Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Counselling is a cross-disciplinary pathway into a career in helping human beings in distress. In counselling, clients learn and change within a dedicated helping relationship, in which high levels of skill, sensitivity, self knowledge and ethical conduct are required of the helper. The Graduate Certificate in Counselling is aimed at those who hold an existing degree in a recognised helping profession, and are already working in counselling, but who wish to upgrade their level of basic skills in this demanding area via a sequenced, cumulative training in basic skills and concomitant self awareness. Most recognised 'helping professions' include some counselling training.

Graduate Certificate in Counselling


Part Time: 1 Year

Next Start Date

04 March 2024

Closing Date

Parramatta South UAC 950815
Domestic Student Fees

Indicative annual fee from $11,885

Additional Information

Program Code: 1648

A good listener. A great help

This program will train you in the fundamental skills that are common to all recognised approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, while challenging you to develop your self awareness so that you can work ethically and responsibly with your clients. Our permanent and casual academic staff are all experienced counsellors and therapists, from a range of different professional backgrounds and orientations. You will learn from people whose clinical experience directly informs their teaching, and who can relate theory to practice.

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What you can expect to study

The program structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the subjects you will be studying.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this degree, you can look forward to a broad range of exciting career opportunities in different sectors and industries. Below are some examples of the possible careers you can pursue with this degree:

  • Family support
  • Addiction counselling
  • Relationship counselling
  • Women's health


"Be prepared to grow and learn more about yourself as much as you learn about professional counselling skills, theories and practice."

— Meeray Ghaly, Graduate Diploma in Counselling"

B Psychological and Social Sciences

Entry requirements for domestic students

Please consult the handbook for more information regarding entry requirements for this course.

You can read more about special requirements here.

B Psychological and Social Sciences

Entry requirements for international students

**Please note, if this course lists a part-time option, this is not available to International Students on a Student Visa.

Please consult the handbook for more information regarding entry requirements for this course.

You can read more about international academic entry requirements here.

Indicative annual fee

PG Direct

Apply as a Domestic Student

If you are a domestic student, you can apply through our Western Application system which is free of charge.

Domestic students are:

  • Australian Citizens
  • New Zealand Citizens
  • Australian permanent residents
  • Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders


Western Sydney University recognises and rewards students who demonstrate community engagement, outstanding academic ability and superior leadership skills. Donor-funded scholarships are also available, providing support for students based on both academic achievements and equity considerations. There are also scholarships available for specific degrees. 

No application
Generic PG Dom Only

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Full Time: 6 Months

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Part Time: 2 Years

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Full Time: 2 Years (Available Part Time)*

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Full Time: 2 Years (Available Part Time)*

The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (40 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.