School Leavers & CAO

School Leavers & CAO

School Leavers & CAO Applicants:  Undergraduate Degree Programmes (Full-Time)

With the exception of applicants holding a FETAC level 5 major award, prospective students under the age of 23, on the year of entry, who wish to apply for entry onto our full-time undergraduate programmes should make their application through the CAO system using the codes below.

Please consult the cao website on for detailed application information.

CAO Course Code List

Honours Bachelor Degrees – Level 8
Course Code / Name
CI101 – B.A (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Limerick)
CI107 – B.A (Hons) Counselling and Youth Studies (Limerick)
CI108 – B.A (Hons) Counselling and Addiction Studies (Limerick)
Ordinary Bachelor Degrees/Higher Certificates – Level 7/Level 6
Course Code / Name
CI001 – B.A in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies (Limerick)
CI002 – B.A in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies (Limerick)
CI005 – B.A in Counselling Skills and Youth Studies (Limerick)

For information on deferring your place please visit

CAO Students applying to ICHAS should make note of the following important CAO deadline dates:
5th November (12:00) CAO online application facility opens.
CAO Change of Course choices facility opens
20th January (17:15) Apply online by this date to avail of the discounted application fee of €30.
1st February (17:15) Normal closing date for applications.
5th February (12:00) Online facility to amend course choices becomes available (€10 Fee)
Before 15th February Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices
(Contact CAO if you do not receive it)
1st March (17:15) Closing date for amending course choices
Closing date for final completion of online HEAR/DARE forms
5th March (12:00) Late application facility opens.
1st April (17:15) Latest date for HEAR/DARE supporting documentation to arrive in CAO
1st May (17:15) Closing date for late applications
6th May (12:00) Online Change of Mind facility becomes available (Free)
Before 15th May Late Paper Applicants will be sent a Statement of Course Choices
(Contact CAO if you do not receive it)
Before End of May Statement of Application Record sent to all applicants
(Contact CAO if you do not receive it)
1st July (17:15) Change of Mind closes
Early July Round A offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicants – applicants receive an offer by post, by e-mail and SMS text
22nd July (17:15) Exceptional closing date for late applications for those already attending a participating HEI
Early August Round 0 offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicant – applicants receive an offer by post, by e-mail and SMS text
Mid-August Current year Leaving Certificate results issued
19th August Round 1 offers available from 06:00 online – also issued by post, e-mail and SMS text.
Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a Statement of Application Record
TBC Round 1 Acceptances closing date (17:15).
TBC Round 2 offers available from 10:00 online.
TBC Round 2 Acceptances closing date (17:15).
TBC Round 3 offers available from 06:00 online.
TBC Round 3 Acceptances closing date (17:15).
Early September HEIs begin registration
Early October Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released
TBC (17:15) Offer Season Ends.

If an applicant is offered a place on a course through CAO, it is possible to defer entry for one year but only in accordance with the procedure outlined in the CAO Handbook. Non-CAO applicants can only defer at the discretion of the Institute. Please contact the College on 061 216288 for more information.

Holders of FETAC Level 5 Awards

Holders of FETAC Level 5 Major Awards can apply through the CAO or directly through the college. The following minimum entry requirements apply for such applications:

–          For entry to an Honours Degree programme (Level 8), the applicant must hold a FETAC Level 5 Certificate with a distinction grade in at least three modules.

–          For entry to an Ordinary Degree programme (Level 7), the applicant must hold a FETAC Level 5 award

(Please note: a full award normally contains eight modules, and the award may be accumulated over more than one academic year)

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M.A. Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy – Graduate 2011

Joining ICHAS at diploma level, my aspiration was to discover what counselling was about. After the diploma and through the Level 8 and Level 9 programmes, it became more about discovering who I was and then becoming a reflective counsellor. Understanding my self was most important if I was to help others with their journey. An additional benefit from this course was meeting so many different people from different backgrounds and with different views which taught me more about working with people, as a client or otherwise.

The college, course, staff and peers enabled this journey for me, where I have become a more holistic person. Now that I have ended up with a Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy through the various challenges along the way is a great achievement for me.


Sinead MCGuinness
(Graduate of the MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; BA (Hons) in Counselling and PsychotherapyBA in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies)

I began my voyage with ICHAS in Studying for the BA degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy studies was the beginning of my voyage with ICHAS. I never imaged what an amazing voyage this would be and all the amazing people I would meet along my way.  I am still on my voyage and still meeting amazing people and still learning every day. My studies with ICHAS went further than I could ever have believed with finding myself growing both on a personal and professional level. The college at all times (more…)


Patrick Fitzgerald
(BA in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies)

I came into ICHAS knowing that I wanted to help and work with people. Currently in my third year and all I can say is that I am amazed by how much I have grown both as a person and as a student. I was out of education for two years before starting and had fears and reservations about my ability as an academic and still not fully sure what I wanted to do with my life. The environment here compared to University’s or Institutes is not focused on just delivering the content and getting you through your degree or masters. Here they are looking at the individual behind the books and making sure that each student receives the same quality engagement that I have not seen anywhere else. ICHAS has allowed me over the last three years to see my true potential and ability through the stimulating learning environment here. I recommend this college to anyone looking into the areas of Counselling and Psychotherapy due to the high level of engagement with peers and lecturers.

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