Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Care Practice

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice

Course Overview

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    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

The programme prepares you to become a professional social care worker. The role involves planning and providing care to vulnerable individuals and groups of all ages, who experience marginalisation, disadvantage or who have additional needs. Social care workers work with a range of service user groups including children and adolescents in care, young people considered at risk, people with disabilities, people who are homeless, people dependent on alcohol/drugs and families in the community.

What will I experience?

On completion of this programme, you will feel confident with the knowledge and skills to provide support, empower and advocate for others, as well as demonstrate both leadership and management capabilities. Two practice placements, amounting to a total of 800 hours, form an essential part of this four-year programme.

Practice placements are undertaken in years 2 and 3. In these, you will use the knowledge, skills and approaches which are relevant to the role of a social care worker.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Social care graduates find employment with a diverse range of employers including the HSE, Tusla (Child & Family Agency), private healthcare providers and voluntary organisations. Graduates find employment with agencies, which provide care for children and young people facing social issues and challenges. Others find roles with agencies, which provide care for individuals experiencing social inequality, unemployment or with people facing family breakdown. Graduates may choose to work with agencies, which provide care for people with intellectual disabilities.

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
CAO Course Code:
Cut Off CAO Points:
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 O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate. 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 programme.

Mature applicants are not required to meet minimum entry requirement. 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

Professional Social Care Practice 1.1, Developing Academic Practice and Autonomy, Group Dynamics and Collaborative Practice, Introduction to Psychology, Fundamentals of Irish Law, Professional Social Care Practice 1.2, Principles of Sociology, Creative Approaches to Social Care 1.2, Applied Child Development Psychology.

Year 2

Professional Social Care Practice 2.1, Social Policy Perspectives, Creative Approaches to Social Care Art, Drama or Recreation 2.1, Disability: Concepts and Practice, Placement Preparation and Social Care Placement 1, Psychology of Mental Health and Mental Illness, Professional Social Care Practice 2.2, Applied Sociology, Introduction to Management, Placement Preparation 2.

Year 3

Social Care Practice Placement 2, Introduction to Research Methods for Social Care, Creative Approaches to Social Care Art, Drama or Recreation 3.2, Professional Social Care Practice 3.

Social Psychology, Children’s Rights and Family Law, Conflict Resolution.

Year 4

Professional Social Care Practice 4.1, Sociology and Social Policy, Applied Research Project, Rights Based Law, Professional Social Care Practice 4.2, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Social Care Practice Law, Disability: Promoting Citizen.

Introduction to Addiction Studies, Managing Social Care Environments, Introduction to International Development and Global Justice, Professional Practice with Older People.

Careers & Opportunities

Work Placement

Completion of two practice placements (800 hours) is a mandatory part of the programme. The relationship between academic learning, the use of self and practical application is central to 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 students progressive learning towards independence in practice.

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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