Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

305378 v.2 Graduate Diploma in Counselling


This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas


This course is suitable for personnel working in a range of health, educational and human service areas. It develops knowledge and skills in interpersonal communication, group leadership and an understanding of health and human development issues. It also enhances the existing experiential knowledge base of students and is an introduction to further training in professional counselling. It enables students to specialise in either addictions or general health counselling. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the Master of Health Counselling.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelor degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline and at least one year full time or equivalent work experience in interpersonal service provision, for example teachers aide, social trainer or volunteer telephone counsellor. Applicants without a tertiary degree or equivalent but who meet the requirements for tertiary entrance and whose professional experience indicates they would benefit from the course are encouraged to apply and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

The fee-paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Intermediate Awards I

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of the Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course appear below.

Intermediate Awards II

Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Course Organisation

Students will be required to complete some units externally and to attend lectures for the other units in block form, for example two-day workshops held during the semester and occasionally on weekends.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment within health, educational and human service industries.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

309574 v.1   Health Major   200.0
309575 v.1   Addictions Major   200.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1       Y  
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2       Y  

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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