• Counselling
  • August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Part-Time Day and Day Release
  • HNC (SCQF Level 7)


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Intro to the course:

This advanced-level course is for those wanting a career in counselling and in working with people. It is ideal for those with certificates in counselling skills or relevant national units, and those with significant voluntary or paid work experience. The course provides the skills, main theoretical concepts and approaches to counselling required to develop a working knowledge of counselling ethics and boundaries. The course programme is relevant to the counselling sector in Scotland.

HNC (SCQF Level 7)

Study mode
Multiple Available

Start date

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to develop their career in counselling. It will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or take their first steps into the counselling field.

What will I study?

You'll gain knowledge and experience or both of counselling through groupwork, lectures and guest speakers.

Next step course options

  • HND Counselling
  • Direct entry at the discretion of the university into second year of a BA (Hons) degree in a related subject

How will I be assessed?

Observation of practice, written assignments and a graded unit.

Why should I choose this course?

This is an area with good job prospects and earnings. This course will give you skills and knowledge for a future career in counselling and supporting people. Most students completing this course progress to an HND Counselling or to study psychology at university.

 You'll be taught by lecturers from the sector, and benefit from guest speakers from the public and private counselling sectors. We link with COSCA, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and NHS Scotland. This is a popular course, so we encourage you to apply early.

Where can this course lead?

This course leads to opportunities in: 

  • counselling practice 
  • social care, social work 
  • health care 
  • early years 
  • education 
  • police service 
  • human resources

What are the entry requirements?

One or more of the following: 

  • two Highers, preferably in English and a social subject if you've left school in the last five years 
  • qualifications at Higher level are advantageous
  • Introduction to Psychology and Counselling 
  • equivalent recognised counselling training and other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis 
  • relevant work experience of counselling in a paid or voluntary capacity 
  • candidates should be over 18 at the start of the course
  • acceptance may depend on interview, where and written task to show you can work at SCQF level 7

What are the interview arrangements?

Interview on campus with lecturing team, including a written task.

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

Click here to find out more about fees, finance and funding options.

Fees and finances for part time:

This course is eligible for:
- SAAS part time fee grant

Find out more about Individual Training Accounts (ITA): https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-training-accounts-ita

Find out more about Part-Time Fee Grants (PFGs): https://www.saas.gov.uk/part-time

Other information:

Applicants will be required to complete a criminal conviction declaration (students progressing to HND will require a Disclosure Scotland PVG check prior to placement)

Full time course: Attendance on this course will be 3 days per week.
Part time course: Attendance on this course will be 2 days per week in year 1 and 1 day per week in year 2.

Choose your study options

Study mode Full-Time Start date 27/08/2024 Duration 1 year
Study mode Part-Time Day and Day Release Start date 29/08/2024 Duration 1 year
Study mode Part-Time Day and Day Release Start date 27/08/2024 Duration 1 year
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