South Lanarkshire College


This course is designed for those wishing to develop/enhance their knowledge and skills in order to progress towards a career in working with people and counselling.

The course is ideal for existing holders of certificates in Counselling Skills or appropriate National Units plus significant voluntary/paid work experience. The course provides the skills, main theoretical concepts and approaches to counselling required to develop a working knowledge of counselling ethics and boundaries.

The principal aim of the qualification is to provide a coherent and progressive learning programme relevant to the needs of the counselling sector in Scotland.

Students will study a wide range of counselling theorists from the cognitive and behavioural, humanistic and psychodynamic viewpoints. Students will also cover the counselling process based on Egan’s 3 stage Integrative Approach plus additional units.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers, preferably English and a social subject, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Entry subject to successful interview. Candidates should be over 18 at the start of the course.

Progression Routes

Degree level in Counselling

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level