If you have an HNC Counselling, this course provides you with the opportunity to progress onto Year 2 of 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 15 SQA credits and Graded Unit A pass 
  • For applicants who do not currently have the full 15 SQA credits, please contact us at for further support on the options available to you to be accepted onto this HND course
  • 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