Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice CW717

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW717
  • 30
  • 240
  • 3 Years
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What is the Course about?

This course provides graduates with the skills and expertise they need to register in the social care profession across a diverse sector, typically in fields such as residential care, disability and community based services. IT Carlow’s strong links to practice facilitates students in professional practice placements throughout the course, further developing their professional skills and knowledge for future employment in areas of social care, social policy and social justice.

Social care professionals provide vital support, advocacy and care to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in society, including people with disabilities, children and families at risk, asylum seekers, people with addiction, mental health issues and the elderly.

Special Features:

  • A variety of teaching, learning and assessment methodologies are used such as discussions, group projects, placements, problem-based learning and case studies.
  • Students take part in an annual Social Care Careers Seminar hosted by IT Carlow and in sector talks relating to social care practice.
  • Supervised professional practice placements (taking place in Year 2 and Year 3) are an essential part of this course.
  • Students are encouraged to take part in national and international competitions such as the SPARK Social Enterprise Awards and Social Care Ireland Awards for high academic achievement.
  • A wide variety of external speakers from the sector deliver guest lectures on an annual basis.
  • Graduates are employed in a wide range of agencies providing social care services to clients with a variety of social care needs, including the HSE and TUSLA Child and Family Agencies.
  • Exit award - Higher Certificate in Applied Social Studies Ð Professional Social Care (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may be eligible to progress to Year 4 of the BA (Honours) in Professional Social Care Practice (CW758).

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Social Care graduates of the Institute of Technology Carlow are highly sought after in the professional field due to the excellent level of professional knowledge and skills that they acquire during the programme. In addition to academic excellence, that equips graduates for further study in the area; the practical focus throughout the course facilitates students to develop required proficiencies in line with professional standards of practice. Students benefit from 800 hours of supervised professional practice placement over the three-year course during which time they engage in personal and professional development through reflective, experiential and problem based learning. Embedded into the programme are the Institutes graduate attributes that empower our social care graduates to become reflective, integrous, creative and confident social care workers. Our close partnerships with social care settings and employers ensure that we can identify skills, knowledge, competencies and values that are both current and relevant to the evolving social care sector in Ireland and capture them in the responsive programme content. The programme provides graduates with the skills and expertise to work in the social care profession across diverse sectors, typically in fields such as residential childcare, disability and community based services. Graduates may also be eligible to progress to Year 4 of the BA (Honours) in Professional Social Care Practice (CW 758).

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Eileen Farrell
Dip App Soc Studies/Care, BSocSc, MSocSc, NQSW, PGDip T&L

Programme Director
Vicki Anderson
BA (Hons), MA