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

Examples of potential courses include: 


BTEC HND Applied Health & Social Care Level 6+ (HC) 


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 (BN107) (Level 8) 

IT Tralee:

Counselling with Addiction (TL889) (Level 7) 

University of Limerick:

BA in Psychology (LM002) (Level 8) Note: This is a four-year course. 

IT Waterford:

Psychology (WD163) (Level 8)

Course Co-Ordinator

Karl Glynn-FInnegan

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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