QQI Level 5 Applied Social Studies – Code 5M2181
1 Year Full time


This course introduces the student to the area of social care in a variety of settings.  It develops the core skills and knowledge to practice 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.

Entry Requirements          

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent is advised
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Young People and Society
  • Working with Groups

Core Modules

  • Human Growth & Development
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Social Studies
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Psychology
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

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
  • IADT – BA Hons. in Social Care Practice (TA025)
  • IT Carlow – BA in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) (CW717)