Applied Psychology *NEW FOR 2020*

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services

Programme Co-ordinator: Olive Keyes

Award Code: 5M4468

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, youth work 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)
  • Social Studies (5N1370)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279)
  • Child Development (5N1764)
  • Community Addiction Studies (5N1834)
  • Care Support (5N0758)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • A relevant qualification at NFQ Level 4 or 5.
  • Prior experience of working in a professional capacity in the industry.
  • Mature students are welcome.
  • Successful completion of an interview.
  • Garda clearance is a requirement

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


Approximately €300 to cover the costs of textbooks and examination fees.

Additional Training:

Learners may have the opportunity to complete the following short courses:

  • Cardiac First Aid Responder
  • Breakaway Techniques Training
  • Manual Handling
  • Fire Safety Training