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Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Foundations of Practice)

Summary
Graduate Certificate of Counselling Specialisation Foundations of Practice (GCCO)

Study Mode
  • External*

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 4 units

Duration
  • 1 year part-time

Campus
  • -

*Courses within this major have mandatory residential schools on-campus at USQ Ipswich.
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Equip yourself with counselling skills

Enhance your career and gain skills in counselling with USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Foundations of Practice). Your studies will include national mental health standards, professional practice, risk management counselling frameworks, ethics and legislation. The skills you will gain from your counselling studies will be transferable between nursing, psychology, teaching, welfare, human services or allied health practices.

Our online counselling degree is designed to develop your career within the health, psychology or human services profession. Offered part-time, this degree can alternatively be a professional development opportunity for psychologists and social workers. There is a four-day mandatory residential school for each of the four Foundations of Practice courses.

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Foundations of Practice) is designed to address many of the training standards in the PACFA Training Standards 2018

As a graduate, your counselling and case management skills will provide you with the opportunity to work in a professional nursing, psychology, teaching, welfare, human services or allied health practices.

Other specialisations for the Graduate Certificate of Counselling include: Alcohol and Drug StudiesChild, Youth and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counselling

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
4 x specialisation courses* 4
Total 4

 *There is a four-day mandatory residential school for each of the four Foundations of Practice courses.

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

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (4 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 10880

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Pre-requisite: 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, from a recognised university

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program 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.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.


How to apply

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 2, 2019 - Monday 15 July 2019.
  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.

Credit for previous study or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for credit to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.