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BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (Top-Up Programme)


Graduation photo

Our picture shows past students of the B.Sc in Counselling & Psychotherapy attending their graduation in Coventry Cathedral in April 2016. Betty Quinlan and Laura Maybury represented Cork Counselling Services Training Institute at the event.

In response to pending statutory registration of counsellors, Cork Counselling Services Training Institute is offering students an opportunity to upgrade their existing qualification to Degree level.  The BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy (Top-up Programme) is validated by Coventry University. The course will allow students to deepen their knowledge of theory, practice and research in Integrative Humanistic Counselling. Our aim is to create learning conditions that support students in further developing their ability to identify and respond to advanced counselling issues and complex relationship dynamics with immediacy, spontaneity and creativity.  Students will gain a greater understanding of and ability to work with complex issues. They will develop an advanced understanding of current and cutting edge literature and research findings underpinning and supporting their clinical practice.

Why train with us?

Independent experts at Times Higher Education (THE) rank Coventry University as one of the international elite – one of the ‘Top 200’ young universities across the world. This follows from last year where THE named Coventry as one of the world’s Top 200 ‘most international’ universities.

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 acrue 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

The Complete University Guide put Coventry University “Top New University” in the UK – of all new universities.

How to apply:

  • Applicants are invited to submit a completed Application Form for Oct 2019 along with:
    • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae,
    • A 2000-word personal statement on their personal and professional development as a counsellor and how this relates to their application,
    • 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.

We expect our applicants to have successfully completed an IACP-recognised Diploma in Counselling. Candidates who have completed other types of courses or modes of study must apply to have their learning accredited by our Training Team. Based on this application, suitable candidates will be invited to attend individual interview. Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course. Responsibility for final selection rests solely with the Training Team.

Fees, Assessment & Award

Course Fees The tuition fee is €4,200. For students on the part-time programme this cost is payable pro rata (See Application Form for details). Please note that this training fee includes the University Registration Fee but does not cover supervision or personal counselling costs. Assessment Assessment is continuous and based on submitted assignments, attendance, and feedback on personal development from self, peers and trainers. Award A BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy is awarded to students on successful completion of their studies.


We wish all of our 2018 Degree Graduates every success in their future careers