Avondale University

Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Avondale University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 02731D

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling provides students with both the experiential and theoretical foundation to function as professional counsellors in Australia. Posited in a Christian worldview, this supportive course emphasises the common factors essential to counselling, introduces various counselling methods, and builds basic and advanced counselling skills.


Name of UnitName of UnitName of UnitName of UnitSem 1CNSL41100 (Compulsory)Fundamentals of CounsellingCNSL41110 (Compulsory)Psychotherapy and Counselling Theories Sem 2CNSL41120 (Compulsory)Spiritual Perspectives on Emotional DisordersCNSL41160 (Elective)Introduction to Psychology for CounsellingCNSL41200 (Elective)Interpersonal Approach and Treatment StrategiesCNSL41240 (Elective)Systemic and Family Therapy Approaches

Standard entry requirements

  • GENERAL ADMISSION CRITERIATo qualify for admission, you must have completed:An Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited university or higher education provider
  • OrAn overseas qualification comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 or higherADVANCED STANDINGApplicants with an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 8 qualification (or higher) in a cognate area may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition). Refer to the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTSThe Graduate Certification in Counselling is available to domestic students and international students studying outside of Australia. The course is unavailable to international students in Australia on a student visa.ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTSApplicant's who completed their bachelor's degree (or overseas equivalent) in a language other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-band below 6.0.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Lake Macquarie International: $27,240 No
  • Part-time : 0.8 years

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