Graduate Diploma of Counselling

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is a nested course within the Master of Counselling, designed to provide an introductory body of knowledge in the discipline area of counselling for students who have not met the requirements for direct entry into the Master of Counselling. The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is designed to produce graduates who embody integrity, professional knowledge and social skills, making a positive contribution to society. 

This course is not currently available. 

This course is overseen by Dr Rebecca Loundar.

Course Structure

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
To qualify for award of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.


For more information see the Student Handbook.

Admission Criteria

Academic

Applicants 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’.

Language

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.

Study Modes

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

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, MCU and Professional development dates please see our Timetables.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

Demonstrated:

  • integrated understanding of key issues, theoretical concepts and practices within counselling context;
  • knowledge of various approaches used in counselling within the Christian worldview framework;  

Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • critically apply knowledge developed for use in counselling;
  • 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:

  • articulate appropriate solutions to emerging counselling challenges;
  • evaluate broad conceptual frameworks in counselling;
  • critically and independently apply the knowledge and skills required as an informed counselling practitioner.

Career Opportunities

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.

Student Services

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.