Bachelor of Arts Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care CW717

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW717
  • 45
  • 260
  • 3 Years
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What is the Course about?

The professional social care sector is a hugely important service working to provide support, advocacy and guidance for the most vulnerable in society. Typically, a social care worker is employed in areas such as working with people with disabilities, young people at risk, children who have been neglected or abused and elderly people.


This three-year programme provides graduates with the skills and expertise to work effectively within the interdisciplinary environment of the social care service provision. The programme was designed with the cooperation of the HSE and voluntary agencies and includes a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methodologies such as discussions, group projects, placements, facilitations, poster displays, problem-based learning and case studies.

Students go on two Supervised Professional Practice Placements in a variety of social care settings in Year 2 and Year 3 where they apply theory to practice and gain skills to prepare them for the workplace. A dedicated Professional Practice Coordinator guides and supports students through this process.
 

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.
  • Supervised professional practice placements (taking place in year 2 and year 3) are an essential part of this programme.
  • 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 - 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 Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care (CW758).

Supervised Professional Practice Placement
Students undertake two supervised professional practice placements - one in Year 2 and one in Year 3. A supervised professional practice placement is where a student applies their academic knowledge to practice, learns key skills and achieves the required competencies. Learning in the contextual setting of a practice enables students to confront many of the challenges and issues related to working in a caring environment. Placement opportunities are available across community, state-run, private and voluntary settings with  local, national and even international organisations available. A dedicated supervised professional practice coordinator guides and supports students through this process.

What exemptions will I receive?

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Notes

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

Graduates will be able to take up front-line positions in a diverse range of social care services and roles including,  project coordination, supervision and management. Typical positions will be secured in 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:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Fionnuala Hunter, BSocSc, MSW, NQSW
E: fionnuala.hunter@itcarlow.ie