Applied Psychology with Psychotherapy (Level 5)

Psychology is the scientific investigation of behaviour and mental processes. It aims to study how a person thinks, feels and acts in any social situation. The main emphasis is on the individual and how they can affect and be affected by, social contact with other parties.

Applied Psychology avails of general psychological principles and theories and uses them to investigate problems in the area of business management, product design, ergonomics, law, health and mental health.To do this, Applied Psychologists use a range of measurement techniques. These include observation, case studies, psychometric tests, surveys and experiments.

This foundation course 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, the course also lays the foundation for a wide variety of ‘people–focused’ careers in social research, environmental psychology and human resource management.

  • QQI Certificate in Community Health Services (5M4468) – NFQ Level 5
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Community Health Services
  • Award Code: 5M4468
  • Level: 5 – Further Education & Training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

A minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.


Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 qualifications.

The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be
considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Psychology
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Statistics
  • Social Studies
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

Disclaimer: The college reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

For information on all relevant higher education links visit , and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit

Full-time Courses:

  • UCD – BSc (Hons) Psychology – DN720
  • Maynooth University – Psychology – MH106
  • TCD – BA Psychology- TR006
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire – BSC (Hons) Applied Psychology – DL825
  • NCI –BA (Hons) Psychology- NC010 (self- funded course, fees apply)
  • UCC- BA (Hons) Applied Psychology- Ck120
  • WIT – BA (Hons) Psychology- WD163
  • UCD – BSc Social Science –DN700
  • UCD – B SocSc Social Policy & Sociology –DN750
  • Maynooth University – Arts – MH101
  • Maynooth University- Social Science –MH107
  • South East Technology University (SETU) Ballsbridge College has a progression agreement with SETU linking this course’s QQI award (5M4468) to a range of WIT degrees. Please see

Dylan Saunders“I have always had a deep interest in the human mind and how we as humans act and behave. I really didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for the course, but from the very first day I walked through the doors I knew I was in the right place to learn and also make lifelong friends! It was obvious from the beginning that the staff main priority are the students.

They went out of their way on a daily basis not only to make sure we were comfortable with the course material, but also to make sure we all felt, happy and secure. All of the teachers I had the pleasure of sitting in front of, are in my opinion experts in their field!

The passion they have for the subject and for our education comes out in every class and at no stage did I feel stressed out. This was due to the constant support by all the teachers. I also wanted to get involved more within the college. So, once I was on the Student Council, I put myself forward as candidate for College President and I was elected! Along with all the other fantastic individuals in the Council we managed to do some great things. I would also encourage any students in the following years to get involved in the Council. It is a great experience.

There are also so many other activities in the college, there are classes after college where you can study another language, sports teams, the Erasmus programme also so you will be kept busy. If you are looking for a place where you can study a subject you have a love and passion for, in an upbeat and positive atmosphere, then I would highly recommend Ballsbridge College. You will be supported there every day and pushed to do your best.”  

Dylan Saunders, Applied Psychology graduate 2020, progressed to BA Psychology, NCI

Dylan BolgerBallsbridge college was a great stepping stone, helping me achieve the aims and aspirations of my vocational path as a psychologist. The teachers were warm and welcoming, they saw that I was willing to work hard, so in return I was given the support I needed to achieve the grades necessary for the Undergraduate BSc Psychology course in UCD. Regardless of the regulations imposed by lockdown, I still managed to form friendships with classmates and a relationship that lasts to this day, making my time at the college something I will remember for the rest of my life. So, I want to say a big thank you to the institution that helped me make my dream career path a reality. A piece of advice for future students; what you put into things is what you get out of them and there is plenty of opportunities you can get out of Ballsbridge if you put in time and effort.”  

Dylan Bolger, Applied Psychology graduate 2021, currently studying BSc Psychology, UCD

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