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1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time
1 year/s full-time


Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No


Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required


Course code



Shape your career path. Our Diploma of Counselling is an excellent first step 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.

You will be provided with a range of skills and knowledge including communication skills, an introduction to psychology and cultural intelligence. Our Diploma of Counselling will also prepare you with the necessary knowledge and skills required for progression into the APAC approved Bachelor of Psychological Science, however the Diploma is not itself an APAC approved course.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

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


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.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $25,328.00. This equates to $3,166.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

CDU Social Work and Psychology program

Why study psychology at CDU?

Gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour and make a positive impact on the lives of other people when you study psychology with us. Becoming a psychologist is only one of many potential careers, with graduates finding a wide variety of roles in government organisations, community services, advertising and marketing, preventative health, and more.

  • #2 Australian uni for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  •  #3 in Australia for psychology starting salaries (GUG 2022)
  • Study on campus or online, full-time or part-time as it suits you


What will I study?

Our Diploma in Counselling is a one-year full time or two-years part time course comprising 80 credit points (8 units). Offered in internal or external mode units include introductions to Psychology, Health Promotion, and Human Services, Counselling Theory and Micro Skills, the Dynamics of Group Work and Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Course structure

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)


 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



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

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 1Semester 2
Year 1
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology ACOPSY151 Introduction to Psychology BCO
SWK101 Introduction to Human ServicesCOSWK102 Communication SkillsCO
HSC119 Counselling Theory and Micro SkillsCOSWK202 Dynamics of Group WorkCO
HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCOAOD311 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs FieldCO


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 1Semester 2
Year 1
  PSY151 Introduction to Psychology BCO
  SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
  SWK202 Dynamics of Group WorkCO
  AOD311 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs FieldCO
Year 2
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology ACO  
SWK101 Introduction to Human ServicesCO  
HSC119 Counselling Theory and Micro SkillsCO  
HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCO  

Entry requirements

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 ModuleA 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 ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA 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:


ATAR profile

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The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.


CDU student

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Course details

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

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

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Diploma of Counselling
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Psychology, Health, Community Services and Social Work

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


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


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


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.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

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


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Casuarina campus

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