Click the drop-down boxes below to find out about Avondale’s Undergraduate Specialisation in Counselling, and NEW Postgraduate Graduate Diploma in Counselling!

To enquire about studying, please use the form on this page to contact our admissions team.

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About Avondale

  • Avondale College of Higher Education offers holistic education, educating mentally, spiritually and socially.
  • Established in 1897.
  • A nurturing, Christian environment.

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate – BA, Specialisation in Counselling

Avondale's Bachelor of Arts (BA), specialisation in Counselling, is designed to equip graduates to be fully qualified and registered counsellors. This course is developed to give you an understanding of the various issues that people face, and how best to lead them into positive change. You will complete three units of the degree via distance education through the University of New England (UNE), and the remainder of your degree on Avondale's Lake Macquarie campus.
  • Includes clinical placement providing approximately 100 hours of face to face counselling experience
  • Provides the foundations for a career as a counsellor (relationship and individual), Careers Officer, School Counsellor, Welfare Worker, Youth Worker.

Bachelor of Arts (Specialisation in Counselling)

Course duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available for some units

NEW! Postgraduate – Graduate Diploma in Counselling

NEW! Postgraduate - Graduate Diploma in Counselling

This new program commences in first semester, 2019. Ideally suited to those who wish to move into a new career or ad a new skill set to their current role, this program meets the professional requirements of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and renders students industry ready.
  • No prior education in counselling or psychology required. You do need a previous bachelor’s level degree.
  • Experiential learning
  • Emphasis on Christian values and spiritual integration
  • Includes clinical placement providing approximately 100 hours of face to face counselling experience
  • Provides the foundations for a career in school counselling, gambling counselling, private practice, telephone counselling, relationship counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, welfare and/or youth work counselling.

Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Course duration: Two years full-time (or part-time equivalent with up to six years to complete)
Study mode: On-campus or distance education (distance/online option includes intensives on-campus).

Admissions & Course Enquiries


Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Monday to Thursday: 9.00am-5pm
Friday: 9.00am-12.00noon

General Enquiries

Lake Macquarie Campus

Phone: +61 2 4980 2222
Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-5pm
Friday, 8.30am-12.15pm

Clinical Education Centre

Sydney Campus

Phone: +61 2 9480 3630
Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-5pm
Friday, 8.30am-12.15pm

For all student finance enquiries, contact the Student Finance Office.

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Directions and Locations

Lake Macquarie Campus

582 Freemans Drive
Cooranbong NSW 2265
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Sydney Campus

185 Fox Valley Road
Wahroonga NSW 2076

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1/131 Queen St
Melbourne Victoria, 3000

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Melbourne Victoria, 3000