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Applications now being accepted for January 2014 modules:


The social care profession is dedicated to protecting and assisting the most vulnerable in our society. Social care professionals are on the front line in attempting to address pertinent social issues like child abuse and protection, domestic violence, promoting equality of opportunity for those with special needs as well as the rights and social inclusion of the marginalised in our society. Such a profession requires highly competent, confident and qualified persons with specialised training and knowledge of national and international best practice. The future of social care focuses on promoting high standards of: professional conduct, education, training and competence as outlined by CORU 2013. In line with this educational bodies will deliver qualifications that prepare professionals to provide safe and appropriate care, ensuring that registered professionals keep their professional knowledge and skills up to date through the pedagogies of Continued Professional Education (CPE). This programme is designed to support professionals in extending their knowledge and skills to a higher level, including unique and emerging techniques linked to evidence based practice. It will encourage social care professionals to keep themselves well-informed on current policy, strategy and quality considerations that impact on their work. This innovative postgraduate social care programme has been designed after extensive consultation to identify the current needs of the sector. Furthermore, each future module will be created following annual consultation with social care professionals.

 The programme is intended for social care professionals and practitioners.

The MA/PgD in Advanced Social Care Practice:

  • focuses on educational and training needs of social care professionals employed within the care sector, past and current social care graduates, as well as employers (CEOs, managing directors, managers, deputy managers, team coordinators/leaders, training officers)
  • offers flexibility of provision: evening course, day release or weekend hours
  • provides flexible modes of delivery (lectures, tutorials, discussions, blended learning, group work, case studies, problem solving)
  • incorporates modular delivery, on-campus as well as at a variety of locations off-campus to facilitate organisations/agencies
  • includes work-based assessments
  • features on-going review and consultation with social care practitioners/professionals to ensure currency and adaptability to address the ever-changing nature of the social care environment
  • maintains high standards of education and training for social care professionals in line with current national and international legislation and protocols
  • supports the learning, enhancement of skills and professional development of social care professionals and those working in related disciplines


Any learner who enrols will have three potential avenues open to them as follows:

  • Completion of 1 module (10 ECTS credits) leading to a minor award at postgraduate level.

New modules will be introduced in response to developments in the area of social care. This innovative process is designed to respond to the sector’s education needs in a flexible, timely and appropriate manner. It is demand driven and content will evolve along with the sector and the changing environment.

The Postgraduate Steps modules are listed below. Please click on a module link to find out more.

Two modules from the list will be offered per semester. The choice of module will depend on the number of applications received for each module. The classes will be delivered on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm. There will also be a minimum of one Saturday included per module.

The modules commencing in January 2014 are:


Who is eligible?

The Institute’s MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice is a programme designed specifically for social care professionals/practitioners, who wish to pursue qualifications at postgraduate diploma and masters level (Level 9). Applicants for a place on our MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice will be required to meet two main entry criteria:

  • Hold a BA( Honours) Degree - Level 8 in Applied Social Studies/Social Care


  • Be currently employed in the social care sector


*Please note: in line with the NFQ Awards Standards, applicants who are currently working or who have worked in social care, but who do not hold the aforementioned Level 8 qualification will not qualify for entry to this particular programme. In addition, applicants with primary degrees in areas outside of social care such as: nursing, business, accounting, finance, science, engineering and trades will not qualify for entry.




Postgraduate Steps application form

New applicants must complete the full application form. Current students on the programme must subsequently complete the Postgraduate Steps - module selection form - MA in Advanced Social Care Practice when choosing their next module. 


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Postgraduate Steps is supported by Work-Based Learning at AIT and by the Education in Employment initiative.

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