Bachelor of Arts Applied Social Studies in Social Care

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

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

This one-year, add-on Level 8 course encourages and promotes the professional and personal development of students. In particular, many of the applicants undertake this programme because they are keen to progress to further study at Masters level (Level 9). This programme is the ideal bridge. This degree will equip you with advanced levels of knowledge and skills appropriate to employment in the sector. It will enhance your ability to conceptualise and draw conclusions based on a rigorous, analytical assessment of situations, and communicate effectively as part of a team. You will be able to discriminate between alternative management strategies and practices in social care work.

What will I experience?

You will also obtain a deeper understanding of your own goals and priorities, and a fuller awareness of your strengths, limitations and potential, through self-assessment, analysis and critical reflection. You will learn the ability to assume key roles in the management, administration, development and delivery of quality care services across a wide range of disciplines. Communities too will benefit, culturally, socially and economically, through the involvement of graduates in community-based project work.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course 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, including residential child care, disability sector, youth community and family support services, people who are homeless, members of the travelling community, people who are drug or alcohol dependent, and older people. It is also a recognised stepping stone and qualification to undertake further study to pursue a career as a social worker.

Additional Information

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

All students on this programme will undertake Garda vetting 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:
1 Year
Registration Closing Date:

Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Social Science
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7) or an equivalent Level 7 Social Care qualification.

Course Structure

Year 4

Research Project, Contemporary Social Care Practice, Contemporary Social Policy, Applied Psychology in Social Care, Social Care Management.

Electives: Choose one from Interactional Approaches - Art, Drama or Recreation and one from the remaining electives for semester 1.

Choose one elective for semester 2. Interactional Approaches to Social Care (Art, Drama or Recreation), Community Development Practice, Psychotherapy, Sociology of Mental Health and Illness, Professional Practice with Older People, Youth Substance Use and Misuse.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

The course provides further education and training to work in a wide range of areas within Social Care, thereby enhancing career prospects and professional status.

Work Placement

​There is currently no work experience or work placement for this course.

Further Study

You may decide to pursue postgraduate training and research leading to Master’s and PhD (Level 9/10) qualifications. Our staff in the department or in the Careers Office can advise on the range of opportunities available in TUS, in Ireland and abroad for such postgraduate programmes. Full details of all postgraduate programmes at TUS are contained in the postgraduate prospectus.

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