Glasgow Clyde College


Anniesland Campus


HNC Counselling (SCQF Level 7) is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of counselling theories and skills with the opportunity to apply these in classroom environments in simulated situations. The course is designed to integrate theory, practice, reflection and self-development, and covers subject areas such as humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural theories, understanding and working with addictive behaviours, and personal development in a therapeutic setting.

The HNC Counselling course provides a coherent and progressive learning programme relevant to the current needs of the counselling sector in Scotland.

Subjects covered (including an Addiction Counselling Group Award*):
Personal development planning; Humanistic counselling theory; Loss, grief and bereavement in a counselling setting; Relationship-centred counselling skills; Understanding addictive behaviours*; Behavioural and cognitive counselling; Group counselling skills; Relationship-centred counselling skills; Working with addictive behaviours*; Psychodynamic counselling theory; Relationship-centred counselling skills; Working with substance misuse*; Graded unit 1; Personal development in a counselling skills setting.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers, preferably including English, or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview.

Progression Routes

The HNC can lead to work within an agency or organisation where counselling skills are required or progression to further study in psychology or counselling.

Candidates who successfully complete this course are offered the opportunity to apply for Higher National Diploma: Counselling.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Care and Counselling

SCQF Level