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BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy (4-Year Programme)


Our BSc (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy is an IACP-recognised professional qualification which is accredited by Coventry University.

Why train with us?

Cork Counselling Services Training Institute is a professional place, with a supportive and creative atmosphere. Our training courses provide a unique and exciting way to find out who you are, learn effective skills and become a competent counsellor.

We provide a supportive and exciting training environment which offers

  • Accredited since 1996 – the longest accredited IACP programme in the country
  • The possibility to train for a new career while maintaining your current employment
  • One of the core requirements for accreditation with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Training workshops divided between Cork, Kerry, Portlaoise and Wexford
  • An experiential and applied approach so that learning is lived and practiced rather than staying solely academic
  • A link to an established counselling practice so that current clinical issues remain to the fore in training
  • The opportunity to complete your placement either at Cork Counselling Services in Cork City or at approved venues nationwide
  • Access to clients presenting with a wide range of issues
  • Highly qualified trainers both from Ireland and abroad, all of whom are practising counsellors working within recognised codes of ethics and professional practice
  • A unique opportunity to reclaim joy, wonder, and creativity in your life with space and attention given to fun and celebration
  • Deliberately small group sizes allowing for individual attention, group cohesion and the potential for building friendships

How to apply:

  • The minimum age to apply for the course is 23 years
  • Applicants are invited to submit:
    • Completed application form (call us or email us to request)
    • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae
    • A passport sized photograph
    • Non-refundable application fee of €70 and
    • 2 References (call us or email us to request the template)


We like but do not require applicants to have successfully completed a Foundation in Counselling Skills Course and to have experience of personal development. Candidates who have completed other types of courses or modes of study must apply to have their learning accredited by our Training Team. Please download our Application for Accreditation of Prior Learning here.

Based on this application, individuals will be invited to attend individual interviews.
Selected candidates are then invited to a group interview.
Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course. Responsibility for final selection rests solely with the Training Team.