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Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent.  For mature students, work experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview.

1 Year Full time

QQI Level 5 Applied Social Studies - Code 5M2181

About the course


This course introduces the student to the area of social care in a variety of settings. It develops the core skills and knowledge to practise safely in caring for people with a range of social care needs. Integral to this course is the development of empathy and understanding when working with people in a variety of care environments.

Modules include

• Social Studies
• Psychology
• Intercultural Studies
• Safety and Health at Work
• Word Processing
• Human Growth and Development
• Work Experience
• Communications

Work Experience

There is a minimum of two weeks work experience placement included in this course. This work experience may be in a community service setting such as family resource centres, information centres and drop-in services.


On completing this course successful applicants can make an informed choice about working or studying further in the vocational areas of applied psychology and social studies.

Graduates who achieve the required standard may also progress to further studies to Institutes of Technology and Universities.  Examples of progression courses include:

  • NUIM, MH107 Social Science
  • IT Tallaght, TA025 Social Care Practice
  • DCU, DC209 Health & Society
  • NCI, NC010 Psychology

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands

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