Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Foundations of Practice)
Add counselling to your skills
USQ’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Foundations of Practice) is designed to provide you with foundational knowledge and skills required for counselling practice. During this degree you will study counselling frameworks, professional practice and ethics, and counselling assessment and interventions. The knowledge you acquire will be transferable between nursing, psychology, teaching, welfare, human services or allied health practices.
While study is mainly external, you will be required to attend mandatory residential schools at USQ Ipswich campus associated with four designated courses to meet the required number of hours of face-to-face instruction and ensure you have the best possible skills preparation.
Use the credit you’ll gain from the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and go on to complete the Master of Counselling.
The Foundations of Practice specialisation is designed to address most of the training standards in the PACFA Training Standards 2018, the training standards for entry into the counselling profession in Australia.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling will be able to apply for membership of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and registration as a Counsellor with the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP). Registration as a Counsellor on the national counsellor register (ARCAP) can be via membership with ACA or PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia).
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.
This degree has a mandatory attendance requirement for some of the residential school courses. View the USQ Handbook (see link below) or please contact us for more information.
|Courses to be studied||Units|
|plus 3 x approved courses
*All core courses have a mandatory 4–day residential school and 10 hours of mandatory online tutorials.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 19680|
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.
You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
- A bachelor's degree 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.
How to apply
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
- Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.