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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


 Please email enquiries@pcicollege.ie if you have any queries.


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

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


Duration: Four years, part-time


Start Date:

Weekends classes: 12th September 2020* 

Kilkenny Tuesday: 15th September 2020*

Dublin Wednesday: 16th September 2020*

*Timetables are provisional and 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 - ACE Venue - Clondalkin Enterprise Centre, Neilstown Rd, Ronanstown, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin

Saturdays*: 9.00 - 17.30


Dublin West - Corrig House, Old Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Thursdays**: 14.00 - 20.00


Athlone - Athlone Education Centre, Moydrum Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Saturdays*: 9.00 - 17.30


Cork - Cork Education, Support Centre at The Rectory, Western Road, Cork

Saturdays*: 9.00 - 17.30

Limerick - 
Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick 

Saturdays*: 9.00 - 17.30


Kilkenny - St.Kierans College, College Road, Kilkenny 

Tuesdays**: 13.00 - 19.00


*Saturday programme: The course runs every other Saturday.

**Weekday programme: The course runs five consecutive weeks followed by a week break.


Award: Middlesex University BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy

*This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


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

FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.



The recruitment will take place as normal, however, due to the COVID19 situation, please be aware that if it is needed classes will be delivered online in compliance with further updates from the government. 

The classes will be delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.


Interested in finding out more? Call now at 01-464 2268 or add your details to the purple Questions Box above and we'll get back to you shortly. You can also see what our students say in the video on this page, or here in testimonials and profiles


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


  • Contemporary Humanistic & Existential Perspectives in Counselling & Psychotherapy 
  • Professional Competence: Counselling Skills & Ethical Practice 
  • Personal Development: Self Awareness & the Reflective Practitioner 
  • Online research tutorial x 2


YEAR 2: 90 credits (equivalent to 45 ECTS credits)


  • Contemporary Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory & Practice 
  • Professional Competence: Advanced Skills & Ethical Practice 
  • Personal Development: The Relational Self 
  • Online research tutorial x 2


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


  • Early Psychodynamic Perspectives: The Unconscious Mind 
  • Professional Competence: Research Methodologies in Counselling & Psychotherapy 
  • Professional Development: The Integrative Therapist 


YEAR 4: 90 credits (equivalent to 45 ECTS credits)


  • One elective theories module to be chosen:
    • Advanced Humanistic
    • Advanced CBT
    • Advanced Psychodynamics
  • Professional Competence: Thesis 7,500 words 
  • Professional Development: Clinical Placement Case Study 3,500 words



Additional Course Requirements:


  • 50 hours of personal therapy with an IACP/BACP/IAHIP accredited therapist
  • 120 hours of client work within an approved PCI College placement
  • 24 hours of supervision with an IACP/BACP/IAHIP accredited supervisor
  • 24 hours of CPD – 6 hours can be personal development, 18 hours minimum must be professional development
  • 32 hours of group supervision in-house (Year 3 and Year 4)


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



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-centered, existential, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and other approaches. Each year of study is designed to provide you with a set of eclectic skills that 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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