Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Help clients make headway

Counsellors support others in exploring and overcoming emotional, mental and lifestyle issues. Counselling is a rewarding career choice for those who want to work with people, develop personal wisdom and transform lives.

What will you do?

  • Undertake eight courses reflecting the latest developments in the field.
  • Learn from academics with extensive professional counselling experience.
  • Build hands-on skills through experiential learning.
  • Benefit from case-based learning in small group workshops.
  • Gain a core understanding of CBT, grief, attachment theory and ethical practice.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate eligible for the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and registration with the Australian Counselling Association. You could support young people in your community through programs in schools or youth work. You might run a private practice or conduct group therapy at a wellbeing centre. Perhaps you’ll be a relationship or return-to-work counsellor.

This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required.  If you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD072
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Additional Entry Requirements
Quotas apply. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked according to a standardised interview assessment process and the University will offer places in order of rank.

All applicants must provide the following additional information: - a resume that includes academic transcripts (this must be uploaded as part of the SATAC application). - attend an interview.

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD072

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $29,000


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.


Career Readiness


The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Professional Accreditation

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy enables graduates to apply for registration with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

Accreditation with ACA
Graduates eligible for registration at
·       ACA Level 2
·       ACA Level 3 plus 2 years supervised counselling employment

ARCAP registration: Graduates eligible for registration at Division B
·       Level 1
·       Level 2, plus 1 year supervised practice

Potential careers

Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist

Degree Structure

Students complete 6 core courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy and 2 elective courses in thematic areas in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses - to the value of 18 units 

Electives Courses- to the value of 6 units 


other postgraduate coursework courses offered by the University or another university which the Faculty approves in lieu of elective courses.


Case reports, presentations, quizzes and written assignments.


The placements in this program have been incredible. I've been able to develop and practise my clinical skills, learn from highly experienced psychologists and have a significant role in hospital-based health promotion projects. The placements are hands-on, and I've loved the amount of responsibility and opportunities that I've been given during my time in these roles.

My confidence has grown immensely from each placement, which has made me feel prepared and excited to start my career as a Health Psychologist.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021