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  • Qualification

    HNC - Higher National Certificate

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

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.

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 changes in the provision of Counselling and provides a flexible framework to meet the changing needs of employers in the sector.

Many people complete the course as a stand-alone qualification, others undertake it as a route to further training towards becoming a counsellor including the HND in Counselling for which this course is an essential element and which is a BACP recognised professional qualification in counselling. Students successfully completing the HND can apply to join the BACP Register of Counsellors.

  • The course involves a significant study of historical and contemporary theories and concepts around counselling and psychotherapy. This includes Person-Centred and other Humanistic approaches, Freudian and other Psychodynamic approaches and Cognitive and other Behavioural approaches
  • A Personal Development group runs throughout the course intertwined with a module in Group Counselling Skills to develop your understanding of self and how you relate to others
  • You will also study counselling and treatment approaches to Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Addictive Behaviours or other subjects relevant to the counselling field.
  • Counselling Skills training continues throughout the full length of the course, working with colleagues in the classroom.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 7,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Edinburgh College

  • Campus address

    Edinburgh College, 24 Milton Road East, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH15 2PP, Scotland

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