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Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertCouns

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1648.5

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 - 1648.4 Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Commencement Year 2010 - 1648.3 Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Commencement Year 2009 - 1648.2 Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Commencement Year 2008 - 1648.1 Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Counselling is a cross-disciplinary pathway into a career in helping human beings in distress In counselling clients gain self-understanding, expand interpersonal capacities and become more able to change through a dedicated helping relationship. This course focuses on the process of creating of a therapeutic environment for clients and on cultivating the high levels of skill, sensitivity, self-knowledge and ethical conduct required of the counselling professional. Theories and approaches are taught and critically examined in the light of their contribution to a contemporary relational understanding and practice of counselling. This program is aimed specifically at graduates in any discipline who can demonstrate the personal qualities required for this demanding profession.

Students who wish to meet Professional Training Standards are advised to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Study Mode
One year 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


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 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.

Note regarding Professional Accreditation

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling is not accredited with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 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

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