Pre-University Psychology

Certificate in Community Health Services QQI Level 5 (5M4468)  – 1 Year

This one-year full time course will introduce you to the scientific field of psychology, providing you with a broad understanding of the various disciplines within this social science. Over the year, you will learn how psychologists study, explain and predict behaviour –  in addition to the classification and treatment of abnormal behaviour. You will learn about the various pathways in psychology including clinical, counselling, forensic, consumer, organisational and other community settings.

The modules have been specifically selected to provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge for entering onto a degree in psychological science (including relevant academic skills). This course will also be of benefit to people interested in related fields including counselling and psychotherapy, law and justice, social care, business and marketing, neuroscience and many more.

As a career path in growing demand, this course will be of interest to anyone fascinated by human behaviour who is seeking a good foundation before studying in higher education.

Course Content

This course leads to a Level 5 QQI award in Community Health Services (5M4468)

  • Psychology
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Criminology
  • Research & Study Skills
  • Communications
  • Care Support
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Work Experience

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have an interest in the topic, maturity and a good academic ability which will allow them to engage meaningfully with the content. Course criteria include:

– Leaving Certificate (O3 in English, O5 in Mathematics)
– OR Leaving Certificate Applied (upper merit profile)
– Garda Vetting
– Interview may be required
– Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements, depending on prior learning and/or experience. Mature students, and those without a formal education, are welcome to apply.


1 Year

Course Charges


This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment*. Click here for more information and to check eligibility.