Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care

Bachelor of Arts Applied Social Studies in Social Care

Course Overview

  • 3

    Years

  • 7

    Level

  • 270

    Points

  • AL765

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Social Care is a profession committed to the planning and delivery of quality care and other support services for individuals and groups with identified needs. As well as protecting and advocating for such individuals and groups, Social Care Workers professionally guide, challenge and support those entrusted to their care toward achieving their full potential. Service user groups are varied and include children and adolescents in residential care, young people in detention schools, people with intellectual or physical disabilities, people who are homeless, people with alcohol/drug dependency, families in the community, or older people.

If you would like to work in a profession where you provide care, protection, support, welfare and advocacy for vulnerable or dependent clients, individually or in groups, Social Care may be of interest to you.

This programme is also available on a part time basis.

What will I experience?

Work placement (minimum total period of 27 weeks) form an essential part of the course and are undertaken in first year (9 weeks), second year (9 weeks) and third year (9 weeks).

What opportunities might it lead to?

When you graduate from this programme you are eligible to apply to join the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 8) programme at the Institute, or related Level 8 programmes at other third-level institutions.

This programme is a professional qualification in Social Care which will lead you to find employment with different service users in a variety of care settings. It is the recognised entry point for professional Social Care work.

Additional Information

This programme is also available on a part-time basis.

All students on this programme will undertake National Vetting Bureau procedures prior to commencing their work placement. Failure to disclose previous convictions will result in students being dismissed from the programme. Previous convictions, depending on their nature, could result in student dismissal from the programme.

Course Details

Course Duration:
3 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL765
Cut Off CAO Points:
270
Median CAO Points:
315
Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Department:
Dept of Social Sciences & Design
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade 06 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Maths and a language (English or Irish). Note: An FL2 in Foundation Level Mathematics will be accepted as meeting the minimum Mathematics requirements for entry to this course. Mature applicants are not required to meet minimum entry requirements. However, an inter-view may form part of the selection process.

QQI (FETAC):

Up to 20 places reserved for QQI students Any QQI Level 5 qualification is acceptable. Applicants, however, must hold one of the following awards: Social Studies (5N1370) or Care Provision and Practice (5N2705) or Intellectual Disability Studies (5N1652) or Care of the Older Person (5N2706) or Understanding Mental Health (5N3772) or Special Needs Assisting (5N1786).

Course Structure

Year 1

Learning and Development for Higher Education, Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.1, Introduction to Sociology, An Introduction to Law, Applied Social Care Placement 1, Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.2, Developmental Psychology, Interactional Approaches to Social Care 1.2.

Sem 1 Electives: French 1.1, German 1.1, Spanish 1.1, An Introduction to Politics,

Sem 2 Electives: French 1.2, German 1.2, Spanish 1.2, Modern Irish Politics

Year 2

Contemporary Social Care Practice 2.1, Communications and Personal Development, Atypical Child and Adolescent Development, Fundamentals of Social Policy, Family and Human Rights Law, Contemporary Social Care Practice 2.2, Introduction to Health Promotion, Disability: Models and Practice, Applied Social Care Placement 2, Interactional Approaches to Social Care Art, Drama or Recreation 2.2

Sem 1 Electives: French 2.1, German 2.1, Spanish 2.1, Civil Society and Public Policy.

Sem 2 Electives: French 2.2, German 2.2, Spanish 2.2, Political Economy of Welfare

Year 3

Group Dynamics, Interactional Approaches Art, Drama or Recreation 3.1, Applied Social Care Placement 3, Contemporary Social Care Practice 3, Child Law and Professional Liability, Counselling Skills, Sociology for Practice, Disability: Promoting Inclusion.

Electives: Management Theory & Practice, Mental Health, French, German, Spanish.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

This programme is a professional qualification in Social Care which will lead you to find employment with different client groups in a variety of care settings.

Work Placement

Work placements (minimum 800 hours) form an essential part of the course and are undertaken over the 3 years of this programme.

Further Study

When you graduate from this programme you are eligible to apply to join the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 8) programme

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care NFQ Level 8

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Add On Level 8)

Bachelor of Arts

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