Course Outline:

This advanced-level HNC Counselling 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.

This course will start in August 2022.

Education Progression:

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


Entry Requirements:

One or more of the following:

  • 2 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.

Course Type and Length Options

Mode Length
Full-time 1 year
Part-time day 1 to 2 years

Career Progression:

This course leads to opportunities in:

  • Counselling practice
  • Social care
  • Social work
  • Health care
  • Early years
  • Education
  • Police service
  • Human resources (HR).

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/or experience of counselling through groupwork, lectures and guest speakers.

How will I be assessed?

Observation of practice, written assignments and a graded unit.

Why should I choose this HNC Counselling 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 in 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. To find out more about why you should study at South Lanarkshire College click here.

What are the interview arrangements?

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