Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care

Bachelor of Arts Applied Social Studies in Social Care

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

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

The profession is committed to the planning and delivery of quality care and other support services for individual groups with identified needs. As well as protecting and advocating for such individuals and groups, Social Care workers guide, challenge and support those entrusted to their care toward achieving their full potential.

What will I experience?

Students will experience a variety of modules and lectures to help them acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence to support society’s more vulnerable or dependent children or adults. A work placement (minimum of 800 hours) is a central figure of the student’s experience during the three years (9 weeks per year).

What opportunities might it lead to?

This programme leads to a qualification which allows graduates to work as a professional Social Care Worker. It will equip students to find employment with different service users in a variety of care settings such as: residential child care; disability sector; youth and community, family support services; people who are homeless; Travellers; people who are drug and alcohol dependent, and older people.

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
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Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Social Science
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.


Up to 20 places reserved for QQI students. Any QQI Level 5 qualification is acceptable. Applicants, however, must hold one of the following modules: 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).

Lecturer Testimonial

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Oliver Hegarty

This programme provides students with the professional knowledge, real-life work experience, self-awareness and interpersonal skills appropriate for a career in a variety of Social Care settings

Lecturer Testimonial

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Pauline Clarke Orohoe

Pauline is the Placement Coordinator for students on the Applied Social Studies course through the Department of Lifelong Learning.

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

Graduates from this programme are eligible to apply to progress to AIT’s one-year add-on BA (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 8) programme, or a related Level 8 programme at another third-level institution. Having acquired a Level 8 degree, many of our graduates choose to pursue further study at Masters level in AIT be enrolling on the one-year full-time MA in Child & Youth Studies.

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

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

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