HND Counselling

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The HN Diploma in Counselling is a full time course that is highly demanding and requires attendance of two and half days per week at college combined with up to two days per week in supervised practice and self-directed study. The course will be delivered by practicing, experienced registered counsellors using a wide range of assessment methods including case studies, essays and reflective accounts. Candidates must have successfully passed HNC in Counselling qualification.



Successful completion of a full-time HNC in Counselling course.

Important note - successful candidates are 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 not a mandatory requirement for candidates. Candidates must attend a minimum of 100 hours of practice placement and 400 taught hours to be eligible for progressing to BACP Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) closed book online examination
  • Secure practice placement in a formal counselling setting. This is discussed further following enrolment on to the course and prospective placements should not be contacted beforehand.

In addition they must demonstrate the potential for developing the following:

  • Self-awareness, maturity and stability
  • Ability to make use of and reflect upon life experience
  • Capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course
  • Ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirement
  • Ability to form a helping relationship
  • Ability to be self-critical and use both positive and negative feedback
  • Awareness of the nature of prejudice and oppression
  • Awareness of issues of difference and equality
  • Ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support
  • Competence in, or the aptitude to develop, generic professional skills, including:
    • literacy;
    • numeracy;
    • information technology;
    • administrative skills;
    • self-management skills;
    • communication;
    • interpersonal skills.

Some of the subjects you will study:

  • Values and Principles of Practice
  • Self Evaluation for Counsellors
  • Supervised Practice
  • Personal Development in a Therapeutic Setting
  • Group Experience: Humanistic Approach
  • Research Skills
  • Contemporary Humanistic and Pluralistic Counselling Theories
  • Psychopathology
  • Professional Standards
  • Working with Addictive Behaviour
  • Working with Substance Misuse
  • Graded Unit

The HND enables professional registration as a Counsellor and a member of the BACP.