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BA (Hons) in Counselling & Addiction Studies

BA (Hons) in Counselling & Addiction Studies


The BA (Hons) in Counselling and Addiction Studies is delivered by the Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is available on a part-time basis.

This is a 1-year add-on course to our Level 7 BA in Counselling skills & Addiction Studies programme or equivalent Level 7 qualification in a related field of study.

The course is highly interactive and it has been designed specifically for those who want to study to become competent professional practitioners in counselling and addiction-related areas.

Why Study Counselling & Addiction Studies at Griffith College?

The BA (Hons) in Counselling and Addiction Studies has many features that make it one of the leading programmes of this type in Ireland.

Dublin Main Campus Intake Dates

This course commences September 2020 

Please see the timetable section for course dates;

Course details

The BA (Hons) in Counselling and Addiction Studies programme combines theory and practical skills. You will study Psychopathology, Contemporary Discourses in Counselling & Addiction Studies, Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapeutic skills, Principles & Practices of group therapy and Managing Process and Behavioural Addictions. You will then apply these to the completion of a final year project and an applied practice work placement.

The course will commence in September and can be taken on a part-time basis. The course is delivered across two twelve-week terms through a combination of classroom-based modules as well as some that are ‘blended’.

The course uses both classroom-based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using online facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance. In certain modules, attendance may be a requirement.

Students considering doing the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Addiction Studies can take this course on a part-time basis. The academic year is broken up into two twelve week semesters – September to December and January to April.

How will I be assessed? 

The modules above will be assessed using a range of assessment approaches including continuous assessment, project work, practical exercises and terminal assessments.

Principles & Practice of Group Therapy
Contemporary Discourses in Counselling & Addiction Studies
Managing Process and Behavioural Addictions
Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills & Practice
Final Year Project
Applied Practice
Elective Module

Course Contacts

If you have any queries or would like to receive further information please contact:


This course is scheduled to commence in September 2020 at Griffith College Dublin Main Campus. 


The part-time programme runs 1 evening per week (6 pm to 10 pm) and Saturdays (9.30 am to 4.30 pm) over 2 semesters, September to December and January to April, at Griffith College Main Campus (subject to viable cohort).

Please contact [email protected]  if you would like to receive a copy of the timetable.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

To join the BA (Hons) in Counselling & Addiction Studies, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a Level 7 or equivalent qualification in a related area of study
  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Complete and submit the application form
  • Applicants are required to 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 6.0 or equivalent) if applicable. Learn more. 

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

Tuition 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:

Study Mode: Part-Time

Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 3450 (Total fee payable EUR 3825)


Academic Progression

Those who complete the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Addiction Studies may access the suite of level 9 programmes with the College or relevant Level 9 programmes in other colleges/universities.

Career Progression

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Addiction Studies can be found working in organisations and areas such as private and public statutory sector as counsellors, in areas of addiction practice including community-based organisations, working with individuals, families and communities affected by addiction. Past graduates have also have progressed (following professional accreditation) to establish private practices, have worked as members of multi-disciplinary teams in the health, social care settings within the private, community and voluntary sectors

The Government has committed to increased funding of mental health initiatives as part of the national counselling service. For many, the opportunity to work in private practice as a professional Counsellor is hugely important. With the forthcoming statutory regulation of counselling and psychotherapy, the fact that this programme has been validated by QQI should not be underestimated.



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