BA Hons Counselling Addiction

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) In Counselling With Addiction

What is Counselling With Addiction

Please Note:
As part of the registration process, it is necessary to determine the applicant’s mental and physical health competence to undertake a Bachelor of Arts with Addiction programme and to practise as Counsellors following successful completion of their programme and must provide a completed Medical Certificate of competence signed by their Doctor.
Download: Medical Certificate of Competence for the BA in Counselling with Addiction

Counselling involves talking and listening to clients about their emotions, relationships, thought processes, patterns of behaviour or life events, such as bereavement, addiction, divorce, health issues or job concerns.

Counsellors help clients to understand themselves better and find their own solutions to resolve or cope with their situation or issues. Counsellors play a crucial role in improving the health and wellbeing of people in society.

Applicants must:

  • Be over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of entry.
  • Hold a Leaving Certificate or equivalent with a minimum of 2 x H5 and 4 x 06/H7.
  • Hold a full QQI (level 5) award with a minimum of 3 distinctions.
  • Have completed a recognition of prior learning (RPL) process with the college (applicants, who hold other qualifications and/or experience, may be considered for a place on this undergraduate programme). Evidence must be presented in line with the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited education, work based training and relevant life/work experience. This learning is assessed, and this in turn leads to being considered for a place on the programme.
  • Applicants must also meet satisfactory English requirements - documentation indicating a minimum of 6.0 IELTS.
  • Mature applicants who do not have Leaving Certificate/QQI level 5, or equivalent may also be required to attend a mature student assessment at IT Tralee.
  • Vetting by An Garda Síochána is a mandatory requirement for this programme.
  • Recommendation from interview panel (score above threshold)

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Why study Counselling With Addiction at IT, Tralee

ITT Logo and CMM ‌This BA (Honours) in Counselling with Addiction course is a collaborative programme between the Insitute of Technology Tralee and Cuan Mhuire/Galilee House of Studies. Cuan Mhuire is Ireland’s ‘largest multi-site provider of residential detoxification and treatment for those suffering from addiction ( Galilee House of Studies is an established provider of a higher education undergraduate diploma programme in counselling located in Athy, Co. Kildare.

The course will be delivered by a team of experienced practising addiction counsellors and third level academic staff in Galilee House of Studies, Athy, Co. Kildare (Year 1 and Year 2) and the Institute of Technology Tralee, Co. Kerry (Year 3), with practice placement undertaken in Cuan Mhuire’s residential centres or other relevant clinical sites across Ireland (Year 4). Sitting

Students will have the opportunity to seek their own practice placement sites, however IT Tralee/Cuan Mhuire/Galillee House of Studies will ultimately be responsible for ensuring that all students secure an appropriate practice placement site. Student accommodation is available in Galilee House at a cost of €20 per night B&B.

What are my career opportunities

The purpose of this programme is to provide systematic training in counselling theory and practice at a level that prepares participants to counsel in a variety of settings and to use various counselling approaches. 

Counselling is a growing and evolving profession in Ireland and internationally. Also, addiction in recent years is becoming an increasing problem in Ireland, with the Government pledging to increase funding in the area of mental health initiatives as part of the national counselling service.

Counsellors may work with individuals, couples, families or groups, and may provide counselling face-to-face, over the telephone or online. There are significant employment opportunities in the various specialised areas, such as addiction, victim support, marriage guidance, bereavement, substance abuse, homelessness, youth and community. Many counsellors work in private practice, private or public residential and non-residential youth and adult centres, schools, colleges, hospitals etc. Some choose to work in a specialized way, for example, by employing methods such as cognitive behaviour therapy or psychodynamic counselling.

Other Information

Graduates of counselling and psychotherapy courses completing studies in 2019 will be regulated under CORU, and all of the relevant Irish professional bodies will require practitioners in counselling to hold, as a minimum entry qualification, a NFQ Level 8 (Honours) Degree in counselling.

Students attending full-time third level courses can apply for grant funding from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) at Eligibility for grants is dealt with solely by the applicant (student) and SUSI.

Tuition fees for this programme are covered by the Free Fees Initiative, see Please note, students who are eligible for the free fees scheme are required to pay a student contribution charge of €3,000 (2016/17 academic year). Students will be required to pay for additional personal supervision and counselling fees over the duration of the programme.

On completion of the programme, graduates will also be accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) and the National Association of Pastrol Counselling and Psychotherapy (NAPCP).


Successful completion of the BA (Honours) in Counselling with Addiction programme will enable learners to progress their studies to masters level. The Institute of Technology Tralee, in collaboration with Cuan Mhuire/Galilee House of Studies, are planning to develop a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy. In addition, graduates will have the opportunity to undertake the masters scholarship programme offered by IT Tralee which supports learners in developing their research interests and skills to NFQ level 9.



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