Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology

Quick course guide

National CRICOS Course Code:

074847G

Course length:

One year full-time or part-time equivalent

Study modes:

On-campus in Sydney

Units:

8

ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology provides students with the fifth and sixth years of professional training required for general registration as a psychologist in Australia. Graduates of this course can then complete an additional one-year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship to have the fifth and sixth years of training required for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology is conditionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), the body that set the standards for psychology education in Australia. It is comprised coursework as well as a 10,000 word thesis.

Graduates who complete this course and an additional one year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship and achieve general registration will be able to work as psychologists in Australia.

Entry Criteria/Prerequisites

  • Qualifications equivalent to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited four-year undergraduate sequence within the last 10 years and eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist (qualifications must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for equivalence and evidence of assessment provided).

Campuses

ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology is currently available on-campus in Sydney.

Course Duration and Start Dates

One year full-time
or
Part-time equivalent

One year full-time
or
Part-time equivalent

2014
Trimester 1 – Monday 17 February, 2014

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What will I learn?

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology has at its core three main principles:

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology has at its core three main principles:

  • Evidence-based
  • Multidisciplinary study
  • Intervention and change

For more information on this course, see our course structure below. 

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Study Modes

On-campus study in Sydney
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class

Fees

Cost per unit is AU$3620 (x6 units), AU$4820 (x1 unit), AU$2410 (x1 unit) for domestic students. For international student fees, click here.
FEE-HELP is available to eligible students for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you are eligible to receive FEE-HELP. If you are eligible and would like to pay your fees through FEE-HELP, please complete our online FEE-HELP form or request one by calling 1800 061 199.

Further Study

Graduates who complete the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology with a distinction average are eligible to apply to enrol in ACAP’s Master of Psychology (Clinical) with credit for up to eight units of study. You may be required to complete additional assessments prior to entry to the Master of Psychology (Clinical) and may be required to undertake additional supervised clinical practice during the program to ensure that you meet the requirements for the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Course Structure

Our Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology includes coursework and practical placements. It is sequenced to promote an integration of knowledge and skill development. 

Students will:

  • complete a minimum of 300 hours of practical/skills training
  • receive at least 1 hour of supervision per 7.5 hours of practical work

 

Course Structure

Our Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology includes coursework and practical placements. It is sequenced to promote an integration of knowledge and skill development. 

Students will:

  • complete a minimum of 300 hours of practical/skills training
  • receive at least 1 hour of supervision per 7.5 hours of practical work

Counselling, Communication and Culture

Psychology, Health and Wellbeing

Psychological Assessment for Professional  Psychology

Lifespan Psychopathology: Adulthood and Ageing

Lifespan Psychopathology: Children and Adolescents

Psychology Practice 1: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues

Research Methods for Professional Psychology

Psychology Practice 2: Working with Clients

For more information about the sequencing and structure of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, see our course guide.

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The Psychology Study Sequence

It takes 6 years to become eligible to be registered as a psychologist in Australia. The 6 years can be made up of:

  • 6 years of accredited study
  • 5 years of accredited study and 1 year of supervised practice
  • 4 years of accredited study and 2 years of supervised practice

A Career in Psychology

Psychology graduates build careers in areas where knowledge of psychology and well‑developed research and writing skills are valued, such as health and social welfare, social policy and research, market research, human services, disability and ageing, mental health services, juvenile justice, immigration and refugee support services. Some graduates continue their study in psychology with the aim of becoming registered psychologists and others undertake further specialist study for careers in diverse areas such as allied health, teaching, and business.

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Organisational Psychologist
  • Psychologist

Did you know?

  • Employment for psychologists is expected to grow very strongly for the period up to 2016-17.
  • ACAP offers Psychology courses from Bachelor through to Masters level - the full 6 year study sequence.

(Source: www.joboutlook.gov.au)