Counselling Skills (SCQF level 7) CPD Award

Course code C8CC

What is special about this course?

This CPD Award in Counselling Skills (SCQF level 7) (which includes the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills) is aimed at a wide range of people who may benefit from improving and enhancing communication and listening skills. This may include: guidance personnel; those working in social care; HR/Management staff etc.

Applicants may also be interested in the opportunity to study Rogers’ person-centred approach whilst honing their own ability to reflect on self and build supportive relationships.

As well as offering an academic award which can be used to apply for further study, students are provided with a safe environment for personal development.

The award is validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).

Special features

  • The teaching team are all fully qualified and practicing counsellors
  • All teaching staff are members of COSCA and approved for teaching on the course
  • The course is available across 4 UHI academic partners

Entry requirements

  • You will be required to attend a group interview
  • You will be asked to complete a short, written piece of work (500 words) on the topic of “What can I bring to a counselling skills course?”
  • You will also take part in an experiential exercise
  • This will provide an opportunity for you to meet with the tutor and fellow applicants in a group setting
  • Tutors will use this time to gauge prospective students' motivation and commitment to the course, explain the nature of experiential learning to the group and answer any queries that may arise

CPD Award

You will study the following modules:

  • Beginnings: advanced communication skills
  • Exploration and expansion
  • Review and reflection
  • Integration 

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus.
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Our classes are delivered face to face. This includes group teaching and counselling skills practice in triads, observed by tutors
  • For as long as we are subject to COVID-19 restrictions, you will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 1 year @ 9-10 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland UHI

Start date

  • September


For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs

You will be liable for the cost of the module workbooks from COSCA (approx £20 total).

What can I do on completion of my course?

The course will enhance your skills and enrich your practice within any occupation.

Can I progress into further study?

Achieving the CPD Award in Counselling Skills (SCQF level 7) will allow you to apply for further study in counselling at HNC/D level.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

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