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BA in Counselling Skills and Youth Studies

BA in Counselling Skills and Youth Studies


Develop your skills and expertise to become a competent practicing counsellor in the area of youth work

 This highly interactive programme is designed specifically for those interested in becoming professional counsellors in the area of youth work with a focus on youth intervention modalities.

Why Study Counselling & Youth Studies at Griffith College?

The BA in Counselling & Youth Studies is delivered by the Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is available on both a full or part-time basis over a three-year period. The course is aimed at those wishing to develop the range of counselling skills required to work with young people on a daily basis.

  • Students will develop industry-level academic and professional skills in youth studies.
  • Students will acquire specialised skills in counselling providing them with distinct employment advantages across a wide range of employment areas.
  • The programme is led and delivered by lecturers who have extensive experience and practical knowledge of the skills required to work professionally in the area.
  • Blended learning techniques allow the learner to access certain classes via on-line facilities.
  • Graduates have the option to progress to the BA (Hons) in Counselling Skills and Youth Studies

Intake Dates

This course commences September, 2019 (date TBC).

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What our students say

Teaching through experience, not alone theory, gave the course a personal, experiential glow that sparked a vibrancy in my interest and awakened a subsidiary in my mind that previously I was oblivious to.

Katrina Dennehy
B.A. in Counselling Skills and Youth Studies
Course details

The B.A in Counselling & Youth Studies (NFQ level 7) is delivered by the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is available on a part-time and full-time basis over a three year period. This course is highly interactive and is a leading academically based professional programme for those wishing to develop the skills and expertise necessary to become competent practising counsellors in the area of youth work with a focus on youth intervention modalities. Practitioners working with young people are frequently required to be competent in the use of counselling skills. Providing exceptional support for students the programme is led and delivered by lecturers who have extensive experience and practical knowledge of the skills required to work professionally in the area.

The programme is taught using a combination of classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities. In certain modules attendance may be a requirement.

  • Students will gain practical experience on all aspects of counselling which can later be applied both personally and professionally
  • Students will learn key life skills including the value of respect and genuineness, listening and understanding communication
  • Blended learning techniques allow the learner to access certain classes via on-line facilities
  • Small class sizes ensure that you get the one-on-one attention needed to perfect your counselling skills
  • Graduates have the option to progress to our BA (Hons level 8) in Counselling and Psychotherapy or BA. Hons Counselling & Youth Studies.

It is expected that the minimum educational entry requirements for counselling will be set at Honours Degree Level 8 NFQ and that entry to the practice of Psychotherapy will require a minimum qualification level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Year One
  • Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills & Practices 1
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Human Development
  • Research and Inquiry for Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Theoretical Perspective in Therapeutic Engagement in Practice
  • Ethics & Professional Issues
  • The Mental Health Continuum
  • Introduction to Personal Development
Year Two
  • Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills & Practices 2
  • Group Facilitation
  • Cultural Issues in Professional Practice
  • Theory of Psychological & Psychometric Assessment
  • Simulated Experiential Learning
  • Conceptual Framework for Youth Work
  • Socio Cultural Aspects of youth Development
  • Personal Development & Self Care Practices
Year Three
  • Elective/Independent Study Module
  • Bereavement, Loss & Grief
  • Application of Psychological & Psychometric Assessment
  • Leading and Managing in Youth Work
  • Family & Systems Theory
  • Social Deviance and Youth
  • Theory/Practice Integration (work placement 100 hours)
  • Facilitating Personal Development

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.


BA in Counselling Skills & Youth Studies

This course is scheduled to commence in September 2019 (date TBC) in Griffith College Dublin. Contact [email protected] for further details on course details and dates.

Students considering the BA in Counselling Skills & Youth Studies can take this course on a part-time basis. The course will commence in September. The course is delivered over 3 years and each year has two twelve week semesters, September to December and January to April.

Part-time option:

The part-time programme runs 1 evening per week (6.00pm to 10.00pm) and Saturdays (9.30am to 4.30pm) over the 2 semesters September to December and January to April.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

To join the B.A. in Counselling Skills & Psychotherapy Studies, applicants must meet the following requirements;

  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Complete and submit the completed application form and provide all requested information.
  • For non-CAO, complete an interview process, which is designed to explore your reasons for taking the programme and to ensure that it is suitable for your needs. ICHAS is committed to ensuring that the programme you are on is right for you.
  • Complete the Garda vetting procedure.
  • English language proficiency certificates (e.g. IELTS of 6 or equivalent) if applicable. Please see http://ichas.ie/prospective-students/international-applicants/

How to Apply

If you are under 23 years of age and applying for the full-time programme you have to apply through the CAO website on www.cao.ie. Normally this requires applicants to have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate programme and to have obtained a minimum of 250 points. A minimum grade of D1 in English is stipulated.

Tuition Fees
Part-time Course Fees

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR300.00 and a 2% Protection of Enrolled Learners Fee is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below: The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time/Part-Time


EUR 3,450 (Total fee payable EUR 3825)


Academic Progression

Graduates of the B.A. in Counselling Skills & Youth Studies will be eligible to progress to the BA (Hons) in Counselling Skills & Youth Studies, which can be completed in 1 year.

Career Progression

Graduates of the B.A. in Counselling Skills & Youth Studies will have a good basis for professional progression in the counselling sector while they will have developed key life skills that can be applied freely to other professions.


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