Edinburgh College


Sighthill Campus


Counselling is a unique way of helping people to become a more authentic and complete version of themselves. This requires not just enhancing our communication and listening skills, but also a broad understanding of theories around human psychological and personality development. Our HNC aims to offer you a transformative experience in which you will learn to recognise, confront and challenge your own inner process and not only identify your psychological and emotional strengths but also identify the parts of you that most require development and growth.

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 course is the gateway to the Higher National Diploma in Counselling, which after successful completion, students can apply to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy for registration as fully qualified counsellors. The course also is considered sufficient to equip students to apply for postgraduate studies at University level in counselling or other related fields and many of our students progress to Edinburgh University, Abertay University and Strathclyde University.

Entry Requirements

Basic counselling skills training such as Introduction to Counselling. You must submit evidence of prior learning through writing a reflective account. Volunteer or work placement is recommended.

Progression Routes

HND or Degree level study

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health Professions and Social Services

SCQF Level