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


Our BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (4-Year Programme) is an IACP accredited professional degree programme. Download a Degree Programme Outline

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

  • Over 30 years of experience in training and counselling practice
  • Flexible study time with the option of:
    •  enhancing your qualifications while continuing to work, or
    • dedicating yourself full-time to the Degree and completing sooner
  • The opportunity to achieve your Degree while continuing to accrue practice hours towards professional accreditation
  • The opportunity to upgrade your qualification in preparation for the future statutory regulation of the profession
  • In-house placement opportunities
  • 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
  • Highly qualified practitioner-trainers both from Ireland and abroad, ensuring practice which remains inclusive and internationally relevant
  • 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 a completed Application Form for 2018-2019 along with:
    • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae,
    • A passport sized photograph,
    • Non-refundable application fee of €100, and
    • 2 References – please post  Degree Reference Request Form to two referees having filled out the blue section.

have successfully completed a Foundation in Counselling Skills Course and to have experience of personal development. 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.

Fees, Assessment & Award

The tuition fee per annum for each of Year 1 and Year 2 is €3,950. The tuition fee per annum for each of Year 3 and Year 4 is €2,750. Please note that the quoted training fee includes the University Registration Fee, course manuals, creative materials, training venue but does not cover supervision, practice hour costs, cost of any accommodation or meals for the workshops or personal counselling costs.


Assessment is continuous and based on submitted assignments, attendance, and feedback on personal development from self, peers and trainers.