Diploma of Counselling and Communication Skills

Health courses and degrees | Diploma of Counselling and Communication

What is a Diploma of Counselling and Communication Skills?

The Diploma of Counselling and Communication Skills builds a foundation of key counselling and communication skills through a combination of theoretical and practical components. Upon completion, you’ll have the opportunity to build a career in the industry or enrol in the Bachelor of Counselling and receive credit from this counselling diploma.

This course offers the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for a career in the community sector. You’ll develop an understanding of human behaviour at different stages, behavioural problems and strategies for positive behaviour management, and the impact of society and culture. You'll learn how to critically review a range of theories in counselling and relate them to issues in practice, take an ethical approach to counselling and develop skills to assess, manage and refer clients accordingly.


Learning outcomes

  • Explore an array of theoretical perspectives on counselling and discover the drivers for human behaviour.
  • Learn how to evaluate different situations to determine your best approach.
  • Study the core principles of case management.
  • Understand common mental health conditions, behaviours and thought patterns.
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ARCAP professional registration access

Upon completion, you’re eligible to join the Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.

Study mode
Campus locations
Course duration
1 year full time, part-time options available
Start date
18 Sep 2023

This is an AQF Level 5 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

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Ultimate flexibility
With the option to study full or part time and all your course materials online, you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle.

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Our academics understand where the industry is heading and will guide you on your learning journey.

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Our heritage with the Jansen Newman Institute ensures you’re learning from more than 40 years of counselling experience.
When you study with us, you’ll get hands-on practical experience in world-class clinics making a difference to real patients.
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Career opportunities

This course will prepare you with the skills to enter a successful career in corporate health or aged care, or to further your study in health at bachelor’s level.

Potential career paths

  • Family Services Worker
    Average salary: $73,330 - $114,495
  • Disability Support Manager
    Average salary: $81,596-$128,133
  • Health Promotion Officer
    Average salary: $80,769 - $99,500
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Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.


These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing | HWEL2006
  • Counselling and Communication Skills | CCS103A
  • Case Management and Understanding Community Services | HCCSSD101
  • Person-Centred Practice | HCCSSD102
  • Mental Health | HCCSSD103
  • Lifespan Development | HCCSSD104
  • Theories of Counselling | HCCSSD105
  • Professional Practice and Industry Placement | HCCSSD106

Industry partners and work placements

Students are eligible to join the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (RCAP). Work-Integrated Learning and Clinical Practicum Experience are embedded throughout the course and are incorporated into theory subjects. 

Work placement hours

During your degree, you’ll undertake 120 hours clinical experience at an external organisation.

Entry details


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


If you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent

Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above


Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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