Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Professional Social Care Practice CW758
- NFQ Level 8
- 4 Years
- Further Studies
- Career Prospects
- Entry Requirements
What is the Course about?
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. This course provides graduates with the skills and expertise to work in the social care professional and work across this diverse sector, 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.
A variety of teaching, learning and assessment methodologies are used such as discussions, group projects, placements, facilitations, poster displays, problem-based learning and case studies.
Is this course for you?
If you are interested in advocacy, human rights, social justice and want to understand more about the factors influencing human behaviour and therapeutic interventions with at risk groups and communities, then Professional Social Care Practice might be the course for you!
- 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.
- Students take part in an annual Social Care Careers Seminar hosted by IT Carlow and sector talks relating to social care practice.
- 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 the TUSLA Child and Family Agency.
- Exit award – Higher Certificate in Arts in Applied Social Studies (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.
What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates can complete postgraduate studies to masters or doctoral level within the social care or associated social science field.
Graduates are also eligible to apply to progress onto the Masters in Child, Youth and Family Studies or a research masters through socialCORE at Institute of Technology Carlow.
What exemptions will I receive?-
What will I be able to do when I finish the course?
The course provides graduates with the skills and expertise to work in the social care profession and work across this diverse sector, in fields such as:
- Residential care
- Community-based services.
What are the minimum entry requirements?
- 2H5 & 4O6/H7
- English or Irish O6/H7
- Garda vetting required
Health and Safety in Social Care Practice
Professional Social Care Theory and Practice
Introduction to Psychology
Communications, Research and Study Skills
Introduction to Sociology for Social Care Practice
Professional Social Care Practice Contexts Models and Legal System
Legal Studies 1
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Persons.
Cognitive and Social Psychology
Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Social Care Policy and Practice
Supervised Professional Practice 1
Disability and Positive Ageing
Community-based Social Care Services
Legal Studies 2
Management for Social Care
Social Research Studies
Supervised Professional Practice 2
Creative Skills 2
Alternative to Home Care
Children and Families
Research Methods and Dissertation in Social Care Practice
Ethics and Human Rights
Contemporary Approaches to Leadership and Change Management
Psychology and Positive Change
Advanced Social Care Practice 1
Global Issues for Social Care Practice
For Further Information ContactProgramme Director
Dr Sheila Long
BA, MA, DChild