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B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Youth Studies

B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Youth Studies is a course run by Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences, Limerick. It is a Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online course with a duration of 4 Years. B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Youth Studies gives a Course Qualification of Honours Bachelor Degree, awarded by QQI. For more information about B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Youth Studies at Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences, please review the details below.

This course has been designed for individuals who wish to become competent professional practitioners in counselling related fields with a specific focus on Youth Studies. It focuses on the skills, knowledge and approach necessary to work within the youth context, with emphasis placed on the link between theory and practice.

The syllabus covers a diverse combination of theory and competence development. It focuses on areas such as understanding mental health and issues directly affecting young people such as education, health, inequality, racism, suicide and addiction. It is taught using a combination of classroom-based and skill-based learning that allows the learner to avail of blended learning to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance while equipping the learner with the confidence, skills and competencies to work in the addiction area of Counselling & Psychotherapy. While much of the course can be accessed online, in certain modules, mainly Skills Based, attendance is a mandatory requirement.

Having a student-centred approach that offers mentoring and placement support is a cornerstone of this course. Therefore, during work-based learning, each student will be required to undertake 200 hours of Direct client work under strict Clinical Supervision arrangements. All students are supported with Personal Development Modules in the early stages of the Programme and are required to engage in a minimum of 50 Hours of Personal Psychotherapeutic Experience (or equivalent) across the programme. PPE may commence from the Second Semester of Stage 2 of the programme and will continue until Programme Completion. Further information on Placements is available on our website.

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Training ProviderIrish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences
Course LocationCastletroy, Limerick
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationHonours Bachelor Degree
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsB.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Youth Studies
Course Start Date01/09/2023
Course End Date30/04/2027
Course Duration4 Years
Course TimeThis programme is available to be taken on a full-time or part-time basis over 4 stages/years. Each Stage is taken across an Autumn and Spring teaching Semester, with work-based learning modules spreading across Semesters. Each Semester consists of 12-week terms, Semester 1 runs from September to December and Semester 2 from January to April.
Course Fee€3,825 per annum
Entry RequirementsThe knowledge, skills, and competence required to successfully participate in and complete the Level 8 Programme are outlined below: All applicants must be over 18 years of age and are required to undergo Garda Vetting Applicants will be required to have basic IT literacy, skills, and competence For non-native speakers of English, a C score in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or equivalent International English Language Testing System IELTS score of 6.0 is required. CAO Applicants A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. Mathematics is not a subject requirement for this programme. Leaving Certificate candidates are required to apply for participation in the programme through the CAO system. Once an offer of a place is made, all applicants will be required to undergo Garda vetting procedures (this criterion will be communicated to all applicants in advance of final CAO offers) and make a self-declaration of Fitness for the Programme. Mature Applicants (Over 23 Years of Age) Mature Applicants will undergo the following selection process: Attend for an interview All applicants who are assessed at the interview will be assessed based on qualifications (max 40 marks), experience and achievements (max 30 marks), and plans and objectives (max 30 marks). Applicants will be required to achieve a minimum of 60 marks in total to be accepted on the programme and with a pro-rata score in each of the areas indicated above. Provide any information requested by the Institute e.g. provision of personal references Undergo Garda vetting procedures All applicants will be required to complete the Garda vetting procedure for working with children and vulnerable adults and all applicants will be subject to the College’s ‘Fitness to Practice’ policy, which is set out in detail in the Programme Handbook and on the website. The College is committed to the recognition of prior learning attained both formally and informally. It may be recognised either to facilitate access to a higher education programme or to allow an award of credit as in the case of allowing exemption from a module. It is the responsibility of the learner, to make a formal written application to the College requesting an exemption and supplying all appropriate supporting evidence i.e. transcript of results and module descriptor/syllabus including intended learning outcomes. Recognised prior learning is assessed on a case-by-case basis with emphasis on academic and clinical experience.
Carear PathThis course, with its emphasis on Youth Studies, gives a comprehensive overview of current thinking and practice in the area. The course would be of interest to practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines: Psychology, Counselling, Social Care, etc., who may wish to deepen their knowledge and build their skills and a comprehensive understanding of this area. Graduates of this programme have found employment in the public and private sector in organisations such as the HSE, Tusla, and in a variety of local authority, charity & voluntary settings. Youth & Community roles can include youth workers, outreach workers, family support officers, youth advocacy works, and school completion project workers. Examples of some such organisations include Foróige, Childline, Child and Youth Councils – Comhairle na nÓg, The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC), SpunOut, Youth Work Ireland, Changing Futures and UBU – Your Place Your Space
Phone061 216 288
Course CodePG24455
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Walton House, National Technology Park,, Castletroy, Limerick, Republic of Ireland. Eircode: V94 T2XT

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