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BSc Honours Counselling & Psychotherapy

Validated by Middlesex University &
Professional Accreditation with IACP

PCI College is the leading provider of counselling courses in Ireland. With 28 years’ experience delivering a proven method of teaching, we have seen many of our graduates pave their way to a rewarding career. With Counselling and Psychotherapy becoming a sought-after profession for individuals from various backgrounds, our part-time degree course is designed to offer a flexible approach to learning.


This course is designed to provide comprehensive training within the field of counselling and psychotherapy. As a college, we are committed to making transformative contributions to individuals and society as a leading educational establishment in the field of mental health and wellbeing. In recognition of the many and varied effective approaches to therapy, PCI College’s unique training programme is centred around an integrative model which is inspired by an underlying humanistic philosophy. The integrative training programme, resting on a humanistic framework, emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a medium through which healing can occur. On completion of this course, participants will qualify as skilled, competent and creative therapists, who are ready to meet with confidence the needs of a fast-evolving society and are equipped to work in a variety of settings with a wide range of presenting issues. The programme is developed, delivered and assessed by PCI College, and validated and awarded by Middlesex University.




This course is intended for people who are interested in becoming professional counsellors & psychotherapists and want to gain an honours degree and a professional qualification in counselling and psychotherapy. The course will also meet the needs of those who have an opportunity to use counselling skills as part of their work (either in a paid or voluntary capacity) or to simply broaden their qualifications.    



You will be ready to pursue a wide variety of career options including private practice and the provision of counselling services to voluntary, community and statutory organisations. You will benefit from our commitment to providing high quality, inspiring, memorable, positive, professional and potentially life-changing learning experiences through a participative, experiential programme which values the prior lived experience of each learner.

Course Details

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Venue: Dublin West (Clondalkin), Dublin (Drumcondra), Athlone, Cork, Limerick & Kilkenny.

* Please see more details about our Belfast degree by clicking here.


Duration: Four years, part-time


Start Dates: TBC


Weekend Classes - September 2020*

Dublin West Weekdays September 2020*

Kilkenny Weekdays - September 2020*

Dublin Weekdays - September 2020*


(*Provisional - Subject to Change):


Please Note: Course Inductions will be held the week before the start date. You will receive full details with your timetable following your acceptance.



Dublin West

Starting: September 2020


Starting: September 2020


Starting: September 2020

Starting: September 2020


Starting:September 2020


Starting:September 2020


Award: Middlesex University BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy*


Level: Level 6 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 8 NFQ)

*This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by PCI College, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.



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YEAR 1: 90 credits (equivalent to 45 ECTS credits)


  • Humanistic & Existential Approaches: Relational Perspectives in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Therapeutic Skills
  • Personal Development & the Student Counsellor: An Exploration of Self


YEAR 2: 100 credits (equivalent to 50 ECTS credits)


  • Psychotherapy & Science: Psychology, Psychiatry & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Case Management & Therapeutic Skills in Professional Practice
  • Universal Issues in Counselling & Psychotherapy: The Relational Self
  • Group Supervision - will be outside your standard timetable hours. It is 2 hours once a month - usually on a Sunday.


YEAR 3: 90 credits (equivalent to 45 ECTS credits)


  • Psychodynamic Approaches: The Role of the Unconscious in Psychotherapy
  • Research Project
  • Personal & Professional Integration
  • Group Supervision - will be outside your standard timetable hours. It is 2 hours once a month - usually on a Sunday.


YEAR 4: 80 credits (equivalent to 40 ECTS credits)


One Optional Module from:

  • Advanced Humanistic Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy


  • Case Study
  • Proposition Essay



Additional Course Requirements:


  • Four one day continuing professional development workshops totalling 24 hours
  • 50 hours of personal therapy during the first three years of the course*
  • 100 hours of work with clients beginning in the second year of the course*
  • 20 sessions with a qualified supervisor to review your client work


Students must also register with the IACP as a Student Member. You can see further details here on the IACP website.


*Therapist must be accredited by the IACP, IAHIP or BACP.


Assessment: Assignments

There are no formal examinations, giving students more opportunities to concentrate on their assignments and their own self-exploration throughout their journey. 




The main components of the learning experience focus on your own personal and professional development, which, along with providing theoretical understanding and excellence in skills practice, will also emphasise the importance of personal awareness and development. You will, within a safe and secure learning environment, explore the aspects of personal development which potentially impact on professional development. You will also study a variety of counselling theories that include person-centred, existential, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic and other approaches. Each year of study is designed to provide you with a set of eclectic skills which can be applied in a wide variety of clinical settings. 

What our Students Say

"My memory of PCI is that it was one of the best experiences I have had in a learning environment. I am working as a marriage counsellor with Accord Kilkenny and I am now putting into practice what I learnt from your College. Thank you very much."
Mary Curtin - BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate

What our Students Say

“Excellent tutors and course-work, made this course very enjoyable. Also, Joyce in PCI was a fabulous & caring person... The Student Care Officer Phil Duggan was a great help in keeping students on track with their required hours. I found the college had a lovely approach in dealing with students & helping them to handle the pressure of completing the high level.... required.”
Jenny Hannigan - Foundation & BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate
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