Applied Psychology


Applied Psychology Course - Dublin

At BFEI, located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a one year QQI Level 5 Applied Psychology course.

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)

“I wanted to take on a new challenge that would offer me more career opportunities. After some research I discovered BFEI and the Applied Psychology Course really appealed to me. Once enrolled, I found all the staff really helpful and professional.  The course was delivered by knowledgeable and experienced Tutors who encouraged student interaction with the materials.  All of the modules offered a broad range of material that covered a large area of psychology.  As I had enjoyed my time studying in BFEI, I really wanted to carry on and further my education. Graduating from Applied Psychology in BFEI offered me further pathways into third level education.  I applied to both IADT and UCD to gain access to their psychology courses. Luckily for me I was accepted to both and chose to accept the offer from UCD where I am studying for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.  This will give me the opportunity to pursue a wide range of careers in the future. I truly believe that my time in BFEI has been instrumental in allowing me to achieve my place in UCD. I would encourage anybody that is uncertain about their career path or wants to get back into education to avail of the opportunities that BFEI can provide” 

- Darran Gormley, Applied Psychology Graduate, 2020 -

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



If you want a degree, then you can also apply through the CAO system for entry into degree courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

BSc Psychology or BSc Social Sciences, University College Dublin –

BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology (PSI Accredited),  IADT, Dún Laoghaire - 

BA (Hons) in Psychology * or BA Applied Social Studies in Social Care**,  Waterford Institute of Technology –

* Two places reserved for BFEI Graduates Minimum 3 Merits including Psychology Module

** Five places reserved for BFEI Graduates

BA (Hons) Psychology, National College of Ireland –

BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies in Social Care, Technological University Dublin [Blanchardstown] -

Alternatively this course also opens up a range of progression routes in the UK including:

BA Counselling Studies and Psychology or BSc Psychology Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the UK equivalent of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). University of Wales Trinity St David and Swansea Metropolitan -

BA (Hons) Psychology or BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology, Napier University, Edinburgh -

Check out the updated BFEI CAO Progression Pathways Chart with new progression options included for TCD, NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.  CAO data shows that many BFEI graduates from 2019/2020 secured excellent CAO offers.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate

You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or haveachieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

  • Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Application Process

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available.  Apply on-line for free.


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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