Orkney College UHI




This HNC Counselling is designed to appeal not only to those who wish to progress and eventually qualify as a counsellor, but also to those practicing in any sector that would benefit from the range of skills employed in a helping/supporting relationship, for example: community work; social care; education; criminal justice; health services; and voluntary work. The course integrates theory, skills practice, reflection, and self-development. There is a strong emphasis on personal development and there will be work relating to reflective skills, self-awareness, assertiveness, and dealing with challenges. The HNC doesn't qualify you to practice counselling but is the ideal stepping stone if you wish to proceed onto this career path.

Core modules include:

Cognitive and behavioural counselling theory; Humanistic counselling theory; Loss, grief and bereavement; Psychodynamic counselling theory; Relationship-centred counselling; Understanding addictive behaviours; Work placement (this is a taster placement, you will not deliver counselling at this stage).

Entry Requirements

Counselling qualification at SCQF Level 6.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health and Wellbeing

SCQF Level