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Graduate Certificate of Counselling Specialisation Alcohol & Drug Studies

Graduate Certificate of Counselling Specialisation Alcohol & Drug Studies (GCCO)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
Campus
  • -
Duration
  • 1 year part-time
Start
  • Feb, Jul

Overview

  • Are you a health professional looking to acquire practical skills that will help you counsel people struggling with substance misuse? Specialise your counselling skills in alcohol and drug misuse with USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Alcohol and Drug Studies).
  • Your studies will enhance your understanding and skills in assessment for substance misuse, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and psychoactive drugs.
  • Our online counselling degree is designed to enhance your career within the health, psychology or human services profession. Offered part-time, this degree can alternatively be a professional development opportunity for psychologists, counsellors, and social workers.

Further study

After completing the Graduate Certificate of Counselling, you have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete USQ’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling or the Master of Counselling.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate, you will be equipped to provide specialised skills in assessment and treatment of substance misuse disorders, relevant to your practice specialisation.

Entry requirements 

  • A bachelor's degree from a recognised university.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

USQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
3 x core specialisation courses 3
1 x approved course 1
Total 4

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your study (4 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 11720

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP. 

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at USQ that is relevant to you.

Got questions?

 

Begin your study journey today with Australia’s #1 University for graduate starting salary* and start the degree that’s right for you.

*(Good Universities Guide, 2020.)

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