Ayrshire College


Ayr Campus


This is a journey of personal and professional growth. You’ll gain skills which are essential for starting a career in counselling but can also be used across other sectors. Active listening, empathy and non-judgmental approaches are useful in all aspects of life. More and more people need guidance and help, and this increase in demand means that there’s no shortage of opportunities. Apply now to start a career which will make a lasting impact on others.

The course will cover key aspects of counselling:

counselling concepts and skills; behavioural and cognitive counselling theories; humanistic counselling theories; psychodynamic counselling theories; group counselling theories; self-evaluation; addictive behaviour and dependency; and, loss, grief and bereavement.

Entry Requirements

2 relevant Highers including English plus preferably National 5 Maths, or Higher Health and Social Care (Level 6), or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Entry is subject to an interview.

Progression Routes

Degree, postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma programme, or employment.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health and Social Care

SCQF Level