Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies*
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).
UC offers the only postgraduate Counselling programmes in Te Waipounamu, the South Island.
* New qualification subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2018.
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
To qualify for entry to the PGCertCounSt, students must have completed an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor’s degree with a B grade average or higher in their 300-level courses, or equivalent, and been approved by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences.
For the full entry requirements 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.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling studies includes 60 points of compulsory courses.
The Certificate can be completed in 1 year full-time, or up to 2 years part-time.
Students will complete the following courses:
UC also offers a Master of Counselling for those wanting provisional membership with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).
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.
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For study planning help contact the School of Health Sciences | Te Kura Mātai Hauora or the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
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