Graduate Diploma in Counselling

The course is a one-year full-time programme.

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GDC) is intended for individuals looking for the basic training of listening and having a handle of the issues in human functioning and development. It enables one to be in the general people helping ministry. The GDC is one year full time and 1.5 to 3 years part-time.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Bible College

English Language Requirements

  • ‘A’ Level: B4 in ‘AO’ level General Paper or
  • TOEFL: 550 pts (or 80 for iBT) or
  • IELTS: 6.0 

General Requirements

  • At least 24 years old
  • Christian for at least 2 years
  • Evidence of involvement in ministry
  • Endorsement by church leadership

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 33 credit hours of studies 
  • Completion of  50 client-contact couselling hours, 20 hours of group supervision, 9 hours of individual supervision and 8 hours of personal therapy sessions
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

Curriculum from Jul 2021 onwards

First Semester Credit Hours
OT Survey 3
Christian Spirituality for Counsellors 2
Human Development 3
Introduction to Counselling Theories 2
Counselling Foundations and Practice of Listening Skills 3
Counselling Issues I - Common Problems 3
APA Referencing and Research Writing AU
Second Semester Credit Hours
NT Survey 3
Child & Adolescent Therapy 3
Social & Multi-cultural Issues in Counselling 2
Professional Ethics & Ethical Issues 2
Counselling Issues II-Trauma and Crisis Counselling 3
Psychopathology 2
Counselling Practicum G1 2

All applicants will undergo psychological assessment and a panel interview with the SOC faculty as part of the entry process.

Blended Learning at SBC

At SBC, we seek to build up our community through blended learning: designing synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using both physical and online platforms. Students may expect to be enriched with a variety of face-to-face and online learning experiences during their studies at SBC.