Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
Epsom
Points
120
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

If you have a bachelors degree in education, counselling, nursing or social work and at least three years’ practical experience, this programme can broaden and advance your career. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of the theory and research that underpin counselling practice, and develop the skills necessary for effective counselling with diverse clients. You will undertake supervised practical counselling work in community settings. This programme can provide the foundation to pursue research at masters level.

If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with a GPA of 5 or higher in the most advanced courses taken, you can apply to enter into the second year of the Master of Counselling to complete the masters qualification. To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

Programme structure

The PGDipCounsTh is equivalent to the first year of the Master of Counselling (MCouns).

If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with a GPA of 5 or higher in the most advanced courses taken, you can apply to enter into the second year of the MCouns to complete the masters qualification.

To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

Requirement:

  • 90 points: Core courses in Professional Counselling
  • 30 points: Elective courses from Education Professional Studies, Education, Professional Counselling, Professional Supervision, Social Work Health Practice, or a 700 level course in another subject as approved by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate)

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Note: Research and Counselling (PROFCOUN 709) is a prerequisite for enrolment for students wishing to enrol in the Research Portfolio of the Master of Counselling Theory following the award of this postgraduate qualification.

2018 entry requirements

Programme requirements

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in education, counselling, nursing, social work or a similar profession from a recognised university (or similar institution).

You will also need at least three years’ experience in teaching, counselling, nursing, social work or similar profession.

Admission is subject to a satisfactory interview, police check/s, safety checks, previous employment and referees’ reports.

Note: If you already hold the same or a substantially similar qualification, you may not be admitted to this programme.

Further programme requirements

English language requirements

If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency.

You will require an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0. See alternative English language requirements.

How much does a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,543.20*
International students
NZ$32,392*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
1 November 2017

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Where could this programme take you?

The PGDipCounsTh is suitable for experienced and aspiring individuals who wish to develop a beginning level of skill and theory in counselling that will assist them to develop and extend their careers as counselling professionals. If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with GPA of 5 or higher in the most advanced courses taken, you can apply to enter into the second year of the MCouns to complete the masters qualification. To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Counsellor in community settings
  • Counsellor in government agencies (such as ACC, Corrections Department)
  • Counsellor in private practice
  • Counsellor in schools, and other secondary and tertiary settings
  • Health and welfare services counsellor
  • Human resource counsellor
  • Not-for-profit agency counsellor

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