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 that provides care, protection, support, welfare and advocacy for vulnerable or dependent individuals or groups, social care will be of interest to you.

Social care workers are 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 individuals and groups, social care workers guide, challenge and support those entrusted to their care toward achieving their full potential.

What will I experience?

This programme offers a wide variety of learning opportunities. We aim to deliver best practice in our teaching to support students to become competent and confident social care workers. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence to support society’s most vulnerable children or adults. We deliver best practice in our teaching to support students to become competent and confident social care workers. Two practice placements (800 hours) are a central feature of the student’s experience during the three year programme.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This programme leads to a qualification which allows graduates to work as a social care worker. It will equip students to find employment in a variety of social care areas such as residential care, disability services, mental health services, family support services and homelessness services.

Additional Information

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

Course Structure

Year 1

Developing Academic Practice and Autonomy, Group Dynamics and Collaborative Practice, Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.1, Introduction to Sociology, An Introduction to Law, Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.2, Developmental Psychology, Disability: Models and Practice, Interactional Approaches to Social Care 1.2, Family and Human Rights Law.

Year 2

Contemporary Social Care Practice 2, Atypical Child and Adolescent Development, Child Law, Mental Health, Management Theory and Practice, Interactional Approaches Art, Drama or Recreation 2.1, Counselling Skills, Disability: Promoting Inclusion, Professional Liability, Placement Preparation and Social Care Placement 1.

Year 3

Contemporary Social Care Practice 3, Introduction to Research Methods for Social Care, Interactional Approaches to Social Care Art, Drama or Recreation 3.1, Sociology and Social Policy Perspectives, Placement Preparation 2, Applied Social Care Placement 2.

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

Students will be required to complete two periods of practice placements (800 hours) during the programme. Students will be guided in their practice placement choice. Allocation to practice placements is based on the need to integrate theory and practice, as well as facilitate the student’s progressive learning towards independence in practice.

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.

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