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Psychology City Colleges’ Professional Diploma

  • An introduction to the main topics of modern psychology
  • 10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm GMT
  • Live & fully online training with real-time instructor-student interaction.
  • Choose to sign up with a deposit on our Instalment Plan options
  • Pay in full & get €100 off listed price
  • Starts May 2024

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The Diploma in Psychology at City Colleges aims to introduce students to the main topics often taught on modern psychology courses. These topics include developmental and lifespan psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, biological basis of behaviour, personality theory and individual differences, abnormal psychology, research design and methods, and psychological therapies. Students will also gain experience of research through a project to be completed within one month of completion of lectures.

The focus of the Diploma is theoretical although discussion and practical examples of relevance will be discussed throughout. Graduates will possess a broad, basic understanding of modern psychology following completion of the Diploma. They may use such learning to decide if further studies in psychology would be of interest to them. Alternatively, students may simply complete the Diploma out of interest regarding the manner in which modern psychology aims to investigate and better understand the human mind and behaviour. Professionals in related disciplines such as counselling, etc, may also be eligible to consider completion of the course for CPD (continuing professional development) purposes.

The course takes place over 10 weeks with three annual intakes – in February, April and September.

1.Explain the main features, characteristics, core principles and concepts of two of the major psychological perspectives

2. Identify the main therapies, interventions, practical and ethical boundaries of each psychological perspective within care and other settings

3. Explain how each perspective contributes to an understanding of individual and group behaviour

4. Gain an understanding of the research methods and ethical issues involved in the study of psychology

5. Apply theory and research to work practice with due regards for ethics

6. Examine the nature of attitudes and beliefs

7. Apply skills/knowledge to typical work-based problems.

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding the Diploma.

A Written Assignment of 2,500 words.

Louise Heffernan

Louise Heffernan obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Dublin Business School in 2007 and was awarded her Masters in Psychology (ABA) from Trinity College Dublin in 2010. She gained Board Certification with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and has been practicing as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® (BCBA®) since 2011. 

Louise has worked across many different educational environments, in different roles, supporting children with additional needs and their families. She has worked closely with teachers, Special Needs Assistants and early year’s practitioners over the past two decades, providing them support, training and mentoring. Louise has been lecturing on QQI approved courses since 2014.

Louise is fully committed to ensuring that students engage in a positive learning experience and is passionate about enabling students to access and participate in training programmes so that they gain a meaningful understanding of the topic. 

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

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Diploma in Counselling Psychology

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Further Information

Please call the College on +353 1 416 0034 or email

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