Headstart for Degree Programme 2021

ICHAS Headstart Degree Programmes commencing in January 2021.

Level 7 & 8 Degree Programmes at ICHAS
Level 7 – B.A in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies
Level 7 – B.A in Counselling and Youth Studies
Level 7 – B.A in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies
Level 8 – B.A (Hons) In Counselling and Psychotherapy
Level 8 – B.A (Hons) In Counselling and Youth Studies
Level 8 – B.A (Hons) In Counselling and Addiction Studies


As part of its ongoing commitment to providing flexible and affordable education, The Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences will continue its Headstart initiative for Degree students commencing in January 2020. The head start programme will offer students the opportunity to commence modules of the above Degree programmes between January and April 2020. The remaining modules will be completed between September 2020 and May 2021 for year one of the selected programme. This initiative will allow students to study at a flexible pace to fit in with their busy working lives and other commitments.

Who can access the Programme?

To join our B.A. programmes, applicants must meet the following requirements;
 Be over 18 years of age.
 Complete and submit the completed application form on or by 12th  December  <<<click here for online application form>>> OR if you wish to complete a hard copy of this Application form please <<<download Here>>> and return to the college by 12th December.
 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 or equivalent) if applicable. Please see http://ichas.ie/prospective-students/international-applicants/

Technologies Used

The college uses a Blended Learning environment primarily through the use of Adobe Connect and a learning management system that allows learners the option to attend classes in the actual classroom or to attend their lectures remotely for some of the theory-based modules. This initiative has been hugely successful and it helps in maintaining a sustainable work/life balance for students. Those wishing to participate in the programme must have access to adequate broadband and internet facilities.

QQI Awarding  Body

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was established in November 2012 and is an amalgamation of four historical bodies namely, The Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC), the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB). Under the 2012 act, QQI has both awarding and quality assurance responsibilities. The qualification gained will be at Level 7 or Level 8  on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). For further information on the new body please see their website.

Counselling & Psychotherapy to be regulated under CORU

ICHAS welcomes the recent changes regarding statutory regulation of Counselling & Psychotherapy under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act, 2005.

In a commentary from Simon Harris the Minister of Health’s Office in 2017, it was explained that the submissions received in the consultation process undertaken at the end of 2016 showed majority support for statutory regulation of the professions and for it to be undertaken in the context of the Health & Social Care Professionals Act, 2005.

Minister Harris indicated that he intended to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions, counsellor and psychotherapist, each with its own register, under one registration board under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. His office has indicated that Department officials will commence work as soon as is practicable on the legislative and administrative arrangements required to designate the professions under the 2005 Act, establish the registration board and arrange for the appointment of its 13 board members in accordance with the provisions of the 2005 Act.

Programme Costs

The college continues to work to ensure the costs of its programmes remain as affordable as possible, allowing the maximum number of students to access the entire range of courses. Those commencing Headstart Degree Programmes in January will pay €300 per 5 credit and €600 per 10 credit module within the Headstart Programme (Payment plan options available).

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