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 new Honours BA programme is an exciting and innovative programme, designed to support students wishing to study towards becoming professional practitioners in Counselling related areas of practice and specifically in Youth based settings. Completion of the programme leads to an academic award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications awarded by QQI.

Where successful graduates wish to pursue professional accreditation for practice, they must seek such accreditation from the relevant body in accordance with the guidelines of that particular body. The programme will contribute to the requirements for professional accreditation with relevant professional accrediting bodies in the fields of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland. Completion of this programme supports graduates on their journey towards professional accreditation until CORU finalises its Regulatory standards.


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 the ICHAS website.

Target Group

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.

Entry Requirement

A minimum of a 2.2 level 8 degree (or its equivalent) in a related discipline. Applicants with relevant experience will also be considered through APL/RPL. Applicants are also required to complete a short interview. See full list of requirements at

Selection Procedure

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 (CEFR) or equivalent International English Language Testing System IELTS score of 6.0 is required.

For more information visit the website at

NFQ Level 8 – B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Youth Studies
QQI – Quality and Qualifications Ireland
Dates / Availability
Available at Dublin and Limerick campuses. For information on blended learning see the course website.
Please contact our Administration Office on 061 216288, or apply online.
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. All fees are fully protected under our Protection of Enrolled Learners’ Policy. Fees for international students are under review.