Health Care and Social Services

HNC Counselling


Available at Coatbridge


This course is a progressive route into counselling as a profession and is aimed at those working in, or seeking to work in, a variety of counselling contexts. You will be provided with the opportunity to explore and advance your existing knowledge and/or experience of counselling and this will be useful for those working in the sector.

The course is ideal for existing holders of certificates in Counselling Skills or appropriate National Units plus significant voluntary/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.

In addition, the personal learning and development within the course of the programme aims to develop professional awareness and enhance career development.

Applicants who will not be 17 by 31st August 2022 are unable to apply for this course due to placement requirements.


Course Information

In order to gain a place on this programme, candidates must have received skills training and must demonstrate at interview their suitability to be allowed to undertake this programme.

Completion of the Introduction to Counselling unit and the Counselling Skills unit are necessary as is experience of counselling in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Counselling training and other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Qualifications at higher level are advantageous and all prospective students will be invited to attend an interview where you will be asked to write a short essay as part of the application process demonstrating the ability to work at SCQF Level 7.

If you've left school within the last five years, you'll need at least two Highers, preferably in English and a social subject.

Applications may be considered from individuals, who have successfully achieved the SCQF Level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare.

Please note: Your place on the course will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check in the form of an Enhanced PVG.

Students will attend college 2 full days per week. The college day starts at 9am and finishes at 4:15 pm.

You will learn a variety of relationship-centred counselling skills such as:

  • Humanistic Counselling Theory
  • Psychodynamic Counselling Theory
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Counselling
  • Theory Counselling and Graded Unit.

In addition you will benefit from full use of the college's counselling suites for skills practice in triads.

The HNC may lead to work within an agency or organisation where counselling skills are required, or progression to further study in counselling, psychology or related fields. Successful completion may lead to the opportunity to apply for the Higher National Diploma in Counselling which can result in BACP professional registration as a counsellor.

Classes Available



  • Days
  • 2 and a half days pw
  • Start Date
  • 22 Aug 2022