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Counselling Theory For Practice Level 6

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Evening

Duration 29 weeks

Start date Nov 2022

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Course overview

In this 22-week-long course, beginning in late November you will be introduced to the Psychodynamic, Behavioural/Cognitive and Humanistic Schools of Counselling and the role of the Counsellor in each approach. The course invites you to consider yourself, your life story and how you experience your world and to apply this to the different theories taught.

The course is a stand-alone course for those interested in furthering their understanding of counselling and related helping professions. Successful completion of the course also enables you to apply to progress to the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Counselling as the next step in your professional training or other similar HNC courses.

The course is intended to help you not only develop your understanding of theory but to develop your self-awareness and ability to compassionately understand your view of yourself and the world you inhabit. Students are expected to have high levels of maturity and robustness in dealing with sensitive material.

What you will learn

You will study the theories of;

  • Freud, Jung, Erikson & Adler from the Psychodynamic Approach
  • Pavlov, Skinner, Bandura, Kelly, Ellis & Beck from the Behavioural/Cognitive Approach
  • Rogers, Perls, Berne, Yalom & Van-Deurzen from the Humanistic Approach
  • You will also undertake Counselling Skills training working with your student colleagues and choosing one approach to counselling from the list above to underpin your work.

Placement information

  • There is no requirement for you to be in a placement during the course, however, it is highly recommended that you gain some experience in developing helping relationships before or during the course.

How the course is assessed

  • The course is assessed through 4 assessments, 3 of which are project/essay-based and one of which is an observed demonstration of your Counselling Skills

Number of days per week

  • 1 class per week. Thursday 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm. November - June 

Entry requirements

This course is open to anyone with an interest in counseling who can evidence the ability to study at SQA Level 6 and who has either undertaken the Introduction to Counselling Course (or equivalent) or who has sufficient experience in the field of Helping Relationships.

For more information contact; John.Maguire@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

Prospective students may be invited to attend an interview and be asked to submit a short piece of written work based on researching one approach to counseling to evidence their ability to read and write at SQA Level 6 proficiency. Students will also be assessed on their maturity and readiness to study counseling and Human Personality Development at this level.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS; 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • HNC in Counselling
  • Other Social Science courses at the HNC level
  • Students may also apply to undertake the first of the 4 COSCA Counselling Skills modules; Module 1 with an aim to progress to Module 4. 

Career options

  • Students undertaking this course may find it helpful in developing careers in helping professions or enhancing their skills base for progression in their existing roles.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Evening 17/11/22 29 Weeks

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