Step into a Career in Counselling
Learn how to effectively assist people towards growth and change through counselling.
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.
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.
• 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.
All applicants must:
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.
In exceptional cases, domestic applicants who do not meet the general admission requirements, including age, may be considered for discretionary admission.
$6,150.00 per year
Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.
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$16,965.00 approx per year
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Diploma of Counselling (Level 6)
1 Year Full Time or 2 years Part Time
Level: Level 6
Domestic fees: $6,150.00 per year
International fees: $16,965.00 approx per year
Main Employment Outcomes:
Counselling agencies, community agencies, Church work