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Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Epsom Campus

Summary

Gain comprehensive knowledge of the theory and research that underpin counselling practice. This programme is also a pathway to the Master of Counselling.

Programme overview

If you have a bachelors degree in education, counselling, nursing or social work and at least three years’ practical experience, this programme can broaden and advance your career. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of the theory and research that underpin counselling practice, and develop the skills necessary for effective counselling with diverse clients. You will undertake supervised practical counselling work in community settings. This programme can provide the foundation to pursue research at masters level.

If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with a GPA of 5 or higher in the most advanced courses taken, you can apply to enter into the second year of the Master of Counselling to complete the masters qualification. To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

Programme structure

The PGDipCounsTh is equivalent to the first year of the Master of Counselling (MCouns).

If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with a GPA of 5 or higher in the most advanced courses taken, you can apply to enter into the second year of the MCouns to complete the masters qualification.

To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

120-point taught masters

Requirement:

90 points: Core courses in Professional Counselling, Counselling Laboratory, The Counselling Process, Cultural Issues in Counselling, Professional Issues in Counselling, Research and Counselling.

30 points: Elective courses from Education Professional Studies, Education, Professional Counselling, Professional Supervision, Social Work Health Practice, or a 700 level course in another subject as approved by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate)

Where could this programme take you?

The PGDipCounsTh is suitable for experienced and aspiring individuals who wish to develop a beginning level of skill and theory in counselling that will assist them to develop and extend their careers as counselling professionals. If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with GPA of 5 or higher in the most advanced courses taken, you can apply to enter into the second year of the MCouns to complete the masters qualification. To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Counsellor in community settings
  • Counsellor in government agencies (such as ACC, Corrections Department)
  • Counsellor in private practice
  • Counsellor in schools, and other secondary and tertiary settings
  • Health and welfare services counsellor
  • Human resource counsellor
  • Not-for-profit agency counsellor

Further study options

  • Master of Counselling

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in education, counselling, nursing, social work or a similar profession from a recognised university (or similar institution).

You will also need at least three years’ experience in teaching, counselling, nursing, social work or similar profession.

Note: If you already hold the same or a substantially similar qualification, you may not be admitted to this programme.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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