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 want to become a professional Social Care Worker, this degree is the recognised entry point. When you complete this programme you are equipped to make an effective contribution in many areas of Social Care including community based work, youth work, residential care, project work and the care of people with special needs.

This part-time course provides the knowledge and skills foundation for different areas of professional social care work. Students will develop an understanding of their own behaviour and are expected to become more sensitive and successful in a work situation. On completion of this course you will be capable of coping and interacting effectively with people and situations and qualified to work in a variety of different Social Care settings.

Effective from September 2013 The guidelines on the requirements to become registered as a Social Care Practitioner in the near future with CORU (See, Ireland’s first multi profession health regulator indicate that for registration students will have to complete 800 hours placement to become a registered social care practitioner. And, in order to ensure that our graduates are eligible (based on current information) for registration with CORU on graduation with a level 7 degree, it has been decided to implement these guidelines from 2013. As a result, the BA Level 6 degree will now take 4.5 years to complete. And, the Higher Certificate will now take three years to complete. During year two of the programme, students are required to complete 500 hours of placement in a location other than their primary work place. Students will have no examinations or academic subjects in year

2. Students will be advised of their specific placement requirements during year one. However, students are advised that it will be their responsibility to obtain their own placement.

What will I experience?


Year One

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.1 and 1.2
  • Learning and Development for Higher Education
  • Introduction to Law
  • Interactional Approaches to Social Care 1.2
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Modern Irish Politics

Year Two

  • Applied Social Care Placement I
  • Practice Placement Workshops

Year Three

  • Contemporary Social Care Practice 2.1 and 2.2
  • Communications and Personal Development
  • Atypical Child and Adolescent Development
  • Fundamentals of Social Policy
  • Family and Human Rights Law
  • Introduction to Health Promotion
  • Interactional Approaches to Social Care 2.2
  • Applied Social Care Placement 2
  • Disability: Models and Practices
  • Political Economy of Welfare

Year Four/Five

  • Contemporary Social Care Practice 3
  • Counselling Skills
  • Group Dynamics
  • Applied Social Care Practice
  • Sociology for Practice
  • Disability: Promote Inclusion
  • Child Law and Professional Liability
  • Interactional Approaches 3.1
  • Management Theory and Practice

Additional Information

Please note: Institute induction and commencement of the Learning and Development for Higher Education module is on Saturday 23 September 2017 from 9.30am to 5.00pm. Attendance on that date is compulsory.

Enquiries: Jenny Cooper, Email:

Award: Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies Social 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 25 August 2017.

Late applications will be accepted if places are still available.

Course Commencement Date:

Year 1 – 2.00pm Tuesday 19 September 2017

Year 2 – September 2017

Year 3 - 2.00 pm Wednesday 6 September 2017

Year 4 - 2.00pm Thursday 7 September 2017

4.5 years: 24 weeks per annum Year 1 – Tuesday 2.00pm to 10.00pm Year 2 – Work placement workshops will be held on selected Saturdays. Year 3 - Wednesday 2.00pm to 10.00pm. (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.

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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.

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