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.
- 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 – Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3 and Higher Certificate in Arts in Applied Social Studies (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.
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 or progress into probation and social work.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?
Our strong links to industry allow us to facilitate 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 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 are also eligible to apply to progress onto the Masters of Child, Youth and Family Studies or a Research masters through socialCORE at Institute of Technology Carlow.
What are the minimum entry requirements?
- 2H5 & 4O6/H7
- English or Irish O6/H7
Health, Wellbeing and Safety in Social Care Practice
Professional Development for Social Care Practice
Introduction to Psychology
Communications, Research & Study Skills
Introduction to Sociology and Social Policy for Social Care Practice
Introduction to Principles and Practices of Social Care Work
Legal Studies 1
Protection of Children & Vulnerable Persons
Cognitive & Social Psychology
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 & Families
Social Research Dissertation
Ethics & Human Rights
Leadership & Change Management
Psychology - Adjustment and Positive Change
Advanced Social Care Practice
Global Perspectives for Social Care Practice
For Further Information ContactProgramme Director
Dr Sheila Long
BA, MA, DChild