Graduate Certificate of Counselling

Provided by Kaplan Higher Education Academy


Awarded by Monash University

Course introduction


Programme Description
Contemporary human needs include mental health care and wellbeing. This programme addresses these growing needs by equipping you as a professional, and allowing you to explore, identify and examine intervention strategies to assist those who are at risk.
Designed by experienced educators with substantial experience working as professional counsellors and psychologists, this programme will provide you with knowledge of theories, concepts, principles, issues, and contexts relevant to working as a counsellor, as well as preparatory skills.
In this programme, you will focus on the following areas:

  • Lifespan development and counselling approaches relevant to issues experienced throughout the lifespan
  • Theory and counselling practice that leads to positive change, effective coping, and mental/emotional well-being
  • Principles, guidelines, and issues in conducting counselling in an ethically appropriate manner
  • Foundational interviewing and counselling skills as an interpersonal process, and the application of these to diverse contexts.
For those already with an established career, the programme will provide complementary knowledge and understanding of human behaviour which may be applied to enable a positive, supportive and safe workplace environment.
Graduation & Degree Awarded
Students who successfully complete and pass the modules stipulated in the programme structure will be awarded the Graduate Certificate of Counselling from Monash UniversityAustralia.
The Degree will be the same as that awarded to the on-campus graduates in Australia.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure


Area of Studies

Core Units
This programme comprises 24-credit points structured into 4 units over 6 months.
You must complete the following 4 units:

  • EDF5000 Lifespan development and counselling
  • EDF5001 Counselling for change and transition
  • EDF5002 Introduction to ethics and professional issues in counselling
  • EDF5003 Foundations in counselling: Evidence-based practice

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

  • Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification with a 60% average.
English Language Requirement
  • IELTS 7.0 (no band below 7.0) or equivalent
  • Applicants are required to meet the University’s English language requirement. Click here for more information.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Each term is a 3-month period covering 2 units of study. Each unit consists of 20 contact hours and will be conducted on week 4 or week 5 of the term, from Thursday till Sunday, after office hours in the evenings and/or over the weekends/public holidays.

Assessment & Exams
100% course work

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fees
The total tuition fee covers university registration, lectures/tutorials/workshops and main assessments such as assignments/tests/examinations/projects (where applicable), programme materials in digital format, Degree (if earned) and transcript.
For Singaporean/PR

  Fee inclusive of 8% GST(applicable on or after 1 January 2023)
Programme Fee S$13,700.45
payable in 2 instalments
Receive a S$400 referral fee when you recommend a friend to enrol in our Degree programme

Non-Tuition Fees
For Singaporean/PR
  Fee inclusive of 8% GST(applicable on or after 1 January 2023)
Non-Refundable Application Fee S$205.20
Student Development Fee S$280.80
Payment for this fee will be included in the first instalment.
The Student Development Fee covers the provision of a comprehensive range of initiatives aimed at enhancing the career and industry-readiness of Kaplan students, such as programmes aimed at improving interpersonal skills, technical and digital skills, as well as career advisory and job matching services. 
All fees indicated are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST) at the prevailing rate. The prevailing GST rate from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023 is 8%. From 1 January 2024, the GST rate will increase to 9%. For more information on the GST revision, please refer to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) website. Please refer to the official price list for a detailed breakdown.
Fees remain subject to change. Applicant will be charged the prevailing fees and GST at the time of application. For more information about the programme, please contact our programme consultant.

Education Loan
Choice of flexible repayment schemes available to suit your needs.
  • Standard Repayment: Pay your monthly instalments (principal and interest) once your loan is disbursed.
  • Partial Repayment: Pay partial instalments for up to 3 years or till the end of your programme, whichever is earlier. Standard monthly instalments (principal and interest) will commence thereafter.
  • Interest Servicing: Pay only interest for up to 3 years or till the end of your programme, whichever is earlier. Standard monthly instalments (principal and interest) will commence thereafter.
  • Flexible repayment tenure of up to 8 years.
Commencement Date
There are 2 intakes per year:
– January
– July
Please contact our programme consultant to obtain a copy of the class schedule.
Minimum class size: 20 students
Class may commence with fewer students than indicated above, subject to resource availability. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified at least 1 week before the programme commencement date, stated in your student contract with Kaplan, and our consultants will contact you to advise on a backup plan.
Maximum allowed candidature period: 3 years
If a student fails to complete the programme within the candidature period, they will not be entitled to any recourse or refund.