Diploma of Counselling (Level 6)

Step into a Career in Counselling 

Are you someone that hurting people are drawn to for help and support? 

The second year shifts to a supervised practicum focus. Placement within an approved counselling setting combines with on-campus classes, deepening theoretical development. Students complete a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervised counselling practice (At least 80 hours must be focussed on working with adults).

The Diploma of Counselling Level 6 is designed to train ethical, professional counsellors. Our students graduate with a high level of self-awareness, strong competence in academic research and writing, and practical counselling skills based on a sound understanding of philosophies and models.

Course Structure

The Diploma of Counselling has a supervised practicum focus, combined with some on-campus classes, normally two days per week (and may include some block courses). Students complete a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervised counselling practice within an approved setting (At least 80 hours must be focused on working with adults).

The on-campus classes complement the practical placement with a deepening theoretical development.

Course Content

Core Papers

• Person-Centred Counselling 2
• Counselling Approaches 2
• Supervised Professional Practice 1
• Working with Contextual Issues
• Cultural Competency for Counselling in Aotearoa NZ
• Family, Relationship and Group Systems

Placement and Classes:

The Diploma of Counselling is placement based in an agency, where you will complete 100 face-to-face hours of counselling each year.

The majority of our Diploma of Counselling students are full time, although part time study is also an option. The part time option has specific requirements that you will need to discuss with the course coordinator at the campus you enrol at.

The placement can be near where you live, ideally in the area of counselling that you would like to specialise in.

You will also have classes on-campus to attend on two days each week. This means that you don't have to necessarily live in Hamilton or Christchurch for the Diploma of Counselling. You just need to be able to commute to classes, normally twice a week.

*The schedule is subject to change slightly each year, and may also include some block courses on top of the regular classes.

Entry Requirements


All applicants must:

  • Be at least 24 years of age when the programme begins.
  • Complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information. (International students must provide a Police check from their home country)
  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via referee reports.
  • Provide evidence of ability to succeed at undergraduate study level. The application process requires applicants to submit two essays which will be evaluated for literacy and comprehension levels as well as the ability to clearly articulate original thought.
  • Attend an interactive group selection day and an individual interview as part of the application process.
  • Provide evidence of computer literacy. This will be evaluated during the selection process.

English Language

If English is not the applicant’s first language they will be required to provide evidence of English language skill. Credits in English-rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions are also acceptable. If you have no evidence of your English language skills, contact us for an assessment.

For international students an IELTS 7.0 with no individual band score lower than 6.5, or a recognised equivalent test will be required.

Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases, domestic applicants who do not meet the general admission requirements, including age, may be considered for discretionary admission.

Graduate Opportunities
  • Counselling agencies
  • People helping in a variety of community agencies
  • Church work
  • Schools
Study Options
Full Time or Part Time
Application Documents

Downloadable documents are available here for further information or application forms:

Info booklet:CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Application booklet:CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Course related costs:CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)


Domestic Fees:

$5990 per year or 748.75 per 15 credit paper

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

Click Here for Scholarship Information and documentation

International Fees

$16,395 per year or $2049 per 15 credit paper

International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover. Click Here for more information

Course related costs can be found in the Application costs tab


Next Intake:
15th February 2016

Diploma of Counselling (Level 6)

Full time: 1 Year
Part time: 2 Years

Course info:
Level: Level 6
Domestic fees: $5990 per year or 748.75 per 15 credit paper
International fees: $16,395 per year or $2049 per 15 credit paper

Main Employment Outcomes:
Counselling agencies
Community agencies
Church work