Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Excelsia College

Type of institution: Higher Education Institutions
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 02664K

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is ideal for anyone in a helping, allied health, educational, ministry, and/or community support and welfare profession who desires to integrate counselling skills and mental health knowledge into their current vocation. Students are exposed to contemporary theory, research, and clinical practice, equipping them to confidently provide quality relational care and support to those encountering life difficulties in an empathic, ethical and therapeutic manner. The course is designed for those in a helping; allied health; educational; ministry, church and mission field; and/or community support and welfare professions who desire to integrate counselling skills and mental health knowledge into their current vocation/employment role.

Designed for

Allied health care professionals, teachers, nurses, pastors and those working in ministry and mission fields


  • Nested within the Master of Counselling program, Graduate Diploma comprises of 8 units of study, totally 48 credit points. It includes the following units: Counselling Practice I, II and III
  • Counselling Theories and Models, Development and Diversity, Ethical Issues and Practice, Mental Health Issues in Adulthood, and Relational Dynamics. It is offered as a one-year full-time course over one academic year or as a two-year part-time course.


  • Counselling

Standard entry requirements

Bachelor Degree OR Provisional admission to the Graduate Diploma of Counselling may be granted where an applicant has a combination of prior learning, professional skills and/or vocational experience deemed by the Admissions Committee to be equivalent to an undergraduate degree. Applicants given provisional admission will normally have to complete two bridging units before commencing the Graduate Diploma.


The overall Masters of Counselling is a PACFA accredited course [Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia - PACFA].

Study pathways

Students who obtain a pass or higher grade for all academic and counselling competency assessment tasks in Counselling Practice I, II and III and successfully pass all other units may transfer to the Master of Counselling with full credit for all studies completed in the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Macquarie Park International: $18,100 Yes
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Macquarie Park.

FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy are available to eligible students.

Further information

The School of Counselling does not consider completion of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling as adequate preparation for a career as a professional counsellor.

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