Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care Practice CW068

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW068
  • 30
  • 245
  • 4 Years
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What is the Course about?

This course prepares graduates to work in social care providing support and assistance to vulnerable people in the community and in residential services. For example, social care workers gain employment working with groups such as children and young people at risk and/or who have been neglected and abused, people with disabilities and older people.

Course Structure

The course engages a range of teaching strategies include a 12-week placement in a social care agency in both 2nd and 3rd year (400 hours each year). As these placements involve working with vulnerable people, offers for the course may be withdrawn if applicants do not successfully complete the Garda vetting process.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in working with people, civil and social rights, addressing inequalities, and enjoy seeing others reach their full potential, then social care may be the profession for you.

Special Features:

  • 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.
  • Practice placements (400 hours per placement) in Years 2 and 3 allow for the development of skills associated with professional client relationships.
  • Research projects are used to develop student’s knowledge of the cross-functional nature of social care services.
  • 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 Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care (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 and may progress onto the mMasters in Child, Youth and Family Studies at Institute of Technology Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?




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

Graduates are able to take up front-line positions in a diverse range of social care services and will act as a base for project coordination, supervision and management. These include: residential services (adolescent, vulnerable older people); community development; family support; community child-care and community disability services.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Garda vetting required

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Susan Barnes
BA (Hons), MA