Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care NFQ Level 7

Bachelor of Arts Applied Social Studies in Social Care NFQ Level 7

Course Overview

  • 4.5

    Years P/T

  • 7


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 in partnership with 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. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to support children and/or adults in a variety of settings. We aim to deliver best practice in our teaching to support students to become competent and confident social care workers. Our two practice placements (800 hours in total) are a central feature of the student’s experience during the 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 areas such as residential care, disability services, mental health services, family support services and homelessness services.

Additional Information

Award:Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care

Course Details

Course Fees:
Year 1 €2350 Year 2 €850 Year 3 €2350 Year 4 €2350 + €1175 = €3525
Course Duration:
4.5 Years P/T
Registration Closing Date:

The closing date for applications for this programme is 24th August 2018

Course Commencement Date:

Year 1 – 2.00pm Tuesday September 2018

Year 2 – 2.00 pm September

Year 3 - 2.00 pm Wednesday, September

Year 4 - 2.00pm Thursday September

4.5 years: 24 weeks per annum Year 1 – Tuesday 2.00pm to 10.00pm Year 2 Placement preparation workshops. (Classes may also take place on the occasional Saturdays) Year 4 - Duration: 18 months Thursday 2.00pm to 10.00pm (classes may also take place on occasional Saturdays)

Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Lifelong Learning
Minimum Entry Requirements:
Mature Applicant Garda vetting requirements

Please note that this programme requires students to undergo the Garda Vetting Procedures prior to commencing their work
placement. This will be fully explained to you on commencement of the programme. 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.

Lecturer Testimonial

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Finola Colgan Carey

Finola Colgan Carey has been lecturing in AIT for ten years and holds the following qualifications, B.A. LL.B. LL.M (Health Law), Higher Diploma in Education, Diploma in Project Management and Certificate in Train the Trainer.

Lecturer Testimonial

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Fiona Walshe

Fiona Walshe is a lecturer in the Humanities department and lectures in the area of Applied Social Studies, Disability Studies and Placement Preparation.

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 & Development for HE

Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.1

Introduction to Sociology

An Introduction to Law

Introduction to Politics

Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.2

Developmental Psychology

Interactional App 1.2

Modern Irish Politics

Year 2

Applied Placement

Year 3

Contemporary Social Care Practice 2.1

Communications and Personal Development

Atypical Child and Adolescent Development

Family and Human Rights Law

Civil Society & Public Policy

Disability: Model & Practice

Intro to Health Promotion

Interactional App (Art) 2.2

Interactional App (Drama) 2.2

Interactional App (Rec) 2.2

Political Economy of Welfare

Applied Social Care Placement 2

Fundamentals of Social Policy

Contemporary Practice 2.

Year 4

Group Dynamics

Contemporary Social Care Practice 3

Counselling Skills

Year 5

Sociology and Social Policy Perspectives

Applied Social Care Placement

Careers & Opportunities

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