CAO Course Code
Why take this course?
This new Psychology degree is being offered from September 2018. Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. It examines how we think, feel, act and interact with other people. It examines questions such as: What makes each person unique? How can we communicate so that others understand us better? How can we make teams work efficiently? How can we help people to overcome anxiety? How can we make our dreams become a reality? If you are interested in similar types of questions, then this course is likely to be relevant to you.
The course will be relevant to anyone wishing to pursue a longer-term career in psychology. It is also an ideal stepping stone to post-graduate study either within psychology or in other areas of social science.
You will develop skills in research, problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis, communication and professional development. Crucially, this course also provides an opportunity to gain experience in a work-related setting.
What will I experience?
The BSc (Honours) in Applied Psychology at AIT is an ideal programme for learners who are interested in a thorough and comprehensive course in applied psychology and for those who wish to study in a friendly, supportive and collaborative environment.
In the course of your study at AIT, you will experience:
• A thorough grounding in all core aspects of psychology including cognitive, social, developmental, biological and personality psychology.
• As you progress through the four years, you will gain experience of specialised and applied areas within psychology including health psychology, sport psychology, issues in mental health and disability, human-computer interaction.
• Training in interpersonal communication and professional development will be invaluable in work settings and in your own personal life.
• An opportunity in year 3 to gain experience in a work-based setting.
• Small class sizes allowing for individual attention from lecturers and ample opportunities for discussion and collaboration with other class members.
• Enthusiastic lecturers who are committed to teaching and learning
• A friendly and vibrant campus community and the opportunity to join various social clubs and societies.
What opportunities might it lead to?
A degree in Psychology can lead to a comprehensive list of careers including roles in clinical psychology, counselling, education, health, forensics, sport, HR Management, and Business. The broader skills learned – such as critical thinking, communication, teamwork, research and project management skills – are also desirable for employers in a wide range of sectors
Graduates who decide not to continue further training in psychology will find that a primary degree in psychology is a valuable qualification. It combines high levels of literacy and numeracy, experience in working both individually and within teams, as well as analysing data and carrying out research.
In Year 3, the Collaborative Learning module is designed to enable you to gain experience in a work related setting. In this module, you will spend one day per week collaborating with a service provider in a relevant work setting.
One of the unique features of this new programme is its applied nature. AIT’s Department of Social Science has longstanding relationships with service providers across a range of health and social services. It includes areas such as Early Years Care & Education, Social Care, Mental Health Services, Intellectual Disability, Youth Work, Older People and Community Development.
- Course Duration:
- 4 Years
- CAO Course Code:
- Course Award:
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Course NFQ Level:
- Level 8
- Dept of Social Science
- Minimum Entry Requirements:
Leaving Certificate applicants to this programme are required to have Grade H5 in two higher-level subjects, plus Grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. One of these six subjects must include Maths at Grade H7 or O6. One of the six subjects must be a language, English or Irish.
Mature applicants are not required to meet these minimum entry requirements. However, a limited number of places for mature applicants - an interview may form part of the selection process.
QQI:Up to 5 places will be reserved for QQI applicants. Applicants must hold a minimum of three Distinctions in ONE of the following awards: General Studies (5M3114) or Applied Social Studies (5M2181) or Community Health Studies (5M4468). Applicants are also required to achieve a Merit grade in Maths (5N1833) or Maths for Information Technology (5N18396) or Maths for STEM (5N0556), or LCE Maths at O5/H7.
Careers & Opportunities
As mentioned above, an undergraduate degree in Psychology provides a fantastic foundation for further postgraduate study in a variety of related areas. However, graduates wishing to undertake a professional career in psychology (e.g.in clinical psychology, educational psychology, occupational psychology, counselling psychology or other specialised areas) must pursue further postgraduate study in psychology.
To enrol on a postgraduate course in a specialised field of psychology, graduates must hold an undergraduate Psychology degree approved by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).
Like all new undergraduate Psychology programmes, AIT is required to apply to the PSI for programme accreditation. Although PSI’s monitoring process takes place throughout all four years of the programme, AIT is optimistic of receiving approval by the time the first student cohort finish in June 2022.