Counselling Studies - Letterkenny

ATU - Donegal Campuses

Counselling Studies - Letterkenny

The course has been developed as a level 8 programme with a minimum entry qualification of an honours degree or equivalent as many of the potential applicants would hold an honours degree. Also many of those interested in undertaking this proposed programme of study would already be in employment which would or could have a counselling component thus it is envisaged this counselling qualification would support them in their current roles. Others will undoubtedly seek this qualification as a means to pursuing a full qualification as a Counsellor thus the link to the Ulster University programme in Counselling.

The proposed programme would be suitable for those who are seeking to make a career change but have some experience (voluntary or otherwise) in a helping capacity e.g. in human resources, law, social services, nursing or education. For those who are not seeking a career change then the course will enhance their current professional practice by providing them with an insight into the theory and practice of counselling as well as the management of high intensity distress.

Professional Recognition
Higher Diploma, Level 8 (QQI)
Do not provide counselling accreditation but graduates of this programme can continue to develop a career in counselling or psychotherapy.

Subjects taught

Year One


Humanistic & Existential Approaches in Counselling Mandatory 10
Supporting Clients through Change Mandatory 10

Body Centred Counselling Mandatory 10
Cognitive Behavioral Approaches: concepts & skills Mandatory 10

Year Two

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Relationships Mandatory 10
Counselling Skills and Theory Mandatory 10

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Standard applicants will present a qualification recognised by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications or equivalent. Applicants must also be currently employed in a counselling role or have recent experience (within last five years) of employment either professionally or voluntarily in a role involving the use of counselling skills. . Consideration will also be given to candidates who present with other suitable qualifications and experience in line with the colleges RPL procedures.


1.5 years part-time.


EU Fees: €3,000.00
Non-EU Fees: €10,000.00

Post Course Info

Follow-on Courses
Follow up programmes elsewhere include:
Postgraduate Counselling courses that may lead to a professional qualification in Counselling.

The main employers are:
Prison Services
Palliative Care
Private Industry
Human Resource Management

Graduate Careers
Graduate careers typically include:
Health and Social Care Services
Crisis Centres
Schools and Universities
Youth and Community Organisations

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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