Guidance Counselling Service

BCFE offers a Guidance Counselling Service to its fulltime students, which aims to assist them to get maximum benefit from their College experience. There are two Guidance Counsellors in the college and each class group has a designated Guidance Counsellor. The service follows the two strand model and incorporates both guidance and counselling within an educational setting.

GUIDANCE

BCFE offers a Guidance Counselling Service to its students, which aims to assist them to get maximum benefit from their College experience. There are two Guidance Counsellors in the college and each class group has a designated Guidance Counsellor. The service follows the two strand model and incorporates both guidance and counselling within an educational setting.

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www.cao.ie

www.qualifax.ie

www.qqi.ie

www.ucas.co.uk

www.careersportal.ie

www.findacourse.ie

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Students taking a QQI Level 5 course may apply to:

  1. Irish Universities and ITs through the CAO using the QQI CAS points system,
  2. Related courses in UK universities through UCAS or
  3. Higher National Diploma (HND) courses or QQI Level 6 Courses in BCFE/other FE colleges.

Students are advised that this is a competitive process. All students under 23 must meet the minimum entry requirements of the course they are applying to.

Students taking a HND may apply for:

  1. Advanced entry to related courses in individual ITs here in Ireland,
  2. Advanced entry or top-up degrees in related courses in UK universities through UCAS
  3. Top up degrees in Colleges of Further Education here in Ireland.

Students are advised that this is a competitive process.

COUNSELLING

Some students find college years can be an anxious and stressful time with lots of adjustments to make. The guidance counsellors provide a support service within an educational setting to students who are willing to engage in change and are prepared to face challenges in new ways. Students can have a variety of issues: academic or college related, personal, or mental health issues. All are important to the student concerned. The Guidance Counsellors may offer a limited number of one to one support sessions by appointment to students of BCFE in a caring, supportive and non-judgmental environment.

Guidance Counsellors will also refer students to outside agencies when this is the most suitable course of action. While this is a confidential service there are limitations to confidentiality. These limitations are clearly defined in the BCFE Student Diary/ Handbook. Students who wish to avail of the service should familiarise themselves with these guidelines. This service is supported by CDETB Psychological Service.

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