The HNC is aimed at those working in or seeking to work in a variety of counselling settings. It may also be attractive to workers in the wider care, advice or guidance settings where counselling skills are becoming increasingly important. It is intended to provide training contextualised to the counselling environment within the public, voluntary and independent/private sectors.
The qualification incorporates the knowledge, understanding and skills required for progression into employment or further study. It assigns a central role to the value base essential to professional practice. It recognises and responds to change in the provision of Counselling and provides a flexible framework to meet the changing needs of employers in the sector.
- Counselling Skills and Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive/Behavioural Theories
- A Personal Development group runs throughout the course
- You will also learn about the effects of Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Addictive Behaviour and study
- Group Work skills
How Course Is Assessed:
- A Graded Unit. This equates to approx. 480 hours of study
- Practical and experiential work is an essential component of the course
- This course is also assessed through reports essays practical sessions and SQA national assessments
Number of Days per week:
- Full-time - over 1 year Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 9-4 pm Part-time over 2 years 2–9 pm on a Tuesday
- Please note the days and times are subject to change. These will be confirmed at interview.
- Completed basic counselling skills training e.g Introduction to Counselling and or Counselling Theory for Practice an Introduction or any other equivalent course
- Candidates may be required to submit evidence of prior learning through writing a reflective account
- You are also expected to be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of academic ability for this demanding course i.e to Higher level or equivalent
- Adult returners may need to evidence ability through the submission of a written task that will be set by the college
- A high level of emotional maturity and a willingness to develop personally and an ability to reflect on self-awareness are essential
- It is also recommended that you develop your practice by participating in a volunteer or work placement.
English Proficiency Requirements:
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- Diploma level training in Counselling
- University entrance to Mental Health Nursing or Social Sciences
- Employment in the mental health and voluntary sectors
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