Bachelor of Arts Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care CW017

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  • CW017
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  • 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, in settings as diverse as residential care, day care and community-based services.

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. A key part of this programme is a mandatory professional twelve-week placement in Years 2 and 3. 

As the programme includes work placement that will bring students into direct contact with children and/or vulnerable adults, offers for the programme are conditional and may be withdrawn if applicants do not successfully complete the Garda vetting process.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.
  • Students go on two supervised professional practice placements in a wide variety of social care settings in Year 2 and 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.
  • Exit award –Higher Certificate in Applied Social Studies – Professional Social Care 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 (CW068)

What exemptions will I receive?

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Notes

Graduate Testimonial

Claire Redmond, BA in Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care

“For me, being a mature student has always been a juggling act; however, attending Wexford Campus has enabled me to balance my studies with my responsibilities at home. The size of the campus made returning to education less daunting and during my time here I have gotten to know not only my entire class but students from other faculties too. There is a camaraderie among the staff, students and lecturers here that I doubt could be replicated in any other institution.”

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 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:

  • 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
Sheelagh Collier
BA, MSc, MA
E: sheelagh.collier@itcarlow.ie