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Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipCouns

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1647.5

AQF Level: 8

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Students enrolled in previous versions should discuss their course progression with their Course Advisor. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2016 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2011 to 2015 - 1647.4 Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Commencement Year 2010 - 1647.3 Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Commencement Year 2009 - 1647.2 Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Commencement Year 2008 - 1647.1 Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Counselling is a cross-disciplinary pathway into a career in helping human beings in distress. In counselling, clients learn self-knowledge and become able to change through a dedicated helping relationship, in which high levels of skill, sensitivity, self-knowledge and ethical conduct are required of the helper. In contrast to some of the longer-established helping professions, counselling, as taught in this program, places greater emphasis on the creation of a therapeutic environment for the client than on specific techniques or the application of particular theoretical models. This program is aimed specifically at graduates in any discipline who can demonstrate the personal qualities required for this demanding profession.

Study Mode
Two years part-time.

Course Advice

Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternalPenny Gardner

This course is accredited with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or higher in any discipline.


Participate in a group interview on campus to demonstrate their suitability for the program.

Invitations to the interview process will be selective, based on CV and letter, and interviewees will be ranked, as numbers admitted to the program are limited.

Information for applicants about the Interview

Applicants are required to upload a detailed CV and an accompanying letter to their application addressing the following:

  • Reason for wishing to pursue a counselling qualification
  • Relevant life experience
  • Relevant work or volunteer experience

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by the final UAC closing date of 31 January.


Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to Western Sydney University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University

Special Requirements Prerequisites
NSW Health Compliance, National Police Check and Working with Children Check are required for units 102365 Clinical Studies and 102366 Further Clinical Studies and successful applicants need to complete these checks on or soon after enrolment in the course.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

102353Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 1

Spring session

102355Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 2
102364Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

Year 2

1H session

102365Clinical Studies in Psychotherapy and Counselling

2H session

102366Further Clinical Studies in Psychotherapy and Counselling

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