• Code: HL 
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award in Community Health Services (5M4468)
  • Duration: One Year


This one year course in Psychology is designed for those who have an interest in Psychology and aims to give participants an introduction to the core theories and methodologies of psychology and prepare them for further study at third level. In addition, this course lays the foundation for a wide variety of ‘people-focused’ careers in social research, environmental psychology, marketing and human resource management.

Programme of Study
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Psychology
  • Addiction Studies
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Criminology
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Care Support

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full FETAC Level 4 award with a meritprofile
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formalqualifications

Places offered following successful interview. Garda vetting necessary prior to work experience.

Learners must source their own work placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Education 
  • Industry
  • The health professions
  • Management
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Research
  • Counselling
  • Social Services
Higher Education Progression*

IADT, Dun Laoghaire:

  •  BSc (Hons)Applied Psychology (Level 8 PSI Accredited)

NUI Maynooth: 

  • BScoSci Social Science (Level8)

Dublin Business School:

  • BA(Hons)Business with Psychology (Level 8 PSI Accredited)

 IT Blanchardstown:

  • BA Applied Social Studies in Social Care

Napier University, Edinburgh:

  •  BA (Hons) Psychology 
  •  BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology.

 No tuition fees are charged to Irish undergraduates studying in Scotland.

Course Co-Ordinator

Keith Fitzsimons

Where are they now?

   Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course.

  "My student learning in BIFE was both enjoyable and challenging.  This 8  module course was taught by very professional and approachable tutors.    This course was designed with each module interlinking with each other  giving the student a great understanding of how applying psychology to  everyday life is fascinating, intriguing and valuable.

 I am delighted to have completed such a rewarding course in BIFE.  I was  encouraged with my personal development which gave me the confidence to  continue further studies in psychology.

 I am currently in my final year studying Applied Psychology BSc (Hons) in IADT" - Elizabeth Ryan

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