• Code: HW 
  • Certification: QQI Level 6 Award in Social and Vocational Integration (6M2218)
  • Duration: One Year


The study of Psychology builds our understanding of ourselves and others, and develops our capacity to support those in our communities who are marginalised, disadvantaged or face other life challenges. This advanced course explores social issues of marginalisation such as disability, mental health and addiction. You will gain an understanding of the government and charitable services in our communities and the psychological interventions that support wellbeing and rehabilitation.

The focus of this course is developing the student’s self-awareness and interpersonal skills as well as practical skills around working with social systems and team dynamics in community workspaces. BIFE’s Advanced Psychology course supports progression for those who are interested in pursuing Psychology or related fields in higher education as well as people-focussed careers in the community and voluntary sectors. The applications of Psychology, its concepts and theories form the centre of this stimulating and innovative course.

Programme of Study
  • The Psychology of People
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Personal and Professional Development
  •  Person Centred Planning
  •  Rehabilitation Practice
  • Team Leadership
  •  Boundary Management
  • Mathematics (Optional)
  • Disability Awareness

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
  • Graduates may enter employment in a range of care settings e.g. working with people with disabilities, the homeless, older people or those with alcohol/drug dependency.
  • Professional careers in a wide range of fields including Psychology, Education, The Health Professions, Social Care, Management, Human Resources, Academic Research, Counselling and Social Services via higher education entry.
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include: 

South East Technical University:

  • BA (Hons) Psychology –(Year 2) -SE205
  • BA (Hons) Arts (Year 2) – SE200


  • BA (Hons) Psychology (Year 1)- DN720
  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences (Year 1) -DN700


  • BA (Hons) Applied Psychology (Year 1)-DL825

Maynooth University:

  • Arts (Psychological Studies)- Year 1- MH101

Dublin Business School:

  • BA (Hons) Psychology (Year 1) – DB562
  • BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy (Year 1)

Carlow College:

  • BA (Hons) Psychology (Year 1) – PC414

TUS Midlands:

  • BA (Hons) Psychology (Year 1)- US925

TU Dublin:

  • BA (Hons) Social Care (Year 1)- TU997

*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

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