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


This one-year course is designed for those with an interest in psychology. It aims to give participants an introduction to the core theories and methodologies of this science and prepare for further study at third level. In addition, this course lays the foundation for a wide variety of people focused careers such as Social Research care work environmental psychology marketing and human resource management. 

Programme of Study
  • Human growth and development
  • Psychology
  • Addiction studies
  • Behavioural studies
  • Criminology
  • Work experience
  • Communications
  • Health and safety 

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Completed a QQI level 5 award in a related field
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent with extensive experience in psychology, counselling, community care or healthcare related work.
  • Mature applicants- experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications. CV, References and Proof of Results required. Garda vetting necessary prior to work experience. Learners must source their own work experience.
Career Opportunities
  • Careers in psychology via higher education entry education  industry  
  • The health professions  
  • Management  
  • Advertising and marketing  
  • Human resources  
  • Research  
  • Counseling  
  • Social services 
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include: 


  • Psychology Advanced Level 6  

Maynooth University:  

  • BA in Arts- psychological studies (MH106) Level 8 NFQ 

UCD University College Dublin:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (DN720) level 8 NFQ  

IADT Dun Laoghaire:  

  • BSc (Hons) Applied psychology (DL825) level 8 PSI accredited 

Dublin Business School:

  • BA (Hons) Business with psychology (DB562) level 8 PSI accredited 

TUD Technological University Dublin: 

  • BA Applied Social Studies in Social Care (TU996 and TU997 level 8) 

SETU – South East Technological University (Carlow Campus):

  • BA psychology SE205 

*Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Matt Way

Where are they now?

isobel killeen"I studied Applied Psychology in BIFE as a mature student. Even though the idea of returning to studying was daunting, the tutors made the process welcoming and encouraging from the very start. They connect with you as a person, as a student and have an overall investment into your success and how to achieve it. 

There were very interesting modules covered such as Psychology, Addiction Studies, Human Growth and Development and Behavioural Studies.  Since I work as a Children’s Chaperone for Television and Film, I have found aspects covered in these modules to be hugely beneficial. I am also furthering my studies in Child Psychology and a Degree in Counselling in IICP which was made possible with my results from this course. 

I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in Psychology and for those wishing to pursue a career in this field. It is an eye-opening, intensely interesting, gratifying course and I really enjoyed my time in BIFE. " - Isobel Killeen

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