachers, community workers and students with an undergraduate psychology major.

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate degree; demonstrated commitment to professional development in counselling; interview may be required.


96 credit points; consisting of 8 units of study of which 6 core units of study and 2 are elective units for the general stream. For the Child and Adolescent stream 7 core units and 1 elective unit. Where students are eligible for exemption form APT5035 Theories and Techniques of Counselling, they will be required to complete an extra elective unit.

Subjects you can Study:



Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

Who for:

Multicultural services, counsellor, community/youth worker, welfare teacher

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00124K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City Flinders No info No Part time 2 years
Footscray Nicholson No info No Part time 2 years
Victoria University is the only university in Australia to use the block teaching model, which has been in operation throughout Sweden and parts of North America for more than four decades.

First-year and second-year students at Victoria University complete one subject every four weeks, are assessed, and then proceed to the next four-week unit. Immersion in each subject allows students to master it, rather than juggling four units at once. From 2020, all students will be taught in this way.

Victoria University is one of only six Australian universities to combine higher education and vocational and further education with its Victoria University Polytechnic, which is based on multiple university campuses. The Polytechnic creates pathways direct to the workforce or to university degrees.

VU College offers English language courses, pathway diplomas and courses for international students at its Melbourne and Sydney campuses as well as offshore with international education partners.

Provider CRICOS: 00124K

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