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Liam McCarthy Scholarship

Liam McCarthy PCI College FounderPCI College is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Liam McCarthy Scholarship 2017.

The Scholarship is awarded as a tribute to Liam McCarthy, who together with Josephine Murphy, founded PCI College in 1991.  While Liam is no longer with us, the pioneering work of the College founders to promote high academic standards while making training accessible to all, still continues in PCI College today.

This is a unique opportunity to receive substantial financial support for a course which could be the beginning of a new career for one lucky winner. The Scholarship will provide full fees for the successful candidate to complete our BSc (Honours) degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy, beginning in September 2017.  The BSc (Honours) course is a four year, part-time honours degree, validated by Middlesex University and it meets the criteria of the IACP for professional accreditation.  The Scholarship is open to anyone intending to start the BSc in 2017. Students must have completed a Certificate course (of 100 hours or similar) or be in the process of completing one, or meet the criteria for entry to the BSc degree.

The deadline for applications is Friday 10th March 2017 at 2.00pm. 


Applicants must complete an application form (download from the left of this page), together with a 1000 word essay entitled:


““Regulation of counselling and psychotherapy is essential in order to strengthen and protect the profession”

Please discuss this statement.


Candidates must also submit a 500 word endorsement from a helping professional on why they believe the Candidate should be awarded the Scholarship.


If you have any questions about the Scholarship, please contact Adam, David or Sinead at 01-464 2268 or email enquiries@pcicollege.ie




Entry Requirements  

Applicants should possess sufficient maturity to reflect on their own development as a person, they will also need to have successfully completed a:  


Certificate Course in Counselling & Psychotherapy (or similar) -100 Hours (or be in the process of completing a Certificate course)

OR Equivalent:
     ·Work/Volunteer training with a substantial counselling element.*
      ·Level 7+ course in Psychology, Social Care/Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing
Entry is by application form which must include a 1000 word essay by the applicant entitled:


““Regulation of counselling and psychotherapy is essential in order to strengthen and protect the profession”

Please discuss this statement.

Applicants must also be nominated by someone within the helping professions. As part of the application the nominator is required to submit a 500 word endorsement, outlining why they think the candidate should be awarded the Scholarship.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to be interviewed by a panel of experts.


In summary, applicants must submit the following documents to successfully apply for the scholarship:


1. A completed application form. 


2. A 500-word written endorsement by someone within a helping profession.


3. A 1000-word essay written by the applicant entitled “Regulation of counselling and psychotherapy is essential in order to strengthen and protect the profession”.


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