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Graduate Diploma in Counselling

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time; up to 4 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The University of New England's (UNE) Graduate Diploma in Counselling equips you with the professional training required for employment in a wide range of counselling contexts. Through advanced theoretical knowledge and practical counselling skills, you'll be well prepared for a rewarding career as a counsellor.

This course will ready you for working with individuals, couples, families and groups in a variety of diverse settings. You'll cover a number of key counselling areas, including loss and grief, trauma, child and adolescent counselling and group therapy.

This diploma also provides an ideal pathway to the Master of Counselling course, and is accredited with the Australian Counselling Association.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold an AQF Level 7 bachelor's qualification in the same or a closely-related discipline* from a recognised educational provider; OR
  • Hold an AQF Level 7 bachelor's qualification in a different discipline from a recognised educational provider and hold a Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice from the University of New England; OR
  • Hold an AQF Level 8 postgraduate qualification in the same or a closely related discipline* from a recognised educational provider.

*Closely-related disciplines include the following: counselling, psychology, social work, children's services, youth work, care for the aged, care for the disabled, residential client care, welfare studies, human welfare studies and services.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this counselling course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Integrative counselling skills
  • Integrative counselling theory
  • Child and adolescent counselling
  • Counselling for loss and grief
  • Counselling for trauma
  • Group work in counselling
  • Working systematically in therapy
  • Clinical supervision
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of New England.

Graduates will be equipped with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a career in professional counselling. The course provides opportunities in health, welfare, education and private practice settings.

This diploma is accredited with the largest registration body for Australian counsellors, the Australian Counselling Association. It also offers graduates a further study pathway to the Master of Counselling.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in counselling could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Community Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Worker
  • Religious Leader

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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