Diploma of Counselling

The Diploma of Counselling is a Christian counselling course designed to equip students with foundational knowledge and core counselling skills that can be applied to various professional and pastoral counselling contexts.

The course is underpinned by a Christian worldview that understands humans as created in the image of God. Thus, relational at the core of their being and intrinsically valuable. Students will learn a holistic counselling framework that reflects on the client’s history and current circumstances and on all core aspects of human functioning: relational, physical, emotional, volitional, rational, and spiritual.


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1 year full-time or
Part-time equivalent

All applicants who endeavour to submit an application must meet the general admission requirements.

All domestic candidates must be Christian and 17 years old or older.

Applicants must confess their faith in Christ under the PBC Statement of Faith, be involved regularly in a local church, demonstrate a desire to be involved in church ministry, demonstrate the physical and psychological capacity for studying in a tertiary institution, agree to abide by PBC policies and procedures and agree to abide by the Student Code of Conduct.

Before applying, please ensure you have:

  • A Unique Student Identifier number (USI). If you don’t have one, you can apply here. To find your number, click here.
  • A colour PDF of your birth certificate, passport, and permanent resident visa (or a certified copy)
  • A digital passport-style image
  • A colour PDF of previous academic transcripts and certificates of completion(or a certified copy)
  • A page or two detailing your testimony, including how you became a Christian and why you believe the Lord would have you train for Christian life and service at PBC
  • Contact information for two chosen referees
  • Contact information for your Pastor/Leader.

All students will also be required to demonstrate English Proficiency, which is equivalent to an academic IELTS band of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each subset. This can be demonstrated by:

  • evidence of the completion of studies undertaken only in the English language;
  • evidence of the completion of English studies undertaken at TAFE or an equivalent institution;
  • completion of an external assessment of English language, for example an IELTS (Academic Version); and/or completion of an onsite English evaluation. Candidates will be required to attend the PBC campus to complete the evaluation.

In addition to demonstrating English Proficiency, students must either:

  • be qualified for admission to an Australian University;
  • have other acceptable post-secondary qualifications (e.g. PBC Diploma of Ministry with distinction average); or
  • qualify for admission as a mature age student.

When you have all the required supporting information for your application, please apply online here.

‘This course is not available for Overseas Students’

One-year full-time or a maximum 8-trimester part-time course that consists of 24 credit points (cps), or eight units.

The course can be taken through full-time, part-time, face-to-face on-site, synchronous online, asynchronous (online), flexible learning (augmented/blended), or intensive modes.

All domestic students must be 17 years old or above to enrol, while all overseas students must be 18 years old or above to enrol.

The Diploma of Counselling has six compulsory core units and two elective units.

Core Units:

  • Introduction to Counselling Theories
  • Introduction to Counselling Practicum
  • Legal & Ethical Practice
  • Counselling Therapies
  • Counselling in Cultural Context
  • Human Development

Elective Units:

  • Study Ready
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Crisis and Case Management
  • Pastoral Counselling Context, Process, and Practice
  • Critical Issues in Pastoral Counselling
  • Marriage and Family
  • Psychology for Counsellors
  • Self-Care, Counselling and Pastoral Care for the Ageing
  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Worldview and Witness
  • Overview of the New Testament
  • Overview of the Old Testament
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Christian Discipleship
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Theological Orientation for Ministry


Enrolment process

Before the beginning of each semester, each student shall apply for enrolment by completing and lodging an Enrolment Form, obtainable from the Student Office.

The Dean of Students and the Dean of Studies will arrange enrolment appointment days for enrolling new and returning students. These meetings will allow students to receive advice on which units to enrol in, ensuring they will meet the requirements of their course.

Enrolment forms must be completed before attending lectures for that semester. All enrolments must be finalised by the census date. Students cannot add new units or transfer between units after the census date.

Students may apply to change their course enrolment at the beginning of a new semester up until the census date.

Students must complete an Application for Change of Enrolment form to make such an application. Students must meet the requirements outlined in the Course Articulation and Change of Course Policy to qualify to change course enrolment.


PBC may permit the deferral of a course enrolment of a student in some circumstances as outlined in the Enrolment – Domestic Students Policy and Enrolment – Overseas Students Policy.

Fees and charges

PBC’s most current fee structure can be found on the Course Fees page.

Academic requirements

Please carefully read the academic requirements as listed on the award that you are interested in pursuing.

Student support is an important aspect at PBC.

We take our students’ success in their studies seriously and understand that good student support requires a holistic approach. As a result of our commitment to our students, we have consistently been ranked above 90% for the student support aspect in the national Student Experience Survey facilitated by the QILT team.

Read more about Student and Campus Services.

Access and Equity

PBC does not discriminate in the admission and access to its programs and activities based on disability, age, sex, race, colour or national or ethnic origin.

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