SCQF Level 7
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview

The HNC is aimed at those working in or seeking to work in a variety of counselling settings. It may also be attractive to workers in the wider care, advice or guidance settings where counselling skills are becoming increasingly important.

The qualification incorporates the knowledge, understanding and skills required for progression into employment or further study. It assigns a central role to the value base essential to professional practice. It recognises and responds to changes in the provision of Counselling and provides a flexible framework to meet the changing needs of employers in the sector.

Many people complete the course as a stand-alone qualification, others undertake it as a route to further training towards becoming a counsellor including the HND in Counselling for which this course is an essential element and which is a BACP recognised professional qualification in counselling. Students successfully completing the HND can apply to join the BACP Register of Counsellors.

What You Will Learn
  • The course involves a significant study of historical and contemporary theories and concepts around counselling and psychotherapy. This includes Person-Centred and other Humanistic approaches, Freudian and other Psychodynamic approaches and Cognitive and other Behavioural approaches
  • A Personal Development group runs throughout the course intertwined with a module in Group Counselling Skills to develop your understanding of self and how you relate to others
  • You will also study counselling and treatment approaches to Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Counselling Supervision, Self Evaluation and Personal Effectiveness or other subjects relevant to the counselling field.
  • Counselling Skills training continues throughout the full length of the course, working with colleagues in the classroom.
  • There is a compulsory weekend course (Saturday & Sunday) in June 2022
Entry Requirements
  • Completed basic counselling skills training e.g. Introduction to Counselling (available through this college) and/or Counselling Theory for Practice an Introduction or any other equivalent course. You are expected to be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of academic ability for this demanding course i.e. to Higher level or equivalent
  • Applicants will need to evidence learning ability through the submission of a short written reflective task that will be set by the college
  • A high level of emotional maturity, a willingness to develop personally and an ability to reflect on self-awareness are essential. These will be assessed through individual and group exercises at the interview.
  • It is also recommended that you develop your counselling skills practice by participating in a volunteer or work placement.
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • A Graded Unit. This equates to approx. 480 hours of study
  • Practical and experiential work is an essential component of the course
  • This course is also assessed through reports, essays, practical sessions and SQA national assessments
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Diploma level training in Counselling 
  • University entrance to Mental Health Nursing or Social Sciences 
  • Employment in the mental health and voluntary sectors
Career Opportunities
  • Employment in the mental health and voluntary sectors 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • Full-time over one-year: 3 days per week (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 9am-4pm) 
  • Part-time over two years: 1 day per week (Tuesday 1pm-8.15pm) 
  • Please note the days and times are subject to change and they will be confirmed at interview  
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £793 Sighthill part-time (year 1)
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021

Part Time

This course will start on…
  • Group A - Sighthill Campus - Tuesday 31st August at 1:15 PM (2021)
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022

Part Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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