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

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  • CW068
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  • 4 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 works 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 four-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 undertake a 12-week work 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into direct contact with children and/or vulnerable adults, offers for the programme are conditional and may be withdrawn if applicants do not successfully complete the Garda vetting process.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.
  • Practice placements (300 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 – Bachelor of Arts Applied Social Studies – Professional Social Care after Year 3 and Higher Certificate in Applied Social Studies – Professional Social Care 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 and may progress onto the Masters in Child, Youth & Family Studies at IT Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?

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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 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:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7

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