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Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies

  • Graduate Certificate

For those wanting to add counselling theory and skills to their health or education profession, the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies (PGCertCounSt) will provide the knowledge and practice to enhance your professional helping skills with a range of clients, students, or colleagues.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Duration
1 year part-time
Course Code
PGCertCounSt
Domestic Fees
$4,262 per year
International Fees
$19,750 per year

About this course

For those wanting to add counselling theory and skills to their health or education profession, the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies (PGCertCounSt) will provide the knowledge and practice to enhance your professional helping skills with a range of clients, students, or colleagues.

The PGCertCounSt is also an ideal pathway into applying for the Master of Counselling, a degree which enables graduates to obtain provisional membership with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to the PGCertCounSt, students must have completed an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree with a B Grade Point Average or higher in their 300-level courses, or equivalent, and been approved by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

While this Certificate naturally provides foundational knowledge and skills towards a career as a counsellor, graduates will also find their skills useful as nurse aides, and in areas such as community mental health providers, schools, rest homes, and services working with people with special needs.

Skills in counselling are also useful for other education, health, and civil service professions.

Useful information:

  • Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
  • Te Ropu Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
  • For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
  • Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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