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Counselling & Psychology - Introduction

Course Code(s):  5M4468
QQI Award Code:  5M4468 Community Health Services
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4468
QQI Award Code 5M4468 Community Health Services
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course aims to introduce students to the theory of human psychology, theory of counselling and basic counselling skills. The course does not qualify participants to work as counsellors, nor as psychologists, but does provide a grounding for students who wish to pursue further training in counselling/human psychology.

What will you Study?

Psychology 5N0754
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Counselling Theory
Counselling Skills
Child Development 5N1764
Social Studies 5N1370
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Word Processing 5N1358
Behavioural Studies 5N1351
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DCHSX 5M4468

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Related Career Sectors

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