HNC in Counselling at SCQF level 7 HND in Counselling at SCQF level 8

HNC in Counselling at SCQF level 7 HND in Counselling at SCQF level 8

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

The HNC in Counselling (SCQF level 7) develops the learner’s knowledge and understanding of counselling theories and skills with the opportunity to apply skills in classroom environments in simulated situations.

The HND in Counselling at SCQF level 8 builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the HNC and provides learners with the opportunity to develop counselling skills via supervised practice with clients and integrate their knowledge of the importance of contractual relationships and ethical and regulatory frameworks into practice.

This qualification covers areas such as essential counselling skills, knowledge of theories, professional values, principles and ethics whilst allowing the learner to achieve 100 hours of supervised placement hours.

This qualification is available through colleges. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete and an HND takes two years.

Why deliver this qualification

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.  The HND in Counselling is particularly suitable for commercial marketing as it is designed as a professional qualification and allows the opportunity to access the National Register held by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

The Unit-based structure supports flexibility. A Unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional Units which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

Who does this qualification suit

The HNC is suitable for those wishing to access further education in counselling and those working or wishing to work in a caring environment e.g. the wider advice, guidance, health and social care sectors.  It is also suitable for those who require knowledge and skills specifically drawn from counselling (e.g. community work, criminal justice, education and health services, voluntary organisations, social work and youth services)

The HND is designed specifically for those who wish to enter the counselling profession and gain access to the professional register held by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Access to the professional register is at the discretion of the BACP

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications to the HNC include:

  • appropriate groupings of National Units
  • any two National Qualifications at SCQF level 6 together with three National units at a minimum of SCQF level 5, preferably including English and Communication
  • an SVQ at Level 2 or 3 in a relevant area
  • relevant work or volunteering experience

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.

As the HND includes client work there are additional entry requirements in place to ensure patient (client) and learner safety.

The Approved centre is required to evaluate the learner’s potential to develop the relevant attributes against mandatory criteria. Prospective learners should contact the centre directly for further details.

Progression

Learners who achieve the HNC in Counselling G8H6 15 can apply to access year 2 of the HND in Counselling, however acceptance is always at the discretion of the centre.

Approval

HNC

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process for the HNC in Counselling.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

HND

Centers interested in offering the HND in Counselling are required to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.  The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Group Award Specification (Arrangements Document).  There are additional specific requirements in place which will be subject to external verification at both initial approval and future verification visits.

How to assess

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

HNC in Counselling at SCQF level 7

Group Award code: G8H6 15 (96 SCQF credit points)

This HNC consists of 7 mandatory Units (56 SCQF credit points) and 5 optional Units (40 SCQF credit points).

HND in Counselling at SCQF level 8

Group Award code: GM4H 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

This HND consists of 22 mandatory Units (176 SCQF credit points) and 8 optional Units (64 SCQF points).

Group Award Specification

Guidance Documents