Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine MacDonald from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elaine MacDonald

Psychologist - Clinical

St. Michael's House


  Elaine MacDonald

Make sure you are willing to go the full distance in terms of the time needed to train as a Clinical Psychologist – it’s typically at least six years academic study, and invariably this period is interspersed with work in a relevant field.

Do be as confident as you can that you’re happy being a “listener” and “observer”, as you will spend significant amounts of time in your work life as a Clinical Psychologist being in this role, as well as being in the “do-er” role and being in the limelight.

To have a good ‘fit’ with this career you’ll need to be happy working with people – as individuals on a one to one basis, with groups (e.g. families), and as part of a team in the workplace.

You need to have a good attention to detail as the job needs good observation skills, record keeping, and organisation skills.

Be prepared for learning and self-development to be on-going for the whole of your career because, as a Clinical Psychologist, you’ll be learning and using techniques and intervention approaches that are being constantly developed, and be working in accordance with policies and laws that are also constantly evolving.

The last piece of advice I’d give to someone considering this job is to be as sure as you can that you feel comfortable and even excited at the prospect of your career revolving around people and groups with all the varied, diverse, and unpredictable rewards and challenges that this brings!


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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
3 - 4 Years
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Points History:

2013 - 315
2012 - 320
2011 - 330
2010 - 360
2009 - 335
2008 - 325*
2007 - 305
2006 - 315
2005 - 320

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This course is designed for students who have prior knowledge and experience of working with adults who are continuing their education, as trainers in the private sector, or with people who may have learning disabilities. The programme covers curriculum development, teaching and learning methodologies and the use of information technology in education and training.

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At the end of year Two of the B.Sc. in Education and Training, students may choose to either progress directly into their final year or to register for an optional extra year after which they will complete their final year.

Students who complete the course in three years will graduate with the B.Sc. in Education and Training, while students who register for the optional Year Three will complete the course in four years and graduate with an award of B.Sc. in Education and Training (Further, Adult and Continuing Education). Graduates of the four-year course will be recognised by the Teaching Council as qualified Teachers of further education. See page 114-115 of the DCU prospectus for further information.

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The following FETAC Major Awards may be used for entry into this course. Click on the course codes view a list of FETAC courses that provide that award.

Essential Module Requirements:

DCHSX/5M4468 - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:

  • G20001 or 5N0690
  • W20008 or 5N1356
  • D20001 or 5N0749
  • D20003 or 5N2705
  • D20005 or 5N1764
  • D20007 or 5N1773
  • D20012 or 5N4325
  • D20032 or 5N1279
  • D20165 or 5N1794

DCHCC/5M2786 - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:

  • D20003 or 5N2705
  • D20032 or 5N1279
  • D20165 or 5N1794
  • G20001 or 5N0690
  • W20008 or 5N1356

DCHSC/5M2009 - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:

  • D20159 or 5N1765
  • D20005 or 5N1764
  • D20007 or 5N1773
  • D20153 or 5N1770
  • G20001 or 5N0690
  • W20008 or 5N1356

ECHSX/5M2154 - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:

  • E20115 or 5N0762
  • E20114 or 5N1274
  • E20113 or 5N1296
  • G20001 or 5N0690
  • W20008 or 5N1356

EYXXX/5M4732 - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:

  • E20140 or 5N1384
  • E20141 or 5N1366
  • E20142 or 5N2002
  • G20001 or 5N0690
  • W20008 or 5N1356

EASSX/5M2181 - Distinctions in five modules which must include three from the following:

  • G20001 or 5N0690
  • G20031 or 5N1370
  • L22541 or 5N0754
  • E20169 or 5N0765
  • W20008 or 5N1356

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Career in teaching/training in Adult, Further and Continuing Education or in private or public sector Training. 3. wish to pursue a career as a classroom assistant in Primary, Post-Primary or Special Needs Education.

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