Applied Psychology

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services
Programme Co-ordinator: Christine Matthews
Award Code: 5M4468
Course Code: 414268

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme that provides an introduction to the field of psychology as it applies to the early years education, youthwork and healthcare sectors. The course content covers subjects relevant to those seeking to progress to further studies in the aforementioned areas as well as the humanities field. The course may also be of interest to those with existing qualifications and skills who are looking to gain insight and understanding of how psychology theory applies to their field. 

Component Awards:

  • Psychology (5N0754)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279)
  • Care Support (5N0758)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Social Studies (5N1370)
  • Criminology (5N2107)
  • Community Addiction Studies (5N1834) 

Career Opportunities:

  • Employment may be obtained in a wide variety of settings, including residential care centres, community projects, youth centres, centres for young people and adults with special educational needs, nursing homes and day care centres for the elderly/aged. 


  • Opportunities to progress to a wide variety of courses at further and higher education in the healthcare, early years education, psychology and humanities fields.  

Additional Activities:

  • Additional short courses may be offered in the areas of Fire Safety, Cardiac First Responder and Safe Breakaway Training.

“The Applied Psychology course has provided me with a vast knowledge of psychological functioning and all other aspects of psychology too!  It has given me the opportunity to progress further in my education something I feel would not be possible without the help of this course. Having been unsure if psychology was the path for me, College of FET Kilkenny has confirmed my passion for psychology throughout this year. Every day in this course was a pleasure!”

Jenna – Applied Psychology