• 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 & Development
  • Psychology
  • Addiction Studies
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Criminology
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Health and Safety

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 award with a merit profile
  • 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 & Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Research
  • Counselling
  • Social Services
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include: 

Maynooth university :

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


  • 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

TU Dublin:

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

SETU – South East technological University (Carlow college):

  • 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?

   Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course.

isobelkilleen.jpeg"I studied Applied Psychology from 2021- 2022 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

  "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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