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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Graduate Diploma in Counselling

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling prepares graduates to work as university-qualified registered counsellors in a diverse range of counselling contexts. Combining online study with mandatory intensive schools in a blended learning format, the course is ideally suited to individuals with a prior degree in any discipline wishing to gain an industry-recognised, tertiary-level qualification whilst continuing to meet their work and family commitments.


  • Feb
  • June

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

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 world of mental health and wellbeing in Australia is rapidly changing, and the future growth of the sector is very strong. With UNE’s Graduate Diploma in Counselling, your high skill level, practical experience, and adaptability open a diverse range of opportunities. Counseling professionals are in demand across many specialty fields in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including:  

  • relationship and family counseling 
  • child and adolescent counseling 
  • trauma and grief counseling drug and alcohol rehabilitation 
  • career and student counseling. 

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A candidate shall:

  • (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification; or
  • (b) hold 2021 onwards Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling major) from UNE; or
  • (c) hold the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice from UNE or the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice from UNE; or
  • (d) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or AQF Level 9 Masters or AQF Level 10 Doctorate degree in any relevant* discipline; or
  • (e) satisfy UNE by means of other relevant* professional experience by submitting a Statement of Service from your employer/s and a resume outlining a minimum of three years' full-time (or equivalent) relevant* professional experience and training undertaken in the past 10 years.

* Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: counseling, psychology, social work, nursing, teaching, human resources, life coaching, community services, children's services, youth work, care for the aged, care for the disabled, residential client care, welfare studies, human welfare services, pastoral care, and medicine.

  • Course Type: Online
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 04 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 117336 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
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