Counselling at University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) - UCAS

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Course summary

This HNC Counselling is designed to appeal not only to those who wish to progress and eventually qualify as a counsellor, but also to those practicing in any sector that would benefit from the range of skills employed in a helping/supporting relationship, for example: community work; social care; education; criminal justice; health services; and voluntary work. The course integrates theory, skills practice, reflection, and self-development. There is a strong emphasis on personal development and there will be work relating to reflective skills, self-awareness, assertiveness, and dealing with challenges. The HNC doesn't qualify you to practice counselling but is the ideal stepping stone if you wish to proceed onto this career path.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry to this course requires: Counselling award at SCQF 6 or above OR Participation in relevant voluntary/paid work Other relevant/related qualifications may be considered, such as: HNC Social Care; HNC Health Care; Diploma in Social Work; Degree/Diploma in Nursing etc; experience of working with people who have experienced substance misuse, eating disorders, relationship problems. UHI does not use Tariff points, and accepts a range of qualifications. Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Additional entry requirements


This course offers optional modules/units which may require PVG Scheme Membership (Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5Overall score of 5.5 with no element below 5.0
PTE Academic50Minimum score of 50
TOEFL (iBT)72Min 72 or above with min 17 in each section

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English in an academic environment and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The minimum English language requirements to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed below:

Further information on English Language Requirements can be found via the following link.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7110 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7110 Year 1
England £7110 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7110 Year 1
Wales £7110 Year 1
Scotland £1285 Year 1
EU £8775 Year 1
International £8775 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

For full information on fees please see our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page at For course specific fees information please refer to the Fees/funding tab on the university website course page. You can also find information on additional funding available such as bursaries and scholarships at
Counselling at University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) - UCAS