Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Academic Programmes

  • Accredited and awarded by Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Organised by the Executive Counselling and Training Academy in academic partnership with Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health
  • The Master of Counselling offered at the Hawthorn, Australia campus of Swinburne University of Technology is equivalent to the Master of Counselling (Advanced) offered in Singapore in partnership with ECTA.

Graduate Diploma of Counselling


The Graduate Diploma in Counselling is a 6-month course at ECTA Singapore. The counselling course is the second stage of a 24-month “nested suite” course that also includes Stage 1: Graduate Certificate of Counselling, and Stage 3: Master of Counselling (Advanced). It will be coordinated by experts from Singapore and abroad.

Total Credit Points: 50.0

Course Structure


PSC70015: Specific Approaches to Counselling12.5

PSC70017: Advanced Interventions in Counselling and Group Processes12.5

PSC70002: Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorders12.5

PSC70009: Counselling Research Processes12.5

Awarded with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling CP: 50.0

Course Aims

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is designed to develop counselling competencies and provide training for professionals who seek to incorporate advanced counselling skills in their primary occupational role. The aim is to equip our Counselling Interns with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to establish and maintain an effective alliance with their Clients in order to assist them to work through issues and concerns towards making an effective change.

The course will introduce our Counselling Interns to the major theoretical principles and develop in them an understanding on how various interventions can be applied in counselling settings. Counselling Interns will also learn to competently apply research methodology in a multi-cultural setting. The course is intended to prepare Counselling Interns for professional practice as a counsellor in a range of human service organisations.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the counselling intern will be able to:

  1. gain a deeper understanding of the major theoretical approaches;
  2. examine professional ethics;
  3. undertake research into cross-cultural issues; and
  4. develop the knowledge and competencies to manage counselling issues and interventions.


The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is a 6-month course. It is the second stage of a 24-month “nested suite” course that also includes Stage 1: Graduate Certificate of Counselling, and Stage 3: Master of Counselling (Advanced). Lectures are held usually held on one weekday evening per week and on some Saturdays for the full day.

Duration: Part-time, 6 months


Lectures :123
Clinical Practice :99
~Case Management :30
~Group Supervision :9
~Individual Supervision :6
~Counselling Direct Contact Hours :30
~Professional Development Learning (PDL) :20
~Clinical Facilities Visit :4

Entry Requirements

This programme is an extension of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling accredited and awarded by the Swinburne University of Technology.

Applicants may be accepted directly into the Graduate Diploma of Counselling programme if they have completed counselling related programmes from a recognised university or institution. Credit exemptions, where applicable, may be granted up to a maximum of 50% of the nested suite of courses.

Direct entry applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, subject to the decision of the Clinical and Academic Director of ECTA and approved by Swinburne University of Technology.

The following requirements apply:

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.

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


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


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.

Lecturer : Students Ratio

Course Title: Graduate Diploma of Counselling1 lecturer:40 – 48 students
Group Supervision1 supervisor:15 students
Individual Supervision1 supervisor:1 student

Course Fees

Please refer to the Fee Payment Structure for more information.

Course Assessments

The course assessments are available in the Course Guidebook which will be given on the day of course orientation session. Members of the public can have access to the information by calling or e-mailing ECTA.

PSC70015 / Specific Approaches to Counselling (12.5 Credit Points)
1 Essay, 1 Online Assessment and 1 Written Examination required for this unit

PSC70009 / Counselling Research and Processes (12.5 Credit Points)
1 Major Group Research Project and 1 Individual Essay required for this unit

PSC70002 / Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorder (12.5 Credit Points)
1 Essay and 1 Case Study required for this unit

PSC70017 / Advanced Interventions in Counselling and Group Practices (12.5 Credit Points)
Practicum log of counselling hours and clinical supervisor’s final report required for this unit

Graduating Criteria

The graduating criteria are available in the Course Guidebook which will be given on the day of the Course Orientation. Members of the public can have access to the information by calling or e-mailing ECTA.

Upon graduation, students will be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Counselling. Please  click here  for sample certificate.

Teaching Methodology

Counselling interns will develop and enhance their counselling skills through an integrated approach based on lectures, role-plays, video-clip viewing, small group discussions and clinical supervision.


Download Master of Counselling (Advanced) PDF Brochure.

Click Apply Now to submit your application