Course information


Provider: Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS)

Address: Walton House, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park, Castletroy, Limerick


Contact: Administration offices



Telephone: 061 216 288

Category C : Courses leading to a professional or academic qualification (NFQ level 6 and higher)

This course has been designed for individuals who wish to become competent professional practitioners in counselling related fields with a specific focus on addiction studies. The syllabus covers a diverse combination of theory and competence development. It centers on areas such as understanding mental health, the theoretical evolution of addiction, substance and non-substance addictions, addiction intervention and recovery approaches.

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.


The course covers a range of subjects which when taken together provide a syllabus designed to develop competent professional practitioners. The subjects covered are designed to be both practical and theoretical. See the course website for list of modules.

Having a student-centered 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.

Target Group

The programme is highly interactive and is designed for learners who wish to begin their educational and learning journey in the fields of Counselling and Psychotherapy specifically to work in addiction settings. It is specially designed for those who aspire to develop professional’s competence to work with diverse and marginalised groups of people or individuals with complex needs.

Entry Requirement

The 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 (CEFRL) or equivalent International English Language Testing System  IELTS score of 6.0 is required

See website for information on CAO applicants and mature students.

NFQ Level 8 - B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies
The modules will be assessed using a range of assessment approaches including continuous assessment, project work, practical exercises and terminal assessments.
QQI – Quality and Qualifications Ireland. It is recognised towards requirements for professional accreditation with both the Association for Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy (APCP) and the National Association for Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy (NAPCP) and is awaiting recognition from Addiction Counsellors Ireland (ACI).

The B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Addiction Studies Course is a 1-year add-on programme to our Level 7 programme at ICHAS or equivalent Level 7 qualification in a related field of study. This programme was recently revised and validated by Quality and Qualification Ireland (QQI) in 2015. The course is highly interactive and it has been designed specifically for those who want to study to become competent professional practitioners in counselling and addiction related areas.

Dates / Availability
September: 1 Year. (One year add-on programme to BA). This course is offered on a full time or part time basis.
Available in Limerick & Dublin.
Please contact our Administration Office on 061 216288, or apply online
€3,825 per annum. The fees for the programme are €3,825 per annum (this includes a 2% PEL levy of €75). In addition, students who opt for monthly instalments will incur an extra annual fee of €100 to avail of this facility. Fees for international students are under review.