Glasgow Clyde College


Anniesland Campus


HND Counselling (Level 8) is an incredibly popular course which is jointly awarded by the SQA and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). HND Counselling builds on the skills and knowledge gained on the HNC Counselling course.

It aims to develop learners' ability to form a therapeutic relationship with clients in a range of counselling settings and to develop skills in research, evaluation and personal development. It will also develop learners' awareness of the health, safety and security requirements for safe working.

Once the HND Counselling is completed, it enables professional registration as a Counsellor and a Member of the BACP.

This HND Counselling qualification incorporates the study of counselling skills, counselling theory, professional values, principles, and ethics, alongside enhanced self-reflection and awareness, whilst you build your practice experience to achieve the mandatory 100 hours of supervised client contact on placement.

The BACP ethical framework for counselling professions is embedded throughout this course and you will be given the opportunity to develop your counselling skills, reflective knowledge and awareness via supervised practice with clients. Further study of the importance of contractual relationships and ethical and regulatory frameworks will also be covered.

Entry Requirements

HNC Counselling. Interview. A minimum of 90% attendance on HNC Counselling.

Progression Routes

Successful students may apply to join the BACP national register as a professionally registered counsellor.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Care and Counselling

SCQF Level