B.A (Hons) in Counselling & Youth Studies

Would you like to work in the area of Counselling and Youth? The B.A. Hons in Counselling and Youth Studies is 1-year add-on programme to our Level 7 programme at ICHAS or equivalent Level 7 qualification in a related field of study. The 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 youth related areas.

The B.A (Hons) in Counselling and Youth Studies programme combines theory and practical skills. You will study psychopathology, contemporary discourses in professional youth work, advanced counselling and psychotherapeutic skills, principles & practice of group therapy, youth work mediums and more. You will then apply what you’ve learned to the completion of a final year project and an applied practice work placement.

The course will commence in September  and can be taken on a full time or part-time basis. The course is delivered across two twelve week terms through a combination of classroom based modules as well as some that are ‘blended’.

The course uses both classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance. In certain modules attendance may be a requirement.

How can I complete this Course?

Students considering doing the B.A (Hons) in Counselling and Youth Studies can take this course on either a full-time or part-time basis.Both the full time and part time options are broken up into two twelve week semesters – September to December and January to April.

Full-time option:

The full-time programme runs 3 days per week at the ICHAS College Limerick from 9.30am to 4.30pm (subject to viable cohort).

Part-time option:

The part-time programme runs 1 evening per week (6pm to 10pm) and Saturdays (9.30am to 4.30pm) over the 2 semesters September to December and January to April in ICHAS College Limerick and Griffith College Dublin (subject to viable cohort).

Fees
A central component of the ICHAS vision is the provision of flexible and affordable education for all. In line with this approach, the fees for the programme whether full or part time are in line with those of Universities and Institutes of Technology.

The fees for the programme are €3,450 p/a along with a 2% PEL levy of €69 and the academic administration fee of €300 per annum. Total fee payable is €3,819. Students who opt for instalments will incur an extra annual fee of €50 to avail of this facility. All fees are fully protected under our Protection of Enrolled Learners’ Policy.

Please Note: Non EU/EEA students are required under the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) to pay fees in full upon acceptance of their place on a programme.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

 Structure of Course

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 as per the table  below:

BA (Hons) in  Counselling and Youth Studies
Psychopathology
Principles & Practice of Group Therapy
Contemporary Discourses in Professional Youth Work 
Youth Work Mediums
Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills & Practice
Final Year Project
Applied Practice
Elective Module
Total Number of Credits  60
 

 

How will I be assessed?

The modules above will be assessed using a range of assessment approaches including continuous assessment, project work, practical exercises and terminal assessments.

ICHAS  has always, and will continue to work closely with students to employ a range of assessment activities, and support students to achieve their best in each type of assessment activity. We recognise that many students may not have studied in a long time and we have developed systems and individual approaches to support students as they adapt to higher education.

 

What supports will I have?

ICHAS is a college with a proven track record in delivering high quality education. At ICHAS, every lecturer and member of staff is committed to this ideal and to its implementation. We work on an individual basis with our students to bring this about, ensuring we meet your specific needs. We also have a proven track recordof working with our students to overcome any barriers to progression that may occur during the year.

If you are returning to third level study as a mature student we understand you may have concerns about returning to college and all that’s involved in that. However, at ICHAS we have a long tradition of working with similar students. Your educational journey is extremely important to us and we will support you in every way.

Who Awards My Qualification and how well recognised is it?

ICHAS is a college with a proven track record in delivering high quality education. At ICHAS, every faculty member is committed to this ideal and to its implementation. We work on an individual basis with our students to bring this about, ensuring we meet your specific needs. We pride ourselves on working with our students to overcome any barriers to progression during their studies.

If you are returning to third level study as a mature student we understand you may have concerns about going or returning to college and all that’s involved. However, at ICHAS we have a long tradition of working with similar students. Your educational journey is extremely important to us and we will support you in every way.

Where Can I progress to on completion of the course?

Upon successful completion of the B.A (Hons) in Counselling and Youth Studies, students will be eligible to further study options including a range of Level 9 Masters programmes on offer at ICHAS or at other 3rd level institutes in Ireland

What are the entry requirements for this course?

To join the B.A (Hons) in Counselling and Youth Studies, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Complete and submit the completed application form <download here>and provide all requested information.
  • For non- CAO, complete an interview process, which is designed to explore your reasons for taking the programme and to ensure that it is suitable for your needs. ICHAS is committed to ensuring that the programme you are on is right for you.
  • Complete the Garda vetting procedure
  • English language proficiency certificates (e.g. IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent) if applicable. Please see http://ichas.ie/prospective-students/international-applicants/

If you are under 23 years of age and applying for the fulltime programme you have to  apply through the CAO website on www.cao.ie.  Normally this requires applicants to have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate programme and to have obtained a minimum of 250 points.  A minimum grade of D1 in English is stipulated.

ALL PART-TIME STUDENTS MUST APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE COLLEGE BY COMPLETING THE APPLICATION FORM ABOVE.

If you have any difficulty in applying for this course, then please contact the college on 061 216288 where we will be only too pleased to assist you.

The B.A (Hons) in Counselling& Youth Studies has many  features that make it one of the leading programmes of this type in Ireland, including:

  • It is the first programme of its type to meet the new QQI awards Standards for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland.
  • It qualifies graduates to commence work as professional practitioners within their respective discipline.
  • This programme is part of a suite of programmes that have been recently validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), ensuring up to date teaching methods, programme content and quality.
  • It is delivered by lecturers who work in this field, who are passionate about your education and dedicated to sharing their experience and expertise.
  • The programme is recognised throughout Europe. On completion you will receive the Europass Diploma Supplement in addition to your degree parchment.
  • It is part of the affordable and flexible access system within ICHAS, meaning students pay the same fees as public college system.
  • It mixes theory and practice together to provide a complete understanding of the areas.
  • This course has a progression route to Masters Level.
  • The programme uses both classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance. In certain modules attendance may be a requirement.

The B.A in Counselling Skills & Psychotherapy  Studies has many  features that make it one of the leading programmes of this type in Ireland, these include

  • It is the first programme of its type to meet the new QQI awards Standards for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland (view standards here).
  • This programme is part of a suite of programmes that have been recently revalidated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), ensuring up to date teaching methods, programme content and quality has been validated.
  • It is delivered by lecturers who work in this field, who are passionate about your education and dedicated to sharing their experience and expertise.
  • The programme is recognised throughout Europe. On completion you will receive the Europass Diploma Supplement in addition to your degree parchment.
  • It is part of the affordable and flexible access system within ICHAS, meaning students pay the same fees as the public college system.
  • It covers topic areas that are relevant to society.
  • It mixes theory and practice together to provide a complete understanding of the area of counselling and addiction.
  • This course has a progression route to Level 8 and postgraduate level.
  • The qualification is recognised widely by employers allowing  opportunities for  graduates in a range of different careers.
  • The course uses both classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance. In certain modules attendance may be a requirement.

Fees
A central component of the ICHAS vision is the provision of flexible and affordable education for all. In line with this approach, the fees for the programme whether full or part time are in line with those of Universities and

Fees
A central component of the ICHAS vision is the provision of flexible and affordable education for all. In line with this approach, the fees for the programme whether full or part time are in line with those of Universities and Institutes of Technology.

The fees for the programme are €3,450 p/a along with a 2% PEL levy of €69 and the academic administration fee of €300 per annum. Total fee payable is €3,819. Students who opt for instalments will incur an extra annual fee of €50 to avail of this facility. All fees are fully protected under our Protection of Enrolled Learners’ Policy.

Please Note: Non EU/EEA students are required under the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) to pay fees in full upon acceptance of their place on a programme.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

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