The Graduate Diploma of Counselling will teach you the technical and theoretical aspects of professional counselling, integrated with a Christian worldview. This course has an emphasis on vocational readiness and will teach you to apply counselling skills with integrity and professionalism. The units from this course can be used for credit towards the Masters-level counselling degree.
The course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:
- 80 credit points of core subjects
For more information see the Student Handbook.
AcademicApplicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with recent high school education only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.Applicants with Higher Education Study
Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline by an authorised institution for admission into this course.Applicants with Work and Life Experience
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with no higher education study are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Essential Entry Requirements
All applicants must submit a Statement of Intention as part of their application for admission into this course. This should include the email and phone contact details for at least one professional referee.
The Program Director or delegated representative may conduct a pre-admission interview for applicants as part of their application for admission into this course. As part of this interview, applicants will be assessed on the presence of some fundamental human capacities, their self-awareness and relational capacity, capacity to understand and practice ethical behaviour and willingness to follow the PACFA Code of Ethics, capacity to reflect on and learn from experience, and willingness to participate in a planned and structured client contact setting.
All students are required to complete the new Working with Children Check online before they will be allowed to participate in professional practice subjects. Students will be classified as a ‘volunteer’.
Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.
Delivery Mode: Face-to-Face, Online, Intensive
Locations: Hobart, Sydney and Online
Duration: 1 year full-time/up to 3 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2
Languages of Instruction: English and Korean
Course Learning Outcomes
- integrated understanding of key issues, theoretical
concepts and practices within counselling context;
- knowledge of various approaches used in counselling within the Christian worldview framework;
Demonstrated ability to:
- critically apply knowledge developed for use in
- use critical, evidence-based and innovative
thinking skills to analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other
disciplines related to counselling;
- effectively communicate ideas and proposed
solutions to peers and general audiences;
- identify and critically evaluate new
developments and scholarship in counselling;
Application of Knowledge and Skills:
Demonstrated ability to:
appropriate solutions to emerging counselling challenges;
broad conceptual frameworks in counselling;
- critically and independently apply the knowledge and skills required as an informed counselling practitioner.
Graduates may find employment in a range of
professional and educational contexts, not-for-profit and mission-focused
organisations, chaplaincy positions, community service-orientated positions,
and positions that require research skills and critical thinking.
For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.
CRICOS Course Code
This course is not currently available to International Students.