This is a two year Social Care QQI Level 6 course which examines the theory and practice of social studies and social care. The wide range of modules offered enables students to gain a critical awareness of the way in which society works and provides the opportunity to investigate contemporary social issues and problems. Modules encompass a mix of psychology, sociology and practice-based subjects.
Learners are also enabled to improve their communication skills, self-awareness, critical reflection and interpersonal skills, all of which are central to working in social care. Students will engage in supervised work experience over the two years which provides practical knowledge, skills and competence for the field of social care.
Social Care involves working with marginalised or disadvantaged people in a caring, compassionate way. There are a wide range of career options in social care including:
Youth and community work, working with young offenders, the probation service, working with disadvantaged children , working with the physically or intellectually disabled, the homeless, the elderly, people with drug/alcohol dependency, asylum seekers/refugees etc.
Five passes in Leaving Certificate (one of which should be a C3 / O6 in ordinary level English ) /LCVP or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied. Mature applicants (21+) who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. All applicants are required to bring two references to interview. Some experience in the social care sector would be an advantage. Students must apply for Garda Clearance at registration in September.
This is an advanced course open to students who hold a FETAC Level 5 Award in Applied Social Studies or its equivalent with a merit profile (5 merits). Applicants must have 2 written references.
Year 1 : Social Studies, Intercultural Studies, Applied Psychology, Human Growth & Development, Young People & Society, Care Support, Communications, Work Experience.
Year 2 : Rehabilitation Practice, Disability Awareness, Person-Centered-Planning, Work Experience, Personal and Professional Development, Mental Health Awareness, Health Promotion and Team Leadership
Graduates from this course may gain entry to Degree Programmes in a number of Institutes of Technology with related courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme
Year 1: €570*
Year 2: €500*
* includes €200 Govt. charge