• Health and Social Care

    First Steps to Counselling and Mental Health

  • SCQF Level

    SCQF level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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This course will be of interest to individuals who have an interest in developing counselling knowledge and skills. These would be beneficial in a wide range of health, social care, educational and community settings where the individual communicates with and/or supports others.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working with people
  • Five relevant National 5s or equivalent including English and ideally Maths/Numeracy OR a recent and relevant NC course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, such as NC Health and Social Care
  • An interview with us
  • A satisfactory reference

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place.

What's Involved

This course introduces learners to basic counselling theory and skills before helping them to develop a more in-depth knowledge of counselling theory for practice. Good communication skills are essential to counselling and they will be a valuable feature of the course. It is important that learners understand people which is why learners will study human development and behaviour as well as social influences on an individual’s life experience. There will be a particular focus on mental health and further relevant units of study will consolidate a varied and interesting curriculum.

Go Anywhere

In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

Learners may use this course to start a career in which building relationships and working with people is important.

Successful learners may also choose to continue their education with courses such as:

HNC Counselling

HNC Social Services

HNC Healthcare Practice

HNC Working with Communities

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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