This course is specifically designed for you if you already have a knowledge of counselling. It provides you with the skills, theoretical knowledge, and personal development required to use counselling skills with people in a range of settings.

This can be a very demanding course and you will need to assess realistically your ability to develop academic skills, practical counselling skills, and learning comprehensive counselling theory. 


  • One year full-time
  • Two years part-time
  • Relationship centred counselling 1-3. This will enable you to develop skills to an advanced level using the Egan 3: Stage Model
  • Counselling theories. You will look in detail at the historical development of the different counselling approaches and their application
  • Personal development in a counselling skills setting and further development of self-awareness and personal growth
  • Loss and grief in a counselling setting
  • Counselling supervision

One of the following:

  • Advanced certificate in  Counselling Skills SCQF Level 6 or equivalent (Fife College course) 
  • Participation in voluntary/paid work experience in a counselling setting or people centred workplace setting
  • Two Highers in relevant subjects 
  • Progression to diploma level
  • HND: Counselling SCQF Level 8 (BACP Approved)
  • It is possible to progress on to a degree at university from this course - see our HE and Degree Pathways guide for more information<
  • A variety of careers that require counselling skills
  • Information session