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Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling offers career expansion for students wishing to add to their existing qualifications in social sciences or health sciences. You will be qualified to provide vocational evaluation, vocational counselling, and case management in workers compensation settings as a rehabilitation counsellor. 

The aim of rehabilitation counselling is to assist people with disabilities or disadvantage to attain maximum participation in employment and community life through appropriate assessment, counselling, service provision and support.

During this course, you will study: vocational development and counselling, applied psychosocial and medical rehabilitation, case management, client assessment and job placement, work injury and worker's compensation, and rehabilitation philosophy.

You will have the opportunity to experience your chosen career path via clinical fieldwork placements in workers compensation and rehabilitation settings. 

Why study with us?

  • You'll gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of clinical partners.
  • You'll learn from highly respected practitioners, clinicians and researchers.
  • With a multidisciplinary focus, we prepare graduates with generalist and specialist healthcare knowledge and skills.
  • Our research ranks "well above world class" (Excellence in Research for Australia level 5).
  • We offer a range of leadership and student support programs to give you the best possible opportunity for success.
  • We have world-class facilities, with purpose-built laboratories and on-site health clinics. 
  • In 2021, we will move to the purpose-built Health Precinct at Camperdown campus, which will for the first time bring multiple health disciplines together in a facility that translates research into education and clinical services.

How will you learn?

The course is offered on campus and by distance/ online. 

Who should study this course?

Health and non-health graduates who are looking to gain the skills required for professional practice as a rehabilitation counsellor.

Learn more about studying health sciences at Sydney. 

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Application dates

Applications open - 1 July of the preceding year

Applications close - 31 January of the commencing year

Offers released: Offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

If you would like to be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place, please submit your application for this course by 30 November 2019.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Application dates

Applications open - 15 March of the preceding year

Applications close - 31 January of the commencing year

Offers released: Offers are made throughout the year based on academic merit and subject to availability in the program.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling is embedded within the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling. The master's degree builds on concepts learned during the graduate diploma. You may choose to complete the graduate diploma, or use it as a pathway into the master's degree in this discipline. The course is a graduate-entry program (students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree prior to entry).

You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total 48 credit points (cp) incorporating eight core units.

For a more detailed unit of study overview, visit our handbook. 

Units of study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 200 hours.

This translates to 40 hours per week.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

Admission criteria

To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • A bachelor's degree, master's or research degree from an Australian institution or equivalent.
  • A minimum GPA of 4 out of 7.0 which is an approximate Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 percent (this does not guarantee an offer of a place as places are limited and offers are made based on academic merit)

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.

Career pathways

Graduates attain professional status as a rehabilitation counsellor and are qualified to provide specialist counselling, rehabilitation, and case management services to people who have experienced injury, disability or social disadvantage.

Rehabilitation counsellors work:

  • in government/public
  • in community or private rehabilitation settings
  • as industry, vocational/social trainers 
  • as counsellors in drug and alcohol, psychiatric and correctional settings
  • as human resource managers 
  • as private rehabilitation consultants 

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