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Undergraduate

Diploma of Counselling

Not available to international students.
Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
116341
591170
Online (CSP)
116341
591170
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
No
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

YCOUN2

Award
Diploma of Counselling
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Psychology
Health
Community Services and Social Work

If you are seeking a rewarding and interesting career, want to increase your current qualifications or simply have an interest in psychology, social work and counselling, a qualification in the area of psychology and counselling is an excellent first step.

This diploma will prepare you with the necessary knowledge and skills required for progression into the Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Credit transfers and pathways

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Student profile

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Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

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Course structure

The Diploma in Counselling is a one-year full time or two-years part time Diploma offered in internal or external mode and consists of 8 units which will provide you with a range of skills and knowledge, including communication skills, introductory psychology and cultural intelligence


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(8 units)

80cp

 Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. 

 HSC119 Counselling Theory and Micro Skills
 HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
 PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A
 PSY151 Introduction to Psychology B
 SWK101 Introduction to Human Services
 SWK102 Communication Skills
 SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work
 AOD311 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs

 

80cp

Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.
 

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A CO PSY151 Introduction to Psychology B CO
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
HSC119 Counselling Theory and Micro Skills CO SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO AOD311 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs Field CO

 

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.
 

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    PSY151 Introduction to Psychology B CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work CO
    AOD311 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs Field CO
Year 2
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A CO    
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO    
HSC119 Counselling Theory and Micro Skills CO    
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO    

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

 

SATAC

 

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

 

UAC

 

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE* course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

MyNextCourse

*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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