Edinburgh College


Sighthill Campus


This course 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 & Psychotherapy for registration as fully qualified counsellors. The course also is considered sufficient to equip students to apply for post-graduate studies at the university level in counselling or other related fields.

The course recognises and responds to changes in the provision of counselling throughout the profession and provides a flexible framework to meet the changing needs of employers in the sector.

What you will learn:

The course involves a significant study of historical and contemporary theories and concepts around counselling and psychotherapy. This includes Person-Centred and other Humanistic approaches, Freudian and other psychodynamic approaches and Cognitive and other behavioural approaches

A Personal Development group runs throughout the course intertwined with modules in Group Counselling Skills, Self Evaluation and Personal Effectiveness to develop your understanding of yourself, your relationships with others, how you understand your past and its impact on who you are today. We also look at self-care and building your robustness in dealing with difficult situations and hearing difficult material in listening sessions.

You will also study counselling approaches to Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Counselling Supervision and other subjects relevant to the counselling field.

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