• Counselling
  • August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • HND (SCQF Level 8)


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Intro to the course:

The HND in Counselling is a full time course that, on completion, enables professional registration as a Counsellor with BACP. This is a highly demanding and competitive course that requires attendance in college, participation in supervised practice and self-directed study.

HND (SCQF Level 8)

Study mode

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Who is the course for?

This course is for people  who want to gain professional registration as a Counsellor with BACP

What will I study?

  • contemporary humanistic counselling theory 
  • contemporary pluralistic counselling 
  • psychopathology for counsellors 
  • personal development in a therapeutic setting     
  • group experience: Humanistic approach     
  • professional standards   
  • self-evaluation for counsellors   
  • supervised practice   
  • values and principles for practice 
  • graded unit 2

Next step course options

Direct entry (at the discretion of the university) into third year of a BA (Hons) degree in a related subject

How will I be assessed?

Supervised practice, written assignments and a graded unit.

You will be required to gain Student Membership of BACP prior to beginning direct practice and be covered by an appropriate Indemnity Insurance policy.  A PVG Disclosure will be required.  Personal therapy is recommended, but is not a mandatory requirement. 

You must attend a minimum of 400 taught hours and 100 hours of client contact to be eligible for progressing to the BACP CoP at the end of the course. You are required to source your own counselling placement and supervision. 

Why should I choose this course?

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. 

Where can this course lead?

  • counselling practice 
  • social care or social work 
  • health care
  • education 
  • police service 
  • human resources (HR) 

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements (minimum): 

You must have successfully passed HNC Counselling with

  • 15 credits 
  • a Grade A in your HNC Graded Unit 
  • minimum of 90% attendance 
  • excellent references from your course tutor and one other professional referee 
  • successful interview - including group exercise, written piece, individual interview  
  • evidence of personal development or volunteering in a counselling service  
  • Disclosure Scotland PVG check 

This is a popular course, so we encourage you to apply early.

What are the interview arrangements?

Interview on campus with the lecturing team. This will include a group exercise, written task and individual interview.

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.

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Other information:

Students may eligible to apply for SAAS funding.

Full time course: Attendance on this course will be 3 days per week.

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Study mode Full-Time Start date 27/08/2024 Duration 1 year
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