Applied Psychology

What is Applied Psychology?

This one-year course is designed for those who have an interest in psychology and aims to give participants an introduction to the core theories and methodologies of psychology and prepare them for further study at third level. In addition, this course lays the foundation for a wide variety of ‘people-focused’ careers in social research, health care, community support, information officer, and youth work. On completion of the course, students will also have developed skills that are useful to careers in human resources, marketing, and public relations. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education.

Course Content

The following modules will be offered in 2019, subject to availability and demand:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Psychology
  • Addiction Studies                                              
  • Criminology     
  • Communications
  • Work Experience                                              
  • Care Support
  • Social Studies 
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Mathematics


QQI Level 5 Award in Community Health Services (5M4468) Occupational First Aid.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this course will be able to apply for third level education in courses in Maynooth University, UCC, UL, NUI Galway,WIT, DBS, IT Sligo, NCI, IADT, as well as accessing careers in community health areas. The course content covers subjects essential to those seeking to progress to further studies and provides progression links to Level 8 PSI (The Psychological Society of Ireland) accredited courses. Students can also progress to general courses in areas like Arts, Social Studies, Education, Health, Business and Sports Rehabilitation course in colleges like Maynooth University, ITB, UCD, UCC, DIT IT Carlow, CIT, LIT, Letterkenny, IADT DBS or Waterford. The course opens up careers in areas like education, management, counselling, research, social services, advertising, etc.There are also other opportunities in third level colleges all around Ireland and in the UK.We have, for example, a very close link with Bangor University in Wales.

Alternatively, students may seek immediate employment in a range of community care, health care, and community development centres/ initiatives.

Higher Education Progression

IADT: DL825 Applied Psychology (Level 8, 4 Years)

Maynooth: MH101 Arts with Psychological Studies (Level 8, 3 Years) NCI: NC010 Psychology (Level 8, 3 Years)

Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert or LCA • Mature students of all backgrounds • Other equivalent qualification • All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications