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Health Professions & Social Services

Introduction To Counselling Course

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Part time
Evening

Duration 12 weeks

Start date Multiple available

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Course overview

12 WEEKS COURSE. THIS COURSE IS STEP 1 IN OUR COUNSELLING COURSE PATHWAY

Delivery will happen at our Sighthill Campus. If you are looking to develop a career in the voluntary and mental health sectors this introductory course is designed for you. The aim is to introduce you to some of the concepts and skills required to offer support through the use of listening and responding skills. You will learn about the counselling relationship by exploring different models of counselling and learning how to apply the skills of active listening in helping roles.

This course aims to teach you skills to be with people in a listening role and to develop your self-awareness and understanding but this is not a therapy or self-help group. Students must have the sufficient emotional maturity and psychological resilience to undertake self-learning. 

Your learning will be based on non-directive counselling although the mention is made of other counselling models to broaden your understanding. The emphasis is on practical skills and group exercises with a certain amount of written work necessary to achieve certification from SQA. You will participate in listening exercises working with peers to develop your counselling skills in a highly participative practical way. Assignments will mostly be group work and group presentation based.

This course is not a substitute for personal therapy and students are always encouraged to participate in therapy whilst undertaking counselling training courses. Counselling courses place strong emotional demands on students and you must be prepared for this and also, have the resilience to meet them. 

This is a Level 5 course. Students wishing to progress on to the Level 6 course and on to the level 7/8 HNC must successfully complete the Introduction Course first or evidence sufficient learning and training in other areas.

What you will learn

  • The Counselling Relationship
  • Counselling Skills
  • Listening and Responding Skills
  • Non-directive Counselling

How the course is assessed

  • You will be continually assessed through written and practical assignments. 

Number of days per week

  • 1 evening per week OR 1 daytime class per week (for 12 weeks). Please note, that this course will be offered online unless otherwise stated.

Entry requirements

  • Personal statement indicating why you want to do the course
  • Basic reading and writing skills are required

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • NC/Level 6 Counselling Theory For Practice 
  • HNC in Counselling (If you have the required learning/experience or have completed the Level 6 Intermediate Level Counselling Training Course) 
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling

Career options

  • This course can lead to enhanced work opportunities within the voluntary and mental health sectors 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Part time 31/08/22 12 Weeks
Sighthill Campus Evening 01/09/22 12 Weeks

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