HNC Counselling and Applied Psychology (HTQ)

1 year
2 days
Theory & Practical

Course Info

Discover Your Path to Becoming a Professional Counsellor and Beyond! 

Are you passionate about helping others navigate life’s challenges? Do you aspire to make a meaningful difference in the mental health and well-being of individuals? Look no further! Calderdale College’s University Center is thrilled to introduce our new High National Diploma (HND) Level 4 and 5 in Counselling and Applied Psychology (Humanistic). 

Our comprehensive course is designed to equip you with the essential skills, qualities, and strengths needed to thrive as a professional counsellor or progress further in higher education. Delve into the fascinating world of counselling and applied psychology and unlock a range of exciting opportunities to shape your future career. 

Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect from our dynamic course: 

  • Develop Key Skills and Qualities: Our program nurtures your abilities and strengths, enabling you to excel in the field of counselling. Gain essential competencies in leadership, mental health, and the well-being impact of therapeutic interventions. 
  • Listening and Responding Skills: Learn to actively listen and respond empathically to individuals experiencing painful and distressing emotions. Discover how to create a safe and supportive environment that fosters growth and healing. 
  • Ethical Counselling Practices: Understand and adhere to the legal and ethical framework and professional guidelines that underpin the counselling profession. Develop a strong sense of responsibility and integrity as you guide others towards well-being. 
  • Risk Assessment and Emergency Response: Acquire the skills to identify, assess, and respond to potential risks and emergencies. Learn how to navigate challenging situations with confidence and ensure the safety of those under your care. 
  • Coaching and Role Modeling: Enhance your communication skills and explore the power of coaching and role modeling in helping individuals overcome obstacles. Become a trusted guide, inspiring positive change in the lives of others. 
  • Self-Management and Reflection: Engage in self-analysis, reflection, planning, and prioritizing to continually grow personally and professionally. Discover the importance of self-care and maintaining your own well-being as you support others. 
  • Professional Placements: Gain valuable experience and client hours through professional placements. Apply your skills in real-world settings, working closely with individuals and organizations to make a genuine impact. 

Once you’ve successfully completed our HND Level 4 and 5 program, a world of opportunities awaits: 

  • Independent Counsellor: Work autonomously as a qualified counsellor, establishing your private practice and helping individuals on their journey towards healing and self-discovery. 
  • Health Care Services: Collaborate with healthcare services, mental health clinics, and organisations dedicated to improving well-being. Make a lasting difference in the lives of diverse populations. 
  • Progress to Level 6: Pursue further studies at Level 6 to deepen your expertise and broaden your career prospects. Become a mental health clinician, equipped with advanced knowledge and skills. 
  • Mental Health Care Coach: Unlock the potential to become a mental health care coach, guiding and supporting individuals in achieving their mental wellness goals. 

At Calderdale College’s University Center, we are committed to providing you with an enriching educational experience. Our expert faculty members will guide you through your journey, offering personalised support and insights. Join a vibrant community of learners, where your passion for helping others can flourish. 

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to embark on a rewarding career in counselling and applied psychology. Enroll in our HND Level 4 and 5 course today and shape your future as a compassionate and skilled professional. Contact us now to learn more and secure your place! 


The programme is taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and interactive workshops. The programme has been recently updated to ensure that it continues to provide a good reflection of the current priorities and challenges within the sector, and gives you the knowledge and understanding to enhance your personal and professional practice.

You’ll have a personal tutor assigned to you throughout your degree to support your on-going development and wellbeing and ensure that your learning experience is positive.

One of the key strengths of our teaching at the University Centre is the amount of time we dedicate to supporting you as an individual student to help you get the best out of your programme. One-to-one tutorials with your tutor are important as they allow you to raise any particular issues you may be facing. Your tutor will be as supportive as possible in helping you work through these issues. 

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