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Counselling and Applied Psychology Higher National Certificate* (HTQ)

Level 4 - Higher

Counselling and Applied Psychology Higher National Certificate* (HTQ)

Do you enjoy research and helping others? If so, this course will be an excellent option for you.  Counselling and Applied Psychology course will give you the tools you need to help people to explore their lives, their emotions and the issues that underline their difficulties.

This course has a minimum requirement of a 100 hours’ work placement or experience in counselling settings.

*Key Features*

Studying this specialised counselling course with us will provide you with multiple future career and study options.

You’ll have access to modern, digital learning tools as you study and you’ll also have full support from our dedicated lecturing team course specialists within this subject area.

This course is closely aligned to professional body framework content and assessment supports you to develop as professional practitioners for the future. The HNC in Counselling and Applied Psychology aligns to column A therapist in the SCoPEd framework.

On the course you’ll study units that have been created specifically to help you gain career focused skills in professional counselling. Throughout the course you will have one-to-one support from your lecturers and tutors.

Above all, our lecturing team, who come from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds, will help you learn through real-world context, helping you understand how your new skills are best applied in practice.

*This course is subject to validation.



James Watt College




Course Length: 30 Weeks

Entry requirements for Counselling and Applied Psychology is 32 UCAS Tariff points.   

A Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above in English Language and Maths is also expected. Level 2 equivalents also considered. 

Mature applicants with other qualifications or non-formal qualifications are welcome to apply. If you are over 21 years of age, you will be assessed on an individual basis and may be asked to complete a short task to demonstrate the required level of knowledge to meet the demands of the course. 

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Higher Education department on 

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from


At BMet we pride ourselves on giving academic and individual support to all our students. We use a wide variety of assessment strategies designed to help you acquire a range of skills which will be useful in the workplace. Assessment methods vary from ‘traditional’ methods such as essays or examinations to less ‘traditional’ assessment approaches such as personal reflective journals, research reports, presentations, and posters.

There is high demand for paid employment in counselling as the field is increasingly popular. With a specialised qualification in psychology with counselling, you will have a qualification that shows your commitment to working in professional practice. The course sets you up with a range of knowledge, skills, and abilities that will allow you to apply your learning confidently in your future career as a counsellor.

Our graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors which include:

– Counsellor– Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Unit 1 Personal and Professional Development Through Inclusive PracticeUnit 2 Developing Empathic Communication for Effective Therapeutic RelationshipsUnit 3 Preparing for Research (Pearson-set)Unit 4 Ethical Frameworks in CounsellingUnit 5 Self-awareness and Reflective Practice in CounsellingUnit 6 Theoretical Perspectives in CounsellingUnit 7 Individual DifferencesUnit 8 Digital Approaches in Caring Professions

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