HND Counselling Course

This course builds on knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the theory and professional practice of counselling. Developed in partnership with BACP, successful completion may lead to eligibility to apply for membership to the professional voluntary register via BACP Certificate of Proficiency. Destiny College focus on the cognitive and behavioural theory during their HND course but look at counselling from a Christian Worldview perspective.

Course content

Units that will be studied include:

  • Counselling: Values and Principles of Practice
  • Counselling: Self Evaluation for Counsellors
  • Counselling: Supervised Practice
  • Counselling: Personal Development in a Counselling Skills Setting
  • Counselling: Research Skills
  • Counselling: Contemporary Humanistic Counselling Theory
  • Counselling: Psychopathology
  • Counselling: Professional Standards
  • Counselling: Graded Unit
  • Counselling: BACP Certificate of Proficiency

The Course requires attendance to one day per week study combined with 100 hours (over the two years) of supervised practice and a considerable time spent in self directed study. 

The course will be delivered by practising, experienced registered counsellors. A broad range of assessment methods will be implemented including case studies, essays, reflective accounts and closed book examination.

Candidates are required to gain Student Membership of BACP prior to entering into practice and be covered by an appropriate Indemnity Insurance policy. Personal therapy is recommended but not a mandatory requirement for candidates. Candidates must attend a minimum of 400 taught hours to be eligible for progressing to BACP COP. 

Entry requirements (minimum)

Applicants must have successfully passed HNC Counselling. In addition they must demonstrate the potential for developing the following:

  • Self-awareness, maturity and stability 
  • Ability to make use of and reflect upon life experience 
  • Capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course
  • Ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirement
  • Ability to form a helping relationship
  • Ability to be self-critical and use both positive and negative feedback
  • Awareness of the nature of prejudice and oppression
  • Awareness of issues of difference and equality
  • Ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support
  • Competence in, or the aptitude to develop generic professional skills, including: literacy, numeracy, information technology, administrative skills, self-management skills, communication and interpersonal skills

Selection Process information

Selection is by application and those considered suitable after reviewing their qualifications, experience and personal statement will be invited to a structured interview with the staff team. 

Progression routes

Successful students may progress to BACP COP exam



SCQF level


Start date

26 October 2017


2 academic years


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