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BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Meets the criteria of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and fully accredited by Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP). 


  • outstanding individual support; unique classroom setting (experiential and theoretical)
  • gain professional qualification in order to practice as a therapist (Accredited by IACP, meets BACP Criteria)
  • achieve an honours Bachelor of Science degree validated by Middlesex University (Level 6)


Course Details


PCI College provide a part-time BSc (Hons) Degree Programme, validated by Middlesex University.  The Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is awarded on completion of Year 3 of the BSc programme meets the criteria of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP). Currently, a Diploma is the academic requirement for working towards accreditation, but this standard is likely rise at some stage in the future. PCI College provide BSc (Hons) Degree Programmes, validated by Middlesex University, for those students who wish to add to their qualifications.

Venue: Inspire HQ, Lombard House, 10-20 Lombard Street, Belfast BT1 1RD

Start Date: 14th September 2018*


*Please note all start dates are subject to change.

Duration: Four years, part-time.

Every second weekend,  Friday 18.00-21.00 & Saturday 9.30-17.30
Group Supervision starts in 2nd Year.  One Sunday a month for 2 hours.

Assessment: Assignments

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


Wondering if this is the right course for you? Read 7 Reasons to Choose PCI College Belfast for your counselling course now! 


1. Applicants should possess a maturity to reflect on their own development as a person.
2. Applicants need to have successfully completed a:

Certificate Course in Counselling & Psychotherapy (or similar) - 100 Hours
· Work/Volunteer training with a substantial counselling element.*
· Level 5+ course in Psychology, Social Care/Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing or Equivalent.*

3.Entry is by application form, essay** and interview.

*Entry onto the Diploma & BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy may require catch-up work to be completed. This is based on assessment of your prior learning, which will be discussed at Interview.


**The essay must be no less than 1,000 words in length. The topic of the essay is why you want to become a counsellor. Anything that you think is relevant can be included, whether it is work or life experience. Please email your essay to enquiries@pcicollege.ie or post it to PCI College, Corrig House, Old Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. Essays must be submitted along with the application form before the candidate can be considered for interview.

Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course. Workshops including essay skills will be provided to assist with the practicalities of written work. These workshops are currently provided free and attendance is mandatory.

In years 3 & 4 as degree students become more independent learners, tutorials, seminar, and career development sessions will be provided.

Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on application.

Talk to us:
+44 (0) 289 099 7852

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Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy 



What our Students Say

“The course has opened up my mind and my emotions to all aspects of human life both positive and negative. Because of this, I believe I am a much more rounded person & the possibilities are endless. For me the practical application along with the academic understanding really enriches the course...”
Susan Gorman - BSc (Hons) in Addiction Counselling 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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