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Introduction to Counselling & Psychology


This course aims to introduce students to the theory of human psychology, theory of counselling and basic counselling skills. While it does not qualify participants to work as
counsellors, nor as psychologists, the course provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues and ideas that are current in the art and science of human psychology and counselling.

Course Content

  • Psychology (5N0754)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279)
  • Counselling Theory
  • Counselling Skills
  • Child Development (5N1764)
  • Social Studies (5N1370)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Word Processing (5N1358)
  • Behavioural Studies (5N1351)


QQI  Level 5 Major Award in Community Health Services 5M4468

Entry Requirements

Five passes in Leaving Certificate/Applied, QQI Level 4 or equivalent.

Students will be selected by means of an interview and a short written essay. Prior learning and practical work experience is taken into account at interview stage. Mature and international students are welcome to apply.  A limited number of VTOS places available.



Students can progress through the Higher Education Links Scheme.  Click here for links.

The QQI Level 5 Major Award in Community & Health Services 5M4468 is linked to 124 courses in third level colleges including DCU, IADT and ITB.  89% of our Counselling & Psychology students have progressed to Third Level Institutions.

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Repeating may seem like the end of the world but the dedicated and hard-working teachers and staff at Plunket College make repeating less stressful.  I'd recommend it to anyone.

Denise, Repeat Leaving Certificate

"I never thought that I would go to university because of Leaving Cert points, never mind have the opportunity to study in an area (Psychology) where it is so difficult to get a place.  I owe how well I did in university in no small part to the year I spent on the Counselling & Psychology course in Plunket College; it was indispensable in getting me where I am now, a second year Psychology student in NUI Maynooth.

David O'Neill, BA in Psychology student, NUI Maynooth

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