Applied Psychology at Senior College Dun Laoghaire : Full Time, One Year
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Applied Psychology


This one year course in Psychology is designed for those who have an interest in Psychology and would like to gain knowledge and understanding of this area. 


Career Opportunities

The course content contains subjects essential to those seeking to progess in the area academically or to apply psychology theories to areas of management and business. 


Core Elements

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Child Development
  • Psychology
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Statistics
  • Criminology
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Work experience is a mandatory part of the course. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 10 days work experience which offers students the opportunity to further develop their skills and gain an understanding of the workplace.


Course CodeAPY
Duration1 year – full time September to May
Number of places90
Number of contact hours per week20
Timetable contact5 days - mornings option (subject to availability)

Support Elements

  • Applied IT (MS Office 2010)
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation 

Assessment and Certification

  • Assessment is based on a combination of work submitted during the year and exams.
  • This course is certified by FETAC.  Learners must pass all 8 subjects to be awarded a FETAC Level 5 Award in Community Health Services (5M4468) (


Learners who achieve a minimum number of distinctions may progress to further study at third level. This award (DCHSX) has many links to courses at third level. The FETAC website has further details. Some of these links include:

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Level 8 PSI Accredited) awarded by the IADT, Dun Laoghaire. 
  • BScoSci Social Science awarded by NUI Maynooth (Level 8)
  • BA (Hons) Business with Psychology awarded by Dublin Business School (Level 8 PSI Accredited)
  • BA Applied Social Studies in Social Care awarded the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
  • BA (Hons) Psychology or BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology awarded by Napier University, Edinburgh. No tuition fees are charged to Irish undergraduates studying in Scotland.
  • BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychology awarded by Swansea Metropolitan University. Entry to 2nd year of a 3 year Degree Programme. (This Degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the UK equivalent of the PSI).

    Mature Students (Over the age of 23)
    Typically Universities reserve a number of places on their Psychology degree courses for mature students. Students have to apply to each University individually. This course will provide a foundation to the basic modules studied on the first year of a Psychology course and therefore should greatly assist a student's ability to gain access to a Psychology course. For example the BA Honours in Psychology at NUI Maynooth has twenty places with five reserved for mature entry.  


Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA

Applicants should have achieved five passes at ordinary level. LCA applicants should submit details of credits awarded.

  • Others including Mature Students 

Applicants without these entry requirements are welcome and will be assessed individually. 


Advisory Meeting 

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services charge and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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