Graduate Diploma in Counselling (1647)

  • Approved Abbreviation: GradDipCouns
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1647
  • AQF Level: 8

Commencement Year 2011 to 2015 - 1647.4 Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Commencement Year 2010 - 1647.3 Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Commencement Year 2009 - 1647.2 Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Commencement Year 2008 - 1647.1 Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Counselling is a cross-disciplinary pathway into a career in helping human beings in distress. In counselling, clients learn self-knowledge and become able to change through a dedicated helping relationship, in which high levels of skill, sensitivity, self-knowledge and ethical conduct are required of the helper. In contrast to some of the longer-established helping professions, counselling, as taught in this program, places greater emphasis on the creation of a therapeutic environment for the client than on specific techniques or the application of particular theoretical models. This program is aimed specifically at graduates in any discipline who can demonstrate the personal qualities required for this demanding profession.

Early Exit

Students may exit this program on completion of 40 credit points with a 1648 Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Study Mode

Two years part-time.

Program Advice

Susan Field

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

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Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal Susan Field


This program is accredited with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent Requirements


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or higher in any discipline.


Participate in a group interview on campus to demonstrate their suitability for the program.

Invitations to the interview process will be selective, based on CV and letter, and interviewees will be ranked, as numbers admitted to the program are limited.

Information for applicants about the Interview

Applicants are required to upload a detailed CV and an accompanying letter to their application addressing the following:

  • Reason for wishing to pursue a counselling qualification
  • Relevant life experience
  • Relevant work or volunteer experience

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by the final UAC closing date of 31 January.

Special Requirements Prerequisites

NSW Health Compliance, National Police Check and Working with Children Check are required for subjects WELF 7002 Clinical Studies in Psychotherapy and Counselling and WELF 7012 Further Clinical Studies in Psychotherapy and Counselling and successful applicants need to complete these checks on or soon after enrolment in the program.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points including the subjects listed below.

Recommended Sequence

Part-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
WELF 7009 Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 1 20
 Credit Points20
Spring session
WELF 7010 Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 2 10
WELF 7006 Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice 10
 Credit Points20
Year 2
1H session
WELF 7002 Clinical Studies in Psychotherapy and Counselling 20
 Credit Points20
2H session
WELF 7012 Further Clinical Studies in Psychotherapy and Counselling 20
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points80