The work of a course leader in establishing a new Higher National Diploma (HND) in Counselling has been recognised at the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s (SQA) annual Star Awards.

Kirsten Amis was presented with the SQA Champion award for developing the HND Counselling at Glasgow Clyde College, where she is a lecturer. 

Kirsten Amis with The Very Reverend Dr Lorna Hood OBE, chair of Youthlink Scotland, who sponsored the category.
Kirsten Amis with The Very Reverend Dr Lorna Hood OBE, chair of Youthlink Scotland, who sponsored the category.

The course was developed by BACP and the SQA and aims to improve access to the counselling profession in Scotland.

It has been piloted at Glasgow Clyde College with the first group of 19 students graduating earlier this month.

In all seventeen awards were presented at a spectacular ceremony at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow recognising the achievements of young people, teachers, lecturers, trainers and centres.

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, said: “The awards ceremony is our chance to thank those who give our learners the guidance, support, and encouragement they need to realise their potential.”

Deputy First Minister John Swinney added: “I would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists on their fantastic achievements and wish them every success for the future.”