As the BSc is an IACP recognised course, the following requirements also apply:

  • Completion of 50 hours of personal therapy over the duration of the course. Therapy must be conducted with an accredited IACP/IAHIP/BACP therapist.
  • Completion of 120 hours of client work (starting the end of Year 2 or the beginning of Year 3).
  • 24 hours of one-to-one supervision outside of the course. This commences when you start seeing clients and must be with an IACP/IAHIP/BACP supervisor.
  • 10 sessions of group therapy. This generally occurs in Year 4, but some students choose to commence it toward the end of Year 3.
  • When you are starting to see clients, you are required to become a student member of IACP and to obtain professional insurance.

If you are a pre-accredited/accredited member of IACP, and are not seeking IACP accreditation as a result of completing this MA, the following requirements apply:

  • Completion of 100 hours of client work – as qualified therapist, who is not seeking IACP accreditation as a result of this course, these hours can be done in your normal routine work, and at your normal rate of supervision.
  • IF you are already IACP accredited/pre-accredited, then there is no personal therapy requirement on this programme.

If you are not a pre-accredited/accredited member of IACP, and are seeking IACP accreditation as a result of completing this MA, the following requirements apply:

  • Completion of 100 hours of client work – if you are seeking IACP membership as a result of this masters, then these hours must be completed in an approved placement setting at a supervision ratio of 1:5.
  • If you are seeking IACP membership as a result of this masters, your supervisor must be IACP/IAHIP/BACP accredited.
  • If you are seeking IACP membership as a result of this masters, you must also complete 50 hours personal therapy concurrent with the programme. Your therapist must be IACP/IAHIP/BACP accredited.
  • If you are seeking IACP membership as a result of this masters, you will need to join IACP as a student member. The college will provide you with a letter for this application.

All students on this programme will need to set aside time each week to read, study, research and practice what they are learning.

  • 100 hours of client work must be completed as part of this programme. Approx. 50 hours should be with children aged 6-11 and 50 should be with adolescents aged 12-17. A ratio of 60:40 is also allowable if a learner has a preference for working with one age group over the other.
  • Clinical hours must be completed in an approved setting, after completion of an assessment of readiness to practice with younger clients.
  • Learners must be in supervision and clinical hours for this programme are at a ratio of 1:5 regardless of your accreditation status.
  • Everyone’s study skills are different, but a good guide is to set aside 5-10 hours per week for reading, research and practice.
  • We encourage learners to do ‘a little and often’. Read an article or skim a book chapter. Practice skills. Studying a small amount daily can help much more than trying to cram it in at the end.

The college works with each student to locate an appropriate placement. However, all students can secure placement with the Village Counselling Service in Tallaght if they wish to do so. Additionally, for those not located in Dublin, the college has a list of potential placement centres around the country. Every placement has to be approved by the college to ensure it meets the robust clinical governance requirements necessary for a student therapist.

Each module has a summative assessment. These will vary by module but include Skills Assignments, Theory Essays, Role Plays, Presentations etc. There are no exams.

If you are doing an IACP Recognised programme, you are required to do 50 hours of personal therapy.

No. The personal therapy requirement of the programme relates to time spent training on a programme where counselling and psychotherapy was at the core.

The programme requirement is that you see a fully accredited IACP, IAHIP or BACP therapist. Therefore, a therapist with pre-accredited status is insufficient on this programme.

No. You select your own personal therapist.

You can find a personal therapist on the IACP website, or from the list provided by the college (located on your Moodle Supporting Documents, and the Useful Resources section).

The list is not a recommendation but is a list of suitable accredited therapists who offer a student rate. Where required you can also consider any therapist on the IAHIP or BACP websites.

Yes, The BSc is a QQI validated Level 8 four-year programme, recognised by IACP (Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) as a professional award. Across all programmes, we hold at our core the importance of student support throughout the learning experience, and this is evident through the quality of the programmes, the expertise of our faculty and administrative teams, and the By-Your-Side student support programme we offer.

Learners must evidence all academic and clinical modules learning outcomes, 50 hours of personal therapy and complete a clinical placement reflecting 120-hours with adult clients in a suitable service. Personal therapists and individual supervisors must hold full accreditation status with IACP, IAHIP or BACP. There is no leeway on this requirement. The college provides support in securing a suitable placement and we know of services suitable across the country.

There is an 85% attendance requirement on all programmes.

Yes, as your level 8 or level 9 programme is unrelated to counselling and psychotherapeutic practice you would need to complete the full four years required by IACP to obtain an award recognised by IACP.

However, it is possible that with a degree (at level 8 or 9) you may be eligible for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning), but this can only be assessed following a full academic audit.

Entry under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is possible for applicants who can evidence previous qualifications and/or professional knowledge relevant to counselling and psychotherapy.

Entry under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is possible for applicants who can evidence previous qualifications and/or professional knowledge relevant to counselling and psychotherapy. You would need to apply under RPL so we can complete an academic audit and offer you the best entry route.

Entry under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is possible for applicants who can evidence previous qualifications and/or professional knowledge relevant to counselling and psychotherapy. You would need to apply under RPL so we can complete an academic audit and offer you the best entry route.

Every RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) application is unique to the applicant, and therefore, each RPL request is always assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are asked to provide evidence of prior learning related to counselling and psychotherapy, which reflects the learning outcomes of this programme.
Our course comparison form is designed to aid you in this as it details our modules and provides space for you to indicate what prior learning you have that you believe reflects the Learning Outcomes/ ECTS credits for the corresponding module. When completing the form, please detail any comparable modules you have previously completed. It is likely that your degree has equipped you with some of the knowledge skills and competencies related to certain BSc year one and two modules, and this could mean further exemptions within those modules. A determination of an applicant’s eligibility for an RPL entry route would be subject to a full academic audit of their complete application. This aids us in ensuring the RPL offered to you provides a robust, individualised Learning Plan that suits your education and training needs. For further information, email admissions@iicp.ie and we can send you the RPL form.

Direct Debit Payment Plans are available for an additional administration fee of €50.00, and students report that having this plan affords them flexibility and manageability in fee payments.

Due to the current situation, the college made the decision to keep lectures online until the end of the first semester and the college will then review this closer to the time. Generally, the degree is blended learning with some classes on site and some online.

Please contact admissions@iicp.ie to confirm you wish to defer/withdraw the offer of a place on the programme.

You can fill in an application form for the Taster evening which can be found on our website www.iicp.ie. Once we receive your application, you will be included on the participant list and the Zoom link will be emailed to you on the day of the Taster.