Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Care Practice

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice

Course Overview

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  • 8


  • 300


  • AL860

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

When you study for the BA (Honours) in Social Care Practice, you will receive the education and training to equip you to work as a Social Care Worker. Social Care Workers plan and provide professional care to vulnerable individuals and groups of all ages who experience marginalisation, disadvantage or special needs (Social Care Ireland 2016). Social Care Workers work with 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.

What will I experience?

On completion of this programme, you will demonstrate both leadership and management capabilities to support and enable those entrusted to your care. Work placements, amounting to a total of 800 hours, form an essential part of this four-year programme. Placements are undertaken in years 2, 3 and 4. You will learn the attitudes, knowledge, skills and proficiencies that are unique to the role of a Social Care Worker.

What opportunities might it lead to?

As a graduate of this honours degree you may decide to pursue postgraduate study leading to Master’s (Level 9) and PhD (Level 10) qualification. Full details of all postgraduate programmes at AIT are contained in the postgraduate prospectus.

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:
4 Year
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Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Social Science
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects, plus Grade 06 at ordinary level in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics 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 interview may form part of the selection process.


Up to 15 places reserved for QQI students QQI applicants to this programme must hold one of the following awards: Early Childhood Care (5M2009), Nursing Studies (5M4349), Community Care (5M2786), Community Health Services (5M4468), Applied Social Studies (5M2181). They are also required to have a pass in Social Studies (5N1370), and hold distinctions in 3 modules.

Course Structure

Year 1

Introduction to Psychology, Professional Social Care Practice 1.1, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Health Promotion in Social Care, Professional Social Care Practice 1.2, Principles of Sociology, Creative 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

Professional Social Care Practice 2.1, Child and Adolescent Development Psychology, Communications and Personal Development, Creative Approaches to Social Care Art, Drama or Recreation 2.1, Professional Social Care Practice 2.2, Applied Sociology, Fundamentals of Irish Law, Disability: Concepts and Practice, Social Care Practice Placement 1.

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

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

Year 3

Group Dynamics, Creative Approaches to Social Care Art, Drama or Recreation 3.1, Professional Social Care Practice 3, Psychology of Mental Health and Mental Illness, Social Care Practice Placement 2, Social Policy Perspectives, Introduction to Management, Rights Based Law.

Electives: Social Psychology, Children’s Rights and Family Law, Conflict Resolution, French, German, Spanish.

Year 4

Professional Social Care Practice 4.1, Research Project, Sociology and Social Policy, Disability: Promoting Citizenship, Professional Social Care Practice 4.2, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Social Care Practice Law, Social Care Practice Placement 3.

Electives: Introduction to Addiction Studies, Managing Social Care Environments, International Development, Professional Practice for Older People 4.2, French, Spanish.

Careers & Opportunities

Further Study

As a graduate of this honours degree you may decide to pursue postgraduate training and research leading to Master’s and PhD (Level 9/10) qualifications. Full details of all

postgraduate programmes at AIT are contained in the postgraduate prospectus.

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