Counselling HND

Course code 548C

What is special about this course?

This HND Counselling* is ideal for those wishing to become professional counsellors. Designed to meet the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) requirements for individual entry to the professional register, the course is taught by experienced, practicing counsellors who hold current BACP membership. 
With a strong emphasis on personal development, the course integrates theory, skills practice, reflection, and self-development. You will strengthen your reflective skills, self-awareness, and assertiveness, and learn the best approaches for dealing with challenges. 
The course will benefit those who wish to progress and qualify as a counsellor, as well as those practicing in a sector that requires the range of skills employed in a helping/supporting relationship, for example: community work; social care; education; criminal justice; health services; and voluntary work.

*subject to validation

Special features

  • On successful completion of this course, you will graduate with a PDA in Addiction Counselling as well as an HNC and HND in Counselling
  • You will undertake 100 hours of placement practice in a counselling setting
  • Delivered by experienced, practising counsellors
  • Jointly developed by SQA and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Strong emphasis on personal development
  • Achieving the HNC allows for application to individual membership of the BACP. Access is always at the discretion of the BACP
  • Opportunity to engage with students across the UHI partnership in the online units
  • Personal therapy is not a mandatory requirement, but is recommended

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to this course is only available via year 1, HNC Counselling
  • Advanced entry to year 2 (HND) will be available from September 2023
  • This is a Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of this course is the HNC Counselling.

Year 2 - HND

Core modules may include:

  • Psychopathology for counsellors
  • Professional standards
  • Research skills
  • Working with substance abuse
  • Contemporary humanistic counselling theory
  • Self-evaluation for counsellors
  • Supervised practice (placement practice)

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
  • You will study the course 2 days per week, with 1 day delivered face-to-face at your UHI campus, and 1 day delivered online with students and lecturers from across the UHI partnership

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 years @ 14 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years @ 7 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours spent in lectures, you should also take into account your own time spent on individual study, placement hours and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2021-222022-23
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2021-222022-23
Full-time per year £6,915 £7,110
Part-time (per HN credit) £461 £474

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2021-222022-23
Full-time per year £7,230 £7,440
Part-time (per HN credit) £482 £496

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

  • You must be covered by an appropriate Indemnity Insurance Policy and have acquired Student Membership of BACP prior to placement practice
  • Personal therapy is recommended, but not a mandatory requirement
  • Regular professional, clinical supervision is a professional requirement during your placement practice. You will be responsible for presenting all cases for supervision not less than fortnightly

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you may wish to pursue a career in Professional counselling.

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

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