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HNC Counselling and Applied Psychology

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Please note this programme is subject to awarding body approval and validation.

Campus Location

Whittingham Road Campus

Why study this course?

This qualification is an appropriate qualification for a wide variety of professionals, from teachers to nurses and managers. It is also ideal if you are considering a career change or simply want to become more self-aware. An aim of the course is to provide you with professional training in counselling, which will enable you to gain both a sound theoretical framework and the practitioner skills required to work safely and effectively as a Counsellor.

To achieve the HNC (Level 4)- you will need to complete 1 year in the classroom plus 100 hours of a Counselling placement.

You will be expected to demonstrate a thorough theoretical understanding of all models of counselling, including PCC (Humanistic)/ Psychodynamic, CBT, TA & Gestalt. In addition, you will need an understanding of ethical boundaries, equality and diversity and be able to demonstrate professional and personal development in preparation for placement and then to work as a Counsellor.

Please note that this qualification does have a “dual” title however with Halesowen College you will be trained to be a Counsellor not a psychologist.

With level 4 Graduates can:

● work as a counsellor in a service or agency setting

● work in healthcare or non-healthcare settings

● work in voluntary sectors

Progression to the HND Counselling and Applied Psychology will start September 2024

Examples of work settings are Counsellor/Mental Health Coach

Length of course

HNC- 1 year part time (35 weeks)

HND- 1 year part time (35 weeks)

There will be 8 hours of teaching per week.

Compulsory Modules

Unit 1 -Personal and Professional Development Through Inclusive Practice

Unit 2 -Developing Empathic Communication for Effective Therapeutic Relationships

Unit 3 -Preparing for Research (Pearson-set)-this means that Pearson set the topics.

Unit 4 -Ethical Frameworks in Counselling

Unit 5 Self-awareness and Reflective Practice in Counselling

Unit 6- Theoretical Perspectives in Counselling

Unit 7 -Individual Differences

Unit 8 -Digital Approaches in Caring Professions.

You will also require an approved placement and you will be informed as to when you will need this on commencement of the course. You will need to complete 100 hours of one-to-one counselling practice to achieve the HNC and then additional 70 hours to achieve the HND.

It will be mandatory to supply regular client/supervision logs, reports and reflections to show evidence of placement.

Attend at least fortnightly therapy for the duration of the qualification (not just the 2 years attending college).


You will attend College 8 hours per week where you will participate in a range of activities, including lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, group work, presentations, and practical activities.

A range of resources are available including books and journals from the Learning Resource Centre on Campus, as well as online learning materials posted on the college virtual learning environment and a range of open-source software.


The completion of all placement hours.

Completion of all academic work (see units above).

Written proof of fortnightly therapy for the duration of the qualification.

Minimum of 90% for the duration of the course

There will be continual assessment throughout the qualification. Year 2 is not a natural progression and achieving the qualification is not automatic after enrolling.

How to Apply

Part 1- apply on the College Website

Part 2 – Submit a piece of written work of 1000 words as to why you wish to be considered for an interview

A written Professional reference from your level 3 course tutor/training organisation

A written Personal reference from a person who has known you longer than 2 years (cannot be a family member)

All written feedback from your level 3 course tutor on your work and your overall approach to your course

To be able to provide evidence of GCSE grade C or above in English Language.

If applicants have not completed their level 3 with Halesowen College, they will need to submit at least 4 pieces of their level 3 course work along with tutor feedback.

Please note: Any applicant who has not completed their Level 3 Counselling qualification with Halesowen College could be expected to sit a Counselling Competency assessment at interview.

Once all of the Part 2 of the application have been received applicants will then be assessed for their suitability for interview.

Please note- applicants cannot enrol onto this course without submitting part 2 of the application process and been successful at interview.

Entry Requirements

Level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Counselling Skills /Theory which involved a minimum of 120 hours of tuition.

At least grade C/4 in English Language

Start Date

September 2023


2023/24 Course timetable to be confirmed


2023/24 Course timetable to be confirmed

Course fee


HE Loan available to eligible applicants.

Should any applicants have questions or queries concerning finance, please contact Admissions for further guidance:

Phone: 0121 602 7607

Or via the live chat facility on the College’s website

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Part time

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