Introduction to Counselling & Psychology

QQI Level 5 Major Award in Community Health Services 5M4468

This course aims to introduce students to the theory of human psychology, theory of counselling and basic counselling skills. While it does not qualify participants to work as counsellors, nor as psychologists, the course provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues and ideas that are current in the art and science of human psychology and counselling.

  • Psychology (5N0754)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279)
  • Counselling Theory
  • Counselling Skills
  • Child Development (5N1764)
  • Social Studies (5N1370)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Word Processing (5N1358)
  • Behavioural Studies (5N1351)

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.

Five passes in Leaving Certificate/Applied, QQI Level 4 or equivalent. Students will be selected by means of an interview and a short written essay. Prior learning and practical work experience is taken into account at interview stage. Mature and international students are welcome to apply. A limited number of VTOS places available.

Students can progress through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

The QQI Level 5 Major Award in Community & Health Services 5M4468 is linked to 124 courses in third level colleges including DCU, IADT and ITB.

89%The course has a new link to Arts (Psychology and two other subjects) in NUI Maynooth.

89% of our Counselling & Psychology students have progressed to Third Level Institutions.

Ruby Cooney

Ruby Cooney“I spent a year studying Introduction to Counselling and Psychology 2017-2018.  My time at Plunket College taught me the key skills to achieve what I wanted as well as giving me a positive learning experience.

One of the course modules inspired me to further my learning and I went on to complete a QQI Level 6 Award in Early Childhood Care and Education in another further education college.

I am now in my first year in DCU St Pat’s studying Education and Training.”