Introduction to Counselling


27 Apr 2023


13 Jul 2023

The Introduction NC Counselling Unit explains basic Counselling concepts in line with the British Association for Counselling and the application of Counselling skills.

During this 12 week course participants will have an opportunity to advance their knowledge of the following:

  • What is Counselling and what it isn't!
  • The aims of Counselling.
  • What is required in the Counselling relationship?
  • The process of counselling beginnings, middles and endings.
  • The qualities required in being a good enough Counsellor.
  • Although the model introduced will be non directive an overview of different models of Counselling will be referred to.
  • The importance of self-development and self-awareness for the Counsellor.
  • Counselling skills eg. listening, asking questions, reflecting.

The course is divided into 2 main sections:

  • Theory
  • Practical application of skills

Completion of the course does not equip students with a qualification allowing them to practice counselling but does give them active listening skills which they can use in everyday and work settings.

NB The purpose of this information is to give you an indication of the content of the course and also the level at which the course is set. Please read carefully and if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the College. The College may make a change to a course where it is reasonable for the College to do so. A change could involve the replacement of a course with a new course, variations to course content or structure, the merger of courses or the withdrawal of a course. If there is a change to a course you have either booked a place on, or expressed an interest in, the College will let you know as soon as possible. By booking a place or expressing an interest in a course, you agree to these rules about changes to courses.

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1 National Unit credit at SCQF level 5: (6 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 5*)Successful completion of this course guarantees an interview for HNC/HND


12 week course from 6.00pm to 9.00pm on Thursday evenings


Borders College, Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE

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Entry requirements

This course is designed for those engaged in caring work both professional and voluntary. It would be an ideal starter for anyone considering progression to COSCA certificate in Counselling Skills.

Progression opportunities

This course is designed for those engaged in caring work both professional and voluntary. It would be an ideal starter for anyone considering progression to COSCA course.


Given that it is a certificate course, the module will be assessed. There are 2 short written assessments and a third assessment that highlights the use of skills. All material required for these assessments will be given by the tutor but reference will also be made to literature should participants wish to read further.Please note that apart from the third skills demonstration assessment, the written assessments can be prepared out with class time.

Career Prospects

This course will ground you in counselling skills that you can use at home, in work with friends and colleagues alike. You will have gained Counselling skills but it doesnt qualify you to be a Counsellor.




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