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Applied Social Studies




The learning in this course helps you create change for and with others, while developing your own personal and professional skills. On this course, students learn how to help others while learning about themselves. This course helps you help others to plan for a positive and more independent future.


Social Care graduates can practice as social care workers in a variety of work places, including residential and day services for children; agencies which work with people who are marginalised and disadvantaged; and residential and day services for those with a disability. Social care workers often progress with experience towards specialist and management roles. Many graduates also choose to complete further study in areas such as social work and child and family studies.


Open-minded, pragmatic people who are interested in enabling change through support, advocacy and guidance. Our students are both school leavers and mature students returning to or continuing with education.



For the duration of their course , students will study a wide and interesting variety of subjects across social care practice, psychology, sociology, and creative studies along with other subjects related to social care such as law, group working, health studies and intercultural studies. While on campus students can avail of our specially adapted social care training rooms where role-plays and interactive learning take place.All students complete work placements in a social care setting enabling them to apply their academic knowledge to a working environment while developing their skills as a competent and innovative social care practitioner. Students are supervised by both an agency and a college supervisor to help them meet their learning goals. Many of our team of lecturers have years of frontline experience in social care practice and related areas.


Social care involves working with marginalised or disadvantaged people in a caring, compassionate and non-judgemental way. Graduates may work with children and adolescents in residential child care, people with intellectual disabilities, people accessing homeless services, people with alcohol or drug dependency, families in the community, the aged, asylum seekers or refuges and other marginalised groups.

What is the difference between a Social Care Practitioner and a Social Worker?

Social care practitioners will typically work in a direct person-to-person capacity with the users of services. They will seek to provide a caring, stable environment in which various social, educational and relationship interventions can take place in the day-to-day living space of the service user. The social worker’s role is typically to manage the ‘case’, for example by arranging residential child care  placement and co-ordinating case review meetings.


Garda Vetting Requirements

As part of the course content, each student is required to successfully complete work placements in Year 2 and Year 3 of the Social Care course. In order to commence work placement, each student must undergo the Garda Vetting process. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, the Institute is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake specific parts of the programmes. Without satisfactory Garda clearance, students will be unable to complete the work placement and thus will not be able to complete the programme or receive an award. All places on the social care course are provisional and subject to the student obtaining satisfactory Garda vetting from the Central Garda Vetting Unit.  The current legal minimum age for application for sole application for Garda vetting is 18 years of age.  In the event of an applicant being between 16 and 18 years of age, written consent is also required from a parent or guardian.

In addition to Garda vetting a medical assessment and provision of personal references may be required in regard to suitability for placement


View our full range of full time and part time Applied Social Studies courses...

Full time Applied Social Studies course list

Part time Applied Social Studies course list

What our students say...

"I chose this course because I love working with people and helping in anyway I can. The 13 week placements really give you a taster of what it's like. I knew from the placements that Social Care was my area and what I really want to do when I qualify. While on placement this year I was nominated for an award from the college for an intervention I did on placement with people with dementia. From there I came third and went on to compete in Irelands Best Entrepreneur, where I won my category in Cavan and went onto the National Level but narrowly missed out on the prize.”
Kellie Cunniffe
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies

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