• 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 2024


On this course you’ll dive into counselling skills and theory, human development and mental health. You will acquire valuable skills that can be applied in all areas of life and work, particularly in health, social care, education and community settings.

Entry requirements

For this course you’ll need:

  • five relevant National 5 qualifications including English and ideally Maths or Numeracy, or a recent and relevant course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent such as NC Health and Social Care
  • a genuine interest in working with people
  • qualities of empathy, being non-judgemental and good interpersonal skills
  • an interview with us during which you'll complete a short written activity
  • a satisfactory reference
  • to become a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme, as you may be required to take part in a work experience placement. This involves a police check by Disclosure Scotland. You can ask about this at the point of application or interview, and this is highly recommended for applicants who have a criminal history.

Course content

This course includes:

  • counselling skills: understand the foundations of counselling, identify and learn basic counselling skills and techniques
  • counselling theory for practice: consider different approaches and learn how to apply counselling techniques to practical scenarios
  • human development and behaviour: examine human growth, psychology, and behaviour, gaining insights into how individuals develop over time
  • social influences on individual life experiences: explore the impact of social factors on development and behaviour
  • mental health: investigate influences on mental health and wellbeing; discover different approaches to mental health; learn about types of mental illnesses and treatments
  • stress management: identify triggers, signs and symptoms of a stress reaction; evaluate stress management techniques

You’ll also gain essential, transferable skills in communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork, and problem solving.

Next steps and career opportunities

On completion of this course you may:

  • progress to HNC Counselling, HNC Social Services or HNC Healthcare Practice
  • start a career which involves building relationships or working with people

Why choose this course?

This course will open doors many doors for you. You’ll gain fascinating insights into human behaviour and social influences. The practical and transferable skills you’ll develop will prepare you for meaningful careers that positively impact individuals and communities.

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Start Date

Aug 2024

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