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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory

If you have a bachelor's degree in education, counseling, nursing or social work and at least three years’ practical experience, this program can broaden and advance your career. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of the theory and research that underpin counseling practice, and develop the skills necessary for effective counseling with diverse clients. You will undertake supervised practical counseling work in community settings. This program can provide the foundation to pursue research at the masters level.

If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with a GPA of 5 or higher in the most advanced courses taken, you can apply to enter into the second year of the Master of Counselling to complete the masters' qualification. To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

Campus Information

Epsom Campus

The Epsom Campus is the main campus for the Faculty of Education and Social Work and is home to approximately 3500 students.

Intakes

  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

COE
10 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The PGDipCounsTh is suitable for experienced and aspiring individuals who wish to develop a beginning level of skill and theory in counselling that will assist them to develop and extend their careers as counselling professionals. If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with a GPA of 5 or higher in the most advanced courses taken, you can apply to enter into the second year of the MCouns to complete the master's qualification. To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Counsellor in community settings
  • Counsellor in government agencies (such as ACC, Corrections Department)
  • Counsellor in private practice
  • Counsellor in schools, and other secondary and tertiary settings
  • Health and welfare services counsellor
  • Human resource counsellor
  • Not-for-profit agency counsellor

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Programme requirements
 
You must have completed an undergraduate degree in education, counseling, nursing, social work, or a similar profession from a recognized university (or similar institution).

You will also need at least three years’ experience in teaching, counseling, nursing, social work, or a similar profession.

Admission is subject to a satisfactory interview, police check/s, safety checks, previous employment, and referees’ reports.

Note: If you already hold the same or a substantially similar qualification, you may not be admitted to this program.