Graduate Diploma of Coaching and Counselling

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Coaching and Counselling

Two years part-time (2 units per Trimester 1 and 2)

Deakin course codeH677

For continuing students only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Coaching and Counselling extends the knowledge acquired throughout the graduate certificate program to provide advanced level learning and skill acquisition. Throughout the course you will develop flexible high-level independent judgement, as well as professional planning and implementation skills appropriate for working professionally in a coaching and counselling role.

You will also acquire a personalised range of business and marketing tools relevant to a start-up business venture which is particularly relevant for those wishing to establish a business as a professional coach or pursue further qualifications as a counsellor.

The graduate diploma also offers a practical placement unit in the final year of the program which provides an opportunity to develop practical skills in a supported environment and confidently apply your knowledge and skills in a professional setting.

Professional recognition

The Graduate Diploma of Coaching and Counselling is accredited with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) allowing graduate students to apply for level 2 membership with this body.

Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students for membership of the accrediting body is subject to meeting the requirements of the ACA. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.

Career opportunities

This course provides sufficient generic skills and professional practice applicable to any career where working with individuals and groups for behaviour change is a focus.

For students who have a recognised undergraduate major sequence in psychology, this course offers an alternative career pathway from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved honours and graduate diploma courses.


Students who have completed H577 Graduate Certificate of Coaching and Counselling can articulate into this course.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

The Graduate Diploma of Coaching and Counselling consists of 8 credit points of compulsory study.

Course structure

Core units

HPY702Coaching and Counselling Theories and Approaches

HPY703Coaching and Counselling Individuals

HPY704Coaching and Counselling Groups

HPY705Evaluation, Ethical Practice and Professional Development

HPY706Problems, Pathology and Potential

HPY707Applied Models in Coaching and Counselling 1 - Individuals

HPY708Applied Models in Coaching and Counselling 2 - Groups

HPY709Work Placement