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Guidance and Counselling

18 months
30960 AUD/year
21960 AUD/year
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Learn from world-class lecturers to understand how to design solutions for complex issues of professional guidance. You will study core subjects and select from a range of electives, plus undertake a research project to deepen your knowledge in a speciality area. Apply to the Guidance and Counselling program offered at James Cook University. 


On successful completion of the Guidance and Counselling program offered at James Cook University, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of theoretical and professional knowledge, research methods, ethical reasoning principles and recent developments in guidance and counselling, with depth in the Professional Standards of the Australian Counselling Association and their Code of Ethics and Practice, and / or the Singapore Association for Counselling and their Code of Ethics 
  • Reflect on deep and critical approaches to learning in issues relating to the tropics, sustainability, and Indigenous, regional and rural wellbeing, and their application in the guidance and counselling field, including career development
  • Critically review, analyse and synthesise theoretical propositions, professional practice and research principles and methodologies in guidance and counselling, including intercultural and career development applications
  • Interpret, evaluate, generate and justify complex ideas, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders, using advanced speaking, reading, writing, listening, numeracy and advocacy skills
  • Identify, theorise and design solutions for complex issues in a range of professional guidance and counselling practice contexts including career development, exercising expert judgement, adaptability and collaboration
  • Design, plan and ethically execute a substantial research-based project with creativity and initiative and a high level of autonomy and accountability.

Career Opportunities

  • Diversify your teaching and human resource management skills with a JCU Master of Guidance and Counselling.
  • You could provide specialist human resource management skills across the public or private sector for business or government, as well working in schools as a guidance counsellor.
  • This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association and the Singapore Association for Counselling, giving you the ability to pursue a career internationally.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Atypical Development
  • Counselling Theory
  • Counselling Practice
  • Advanced Counselling 
  • Practicum in Guidance and Counselling
  • Reflective Practice Research in Guidance and Counselling
  • Career and Leisure Guidance and Counselling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Provider Code 00117J

  • AQF level 7 bachelor in cognate discipline 
  • US: Satisfactory completion of one year at a recognised university with a minimum GPA of 2.8, however, students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 will be considered for the study abroad program.
  • Germany: Successful completion of six months of study at a recognised German university with an overall grade of Pass or successful completion of Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or Reifezeugnis.
  • Sweden: Successful completion of Upper Secondary School or Kommunal vuxenutbildning (Komvux) with a minimum GPA of 12.
  • Norway: Successful completion of at least six months of study at a recognised higher education institution in Norway; or successful completion of Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skolen with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Denmark: Successful completion of one semester of study at a recognised higher education institution in Denmark with an overall grade of Pass (average of D).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30960 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30960 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    21960 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21960 AUD per year during 18 months.

Estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for domestic students for a full-time study load $4,335.00


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