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Diploma of Counselling

Undergraduate | TAS-COU-DIP | 2024

Enhance wellbeing in yourself and others

Gain an introduction to a range of topics including mental health, the impact of chronic health conditions on quality of life, mental health first aid, and applied counselling skills.

Enrolments for this course are closed, but you may have other options to start studying now. Book a consultation to learn more.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Credit available
2 years full time or part time equivalent
Total subjects

Price from
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Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
CSP available

Diploma of Counselling

About this degree

Entry requirements

Start small with no entry requirements

Yes, you can get into this diploma!

Gain entry through single subjects, regardless of your ATAR or study history. Here’s how:

Single subjects

  1. Start with subjects

    Enrol and pass subjects from this diploma. You can get access to HELP loans if you’re eligible. This enrolment option is only available through Open Universities Australia.

    Need help choosing a subject to start with? We’ll recommend one.

  2. Continue to the Diploma of Counselling

    Enter the degree with full credits from your subjects. You’ll study for the same amount of time as students who go straight into the degree.

Alternate entry requirements

Want to apply for the diploma straight away?

To gain direct entry into this diploma, you need to meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • Partially completed an undergraduate course (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed at least two subjects of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points).
  • Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent).
  • Certificate III or higher, in any discipline.
  • You may be eligible for an offer if you have relevant work and/or life experiences.

If you do not meet requirements, you can get started through single subjects.

Career opportunities

It is projected that the demand for counsellors will increase by approximately 25% by the year 2024*

Graduating from the Diploma of Counselling can lead to a rewarding career helping others work through emotional, mental health and lifestyle concerns. This degree opens up opportunities to work across a variety of health care settings including:

  • Drug and alcohol counselling
  • family and marriage counselling
  • youth counselling
  • suicide and grief counselling
  • online and telephone counselling

This course can also be your pathway into our Bachelor of Psychological Science.

*Labour Market Information Portal 2020

Career outlook

Careers Counsellors:
$75K to $93K
$75K to $93K
Health and Welfare Services Managers:
Over $120K
Social Workers:
$75K to $93K

Degree FAQs

How long does it take to finish an online degree?

That's up to you! Because we let you choose when to study online, you can actually pick up and pause study when it suits you. Many universities have a set time you need to complete your degree within. For some this is up to 10 years, and for others there is no limit.

There are some degrees that are stricter about when you can take breaks, and about how many years you can take to complete your degree. Please always check with your uni what the limits are.

As a general guide, Commonwealth supported place students have 10 years to finish their undergraduate degree through OUA, However, if you're studying with Griffith University, there's a limit of 8 years to complete your studies. If you want to take a break that lasts more than two study terms, you'll need to apply for a leave of absence. You can apply for a leave of absence for up to 12 months, as long as you complete your studies within the maximum time allowed for your degree.

If you're studying with Macquarie University, with the exception of certain degrees, there's no limit to how long you can take. But, please check with Macquarie Student Administration to be sure.

If you're studying with the University of Adelaide, you have up to 9 years to complete your undergraduate degree and graduate.

If you're studying with La Trobe University and want to take a break of minimum 1 study term, you must apply for leave of absence to avoid being inadvertently withdrawn from your degree.

Through OUA, you can study all year round, so it's possible to fast-track and finish up sooner than studying at a traditional uni would allow. That said, you need to spend around 12 hours a week on each undergraduate subject you do, so taking on extra work to finish ahead of time can be challenging.

How can I pay for my studies?

You may be eligible for a HELP loan from the Australian government, depending on your citizenship status and where you'll be living during your studies. You can also pay upfront with your credit card.

Payment options are explained in Fees, and you can contact a student advisor for more information.

How does studying through Open Universities Australia work?

You might find learning through OUA a little different to how you've studied in the past. It can take time to develop the skills you need for independent online study.

We connect you with subjects and degrees that are taught by leading Australian universities. You can complete single subjects, or follow a degree structure to work towards a specific qualification. Subjects are offered in several study terms throughout the year, so you can choose to study part-time or full-time, continuously or with breaks.

We help you find the subjects or degree that's right for you, and we handle your enrolment in uni and some administration. Your uni sends you your study materials and deals with all academic matters. They're also in charge of your assessment and graduation. If you go on to complete a degree, you'll graduate from the uni offering your degree, for example, RMIT University or Griffith University.

How do I know if I‘m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it's important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you're eligible to apply. If you don't quite meet the requirements, we can help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study. Contact us to find out more.

When is my cut-off date for enrolment?

Our close of enrolment times vary. You can check the cut-off dates for upcoming study terms by visiting Key dates.

Why should I study online through Open Universities Australia?

There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.

  • You can enrol without entry requirements

    We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don't meet the entry requirements for a degree, we'll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.

  • You have total control over how you study
    Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We'll introduce you to flexible study options you didn't even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.

  • You'll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student
    Once you enrol through us, you'll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you'll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.

  • We'll help you navigate the university world
    Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.

How do I enrol?

Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.

When you've made your choice, click 'Apply now' on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We'll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.

Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.

If you get stuck at any time, reach out to a student advisor and we'll talk you through it.

You can also take a look at our online self-service enrolling instructions.

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