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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (PGDipCouns)

1.   Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling must
  (a)   have qualified for the award of a bachelors degree of the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  (b)   produce evidence of at least two years' prior experience and/or professional preparation in counselling.
  (c)   have been selected as a suitable person for the Counselling programme.
2.   In exceptional cases, based on academic merit or evidence of adequate professional preparation and experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 1 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed, either prior to or concurrently.
Requirements for the diploma
3.   Candidates must enrol and follow an approved programme of study in the School of Education for at least two years full-time, or the equivalent in part‑time study.
4.   Candidates must gain 180 points at Level 5 from the papers offered for the diploma including any compulsory papers from those prescribed in the Calendar.
5.   Candidates must pass the counselling practicum component to be eligible for the award of the PGDipCouns.
6.   The programme of study must comprise
  (a)   120 points from the compulsory papers as prescribed for the degree in the Calendar including a practicum, and
  (b)   60 points at Level 5 in Education Studies or other relevant disciplines.
7.   Approval to enrol in a dissertation will be subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor.
8.   Candidates must arrange their own practicum placement in order to meet the requirements of section 6(a) of these regulations. The arrangements must be approved by the Coordinator of Counsellor Education.
9.   Where a candidate fails a paper, he or she may be permitted to repeat the paper or take an alternative paper on one occasion only. A candidate who fails a paper will not be eligible for the award of distinction. A candidate who fails more than one paper will not be permitted to proceed with the degree.
10.   The diploma may be awarded with Distinction.
Exemptions and credit transfers
11.   Candidates who have completed the requirements of the PGDipCouns of the University of Waikato may be exempted from 180 points for the Master of Counselling degree.
12.   Candidates may substitute 30 points in an approved paper from other subjects listed in the Calendar in place of those prescribed for the diploma.
13.   The Academic Board or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.
The intake for this programme will be limited. Intending candidates should make enquiries regarding application and selection procedures to the Coordinator of Counselling Education by 31 October at the latest in the year prior to that in which they intend studying for the PGDipCouns.

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