If you have an HNC Counselling, this course provides you with the opportunity to progress onto the HND. 

The HND is for those specifically seeking a career in the counselling sector. It will help you professionalise the industry, particularly in Scotland, by providing a qualification which meets the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) requirements for individual entry to the national professional register.

  • This course is only being delivered over two years, part-time.
  • Professional Standards
  • Research Skills 
  • Pluralistic counselling
  • Psychopathology
  • Values and principles of counselling
  • Personal development
  • Workplace practice
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Other optional units


  • Direct entry into year 2 (HND) requires the full, successful completion of the related HNC  SQA credits and Graded Unit A pass 
  • Positive reference from a lecturer/teacher or employer
  • Interview - including group exercise, written piece, individual interview 
  • Evidence of personal development or volunteering in a counselling service

Please note:

  • It is the student's responsibility to secure a placement that meets their professional and developmental needs in addition to meeting the requirements of the course.
  • It is mandatory that students successfully achieve 100 supervised, one to one, face to face counselling hours in placement. 
  • It is expected that students may take up to an additional 12 months beyond the completion of the course to successfully complete 100 hours of placement, a minimum of 50% of which must be delivered face to face. 
  • SAAS funding does not cover the period after your taught hours have been completed. If a student fails to achieve these hours within the allotted time for the placement it may result in the non-completion of the HND award.
  • Placement supervision costs
  • Travel to placement
  • Books – approx. £100
  • BACP student membership - exact costs are subject to available on BACP website

You may be required to take part in and pass all of the below as part of the application process:

  • Participate and be evaluated as part of a  group
  • An individual case study written exercise
  • A portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • Readiness to practice – self evaluation
  • Individual interview
  • Personal statement
  • Academic reference and witness testimony from suitably qualified people