Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

Applicants who do not possess at least 4 GCE “O” Level Credits, including a credit for English Language, are to attempt the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and attain an overall band score of at least 6.5 points.

RESIDENCY STATUS 
Applicants must be a Singapore Citizen, a Singapore Permanent Resident, or a holder of a valid Work Permit, or valid Dependent Pass.

ACADEMIC AND/OR PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • A Bachelor Degree (may not be counselling-related); OR
  • A Diploma (or its equivalent); OR
  • A Certificate (or its equivalent)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants will be assessed for suitability through:

  1. a face-to-face interview;
  2. a 200-word statement explaining why they have chosen to pursue a counselling programme, and what they intend to do with the qualifications attained; and
  3. one (1) character reference where the referee preparing the reference should have a good knowledge of the applicant’s quality of work and suitability for the counselling programme.
 
3 PATHWAYS TO SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY
QUALIFICATIONSTRACK(S)STAGE 1

Graduate Certificate of Counselling

STAGE 2

Graduate Diploma of Counselling

STAGE 3

Master of Counselling (Advanced)

Any Basic Degree  16 months 6 months12 months
Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a Basic Degree2Academic Credit Exemptions with InsertionsAcademic Credit Exemptions with Insertions12 months
Significant and Relevant Work Experience (SRWE) GCE ‘O’ or ‘A’ Level or Diploma with substantial work experience

No Academic Credit (Exemptions)

36 months6 months12 months

Definition of Significant and Relevant Work Experience 
Relevant work experience that can be used as a basis of admission to the Graduate Certificate of Counseling includes the following:

  1. Management and leadership programs;
  2. Skills development programs, e.g. negotiation skills, communication, people management;
  3. Short para-counseling courses, e.g. pastoral counseling;
  4. Personal development programs, e.g. parenting skills;
  5. Short courses on various counseling approaches, e.g. family violence or creative therapy;
  6. Community and social services programs;
  7. First year university courses that provide a broad overview of a relevant topic;
  8. Certificates of Educational Studies;
  9. Assessment and intervention programs; and,
  10. Community crisis response team training.
Lecturer : Students Ratio
Course Title: Graduate Certificate of Counselling1 lecturer:40 – 48 students
Group Supervision1 supervisor:15 students
Individual Supervision1 supervisor:1 student