GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF COUNSELLING 

The Graduate Certificate of Counselling is a special online pathway program which includes 4 specific units from the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy program. It is designed to prepare students who may not be otherwise eligible for direct entry into the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy program. 
 
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Counselling will be eligible to apply for the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy or the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy. If successful in being offered a place in either the Graduate Diploma or Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, students will be able to cross-credit all 4 units from the Graduate Certificate of Counselling to Graduate Diploma or Masters qualifications.  
 
Students who are accepted to articulate will need to complete a further 4 units (including 1 placement) to graduate from the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy, or a further 12 units (including two placements and a minor research project) to then graduate from the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Further units towards the higher level qualifications will not be CSP subsidised and will be charged at the standard full-fee rate for the year of study. 
 
Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Counselling will not normally be able to complete the Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy as well and cannot cross-credit more than two units as RPL to complete the Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy. 
 
A Graduate Certificate of Counselling may also be an attractive standalone option to upskill in counselling skills for an existing profession in human services such as teachers, nurses and social workers who provide informal or formal counselling in their current professions. 
 
Classes for this special online intake will be taught as successive subjects in a condensed 5 week ‘block teaching’ method. Students will attend synchronous online classes two days per week over 2 x 5 week blocks. Classes will be on two days per week- one day for each unit. Students will be required to attend classes from 9am-12pm and 1pm – 4pm on both allocated days. Please refer to the ‘Block Teaching Calendar’ on the right hand side of the 2021 Academic Calendar hosted at: https://www.cairnmillar.org.au/academic-calendar  


GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES 

The Graduate Certificate of Psychological Sciences consists of any 4 units of 6 offered from the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science program. It can be studied full time in one semester (half a year) or part-time in two semesters (one year). 
 
On completion of the Grad Cert students will be eligible to cross-credit all 4 Grad Cert units to the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science and will then undertake a further 4 units to complete the whole Graduate Diploma course.  
 
The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is an APAC accredited 1-3 year bridging sequence and is equivalent to an undergraduate major sequence in psychology for psychology registration pathways.  

PATHWAY – NEW TO PSYCH 

You need to obtain an average mark of 60% during your Grad Cert Psych Science studies in order to progress automatically into the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science at the end of your Grad Cert studies.  
 
Students who fail to meet the 60% hurdle will be offered a progress review meeting and may be able to continue subject to additional criteria such as part-time only studies or agreement to access additional support services.  

This hurdle is also to help ensure that you will be eligible for an offer to our APAC accredited 4th year program the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the end of your Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science. Students who obtain a 70% (H2A) or better average in the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science will be eligible for an immediate pathway offer to the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program in the next relevant intake. Students who obtain an average below 70% but above 60% will still be able to apply for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) or other APAC accredited fourth year programs at other providers.  
 
NOTE: the Graduate Certificate of Psychological Sciences and Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science are both taught online only, the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is normally only offered as an on campus course in Melbourne. Interstate students may need to consider alternative options for 4th year study. 

PATHWAY - REPEAT 

If you already hold an APAC accredited undergraduate degree or equivalent and you are undertaking the Grad Cert Psych Science to raise your WAM then you will need to obtain a 70% average in your 4 grad cert units for a guaranteed offer to our APAC accredited 4th year program the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).  You will be able to complete this refresher in one semester full-time or two semesters part-time (one year) and will not normally require the additional 4 units to complete the Graduate Diploma if you already hold an APAC accredited undergraduate degree or equivalent. 
 
NOTE: the Graduate Certificate of Psychological Sciences is taught online only, the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is normally only offered as an on campus course in Melbourne. Interstate students may need to consider alternative options for 4th year study. 


GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF PRE-PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (HONOURS OR 4TH YEAR) 

The Graduate Certificate of Pre-professional Psychology consists of 4 units from the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program and can be undertaken as a refresher or a repeat attempt for students who completed an Honours or other APAC accredited 4th year more than 10 years ago, or who need to improve WAM performance in the Honours or equivalent before applying for APAC accredited Masters programs. 

The Graduate Certificate of Pre-professional Psychology may be eligible for FEE-HELP for permanent residents as an approved sequence of bridging study for overseas qualifications. Please check with your Course Coordinator if this may apply to you. 

4+2 REFRESHER PATHWAY 

This sequence should be sufficient to meet refresher training requirements for most students before you can start an 4+2 internship. Refer to the AHPRA Internship FAQ and Appendix C of the Guidelines for the 4+2 internship program. Note: the 4+2 pathway is being retired in 2022. 

The Graduate Certificate of Pre-professional Psychology is also sufficient for applications to refresh an APAC accredited Honours or equivalent 4th year degree completed more than 10 years ago to apply for a  Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) and Master of Professional Psychology. 

MASTERS APPLICATION PATHWAYS – IMPROVE WAM 

Students who have already completed an APAC accredited 4th year but did not obtain their target WAM will be aiming for a 70%-75% average (for MPP and 5+1 applications) or an 80% or better average if planning to reapply for a Clinical Psychology program. 
 
Students should be aware that not all universities look on a reattempt in the same way and some may underweight reattempted results in their entry ranking criteria. Cairnmillar will only count the most recent attempt in WAM calculation for internal applicants. 
 
Students will be given specific enrolment and course planning advice to best obtain their target WAM.  
 
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Pre-professional Psychology with a final WAM of 85% will be guaranteed an early interview for the Cairnmillar 2022 intake Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) should they be otherwise also eligible and choose to apply. Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Pre-professional Psychology with a WAM of 75% will be guaranteed an early interview for the Cairnmillar 2022 intake Master of Professional Psychology should they be otherwise also eligible and choose to apply. Applications for these programs are competitive and an interview does not guarantee an offer. 

HONOURS ENTRY PATHWAY 

NOTE: This course is not designed as an entry pathway for the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program. Credit for the 4 units undertaken can also be cross-credited to the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program if successful, students will still need a WAM of 65% or higher in their undergraduate sequence for transfer.  

If you have not yet completed honours or equivalent APAC accredited 4th year and your WAM is below 65% in your undergraduate sequence or equivalent, please refer to the Graduate Certificate of Psychological Sciences instead. Standard entry Honours applicants who have a WAM of 65% or higher in the APAC accredited undergraduate or equivalent program, should wait and apply for mid-year July 2021 entry direct to the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program as this program is not designed as an admission pathway for Honours. 

 


APPLY NOW! 

Applications are open now for the July intake of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling only and close May 31st 2021. To apply, please visit our Apply Now page. 

Further information, including tuition fees and entry standards, can also be found here: https://www.cairnmillar.org.au/csc 


FEES 

Fees and Funding 
Due to the government funding each course will be significantly subsidised to a total cost of $3600 for all 4 units of study (only $900 per unit) if completed in 2021. That’s a significant saving for students of at least $7600 to $10800 for these courses. Places are limited so apply now to avoid disappointment.