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Applied Psychology

Introduction

Are you curious about people and what motivates them?  Do you have an interest in Psychology and would you like to gain knowledge and understanding of this area? Are you interested in applying psychology theories to areas of management and business? Or would you like to progress to study for a degree? Yes? Then consider studying for this QQI Level 5 qualification at BFEI and take your first steps to advance in this fascinating area.

The course content covers subjects essential to those seeking to progress to further studies or to apply psychology theories to areas of management and business.

This QQI Level 5 Certificate has progression links to Level 8 PSI (The Psychological Society of Ireland) accredited courses.

Career Opportunities

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

Training in psychology can provide many useful skills and qualities including:

  • Social skills - teamwork, negotiation skills, initiative, ability to deal with people, conflict management
  • Information gathering – literature searches, report writing, interviewing, designing surveys
  • Analysis and synthesis skills – editing and synthesising information from a variety of sources, reading critically
  • Project planning – identifying steps, resources, solving problems, dependability, initiative and being able to work on several tasks at once, time management
  • Knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of people – cognitive, perceptual, physical, emotional, social, development, personality
  • Numerical, IT, statistical and inferential skills, analysis and presentation
  • Oral and written communication skills, listening, speaking etc.

Student with level 5 may be eligible for roles in social care, health care, community support, information officer, youth work, marketing, fundraising and will have developed skills useful to careers in Human Resources, Marketing and Public relations.

Course Structure

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 Code

  • APY
  • Duration

  • 1 year – full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 90
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 20
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days - mornings option (subject to availability)
Testimonial

I had thought about returning to college for a while, and when I found the BFEI Applied Psychology Course, I decided to finally do it.  The morning course schedule was perfect for me. I met some amazing people, from all ages and stages in life. Getting back to studying was so rewarding and challenging - my confidence was rejuvenated by the support and encouragement of the staff at BFEI; they are all amazing and have varied backgrounds and life-experiences that are shared willing with students. I was delighted with my results, but even more so with the experience I gained, knowledge acquired and friends made.

- Lara Henry, Applied Psychology Graduate of the Year, 2016 -

Support Elements
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation
  • Visit to the Central Criminal Court
  • Attend a Forensic Science Workshop
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of work submitted during the year and exams.
  • Learners who successfully complete all 8 subjects will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Award in Community Health Services (5M4468).

More Level 5 Courses at BFEI

Progression

Education/ Training

Graduates who complete this course may apply to the following course in BFEI:

You can continue your studies at BFEI, where you are eligible for entry to: Community Services Management Course (QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Health Services Supervisory Management Skills)

If you are interested in doing further study to get a degree, then this course opens up a range of progression routes both in the UK and in Ireland.

Learners may also apply through the CAO system for entry into Degree Courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

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 OR five O6/H7s OR a combination of five O6/H7s OR have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.

  • Others including Mature Students

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application 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.

Fees

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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