Glasgow Clyde College


Anniesland Campus


HNC Counselling at SCQF Level 7 is designed to provide the opportunity to further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the theory and practice of working with people and counselling within an encouraging and supportive environment.

The course is designed to integrate theory, practice, reflection and self-development, and build upon the content of the Counselling Theory for Practice: An introduction unit of study at SCQF Level 6.

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 NQ Social Care (Level 6) 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