High Cert in App Social Studies in Social Care p/t

Higher Certificate in Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care NFQ Level 6

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3 yearsPart Time6Lifelong Learning, AIT
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This three-year, part-time course provides the knowledge and skills foundation for different areas of professional social care work. Students will develop an understanding of their own behaviour and are expected to become more sensitive and successful in a work situation. On completion of this course you will be qualified to work in a variety of different Social Care settings.

This programme is recognised for the purpose of registration of Social Care Practitioners under the Health and Social Care Act 2005

Effective from September 2013.

It has been necessary to increase the number of placement hours that a student must undertake while participating on the Higher Certificate in Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. This is in order to meet prospective changes on the requirements to become registered as a Social Care Practitioner in the near future with CORU (See www.CORU.ie), Ireland’s first multi profession health regulator. Currently, the guidelines indicate that for registration students will have to complete 800 hours placement to become a registered social care practitioner. And, in order to ensure that our graduates are eligible (based oncurrent information) for registration with CORU on graduation with a level 7 degree, it has been decided to implement these guidelines from 2013. As a result,the Higher Certificate will now take three years to complete. During year two of the programme, students are required to complete 520 hours of placement in a location other than their primary work place. As a result students will have no examinations or academic subjects in year 2. Students will be advised of their specific placement requirements during year one. However, students are advised that it will be their responsibility to obtain their own placement.

Closing date for applications for this programme is 15 August 2014. Late applications will be accepted if places are still available.

Learning and Development for Higher Education : Please note: 

Institute induction and commencement of the Learning and Development for Higher Education module is on Saturday 20 September 2014 from 9.30am to 5.00pm.

Attendance on that date is compulsory.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Mature applicants who are 23 years or over.

Please note that this programme requires students to undergo the Garda Vetting Procedures prior to commencing their work placement. This will be fully explained to you on commencement of the programme. Failure to disclose previous convictions will result in students being dismissed from the programme.

Modules

Year 1

Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Applied Social Studies I & II, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Introduction to Law, Interactional Approaches to Social Care, Modern Irish Politics I & II .

Year Two

Practice Placement, Practice Placement Workshops.

Year Three

Emotional and Behavioural Problems in Childhood and Adolescence, Fundamentals of Social Policy, Public Policy Advocacy, Personal Development & Communications, Applied Social Studies I & II , Family and Human Rights, Interactional Approaches to Social Care, Introduction to Health Promotion, Disability: Models and Practices, Politics of Welfare.

 

 

 

Progression

 

 

 

Professional Recognition

Career Opportunities

Additional Information

Closing Date: The closing date for applications for this programme is 15 August 2014. Late applications will be accepted if places are still available.

Learning and Development for Higher Education: Please note: Institute induction and commencement of the Learning and Development for Higher Education module is on Saturday 20 September 2014 from 9.30am to 5.00pm. Attendance on that date is compulsory.

Duration: 3 years: 24 weeks per year

Year 1 – Tuesday 2.00pm to 10.00pm

Year 2 - Work placement (workshops will be held on selected Wednesdays)

Year 3 – Wednesday 2.00pm to 10.00pm. (Classes will also take place on occasional Saturdays)

Commencing: Year 1 – 2.00pm Tuesday 16 September 2014

Enquiries: Caroline Burke,  Email: cburke@ait.ie

Award: Higher Certificate in Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care NFQ Level 6

Course Fee: €2,350 for year one, €850 for year two (placement year),  €2,350 for year three.