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


Our Psychology & Social Science programme develops the core skills and knowledge to practice safely in caring for people with a range of social care needs. This programme introduces you to the area of social care in a variety of settings, with an emphasis on empathy and understanding when working with people in a variety of care environments.

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the concepts within psychology and the core skills and knowledge necessary to practice safely in caring for people with a range of social care needs. Learn how to work with people in a variety of care environments and develop empathy and understanding in social care.

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

Core Modules

  • Human Growth & Development
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Social Studies
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Psychology
  • Young People and Society
  • Research & Study Skills
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.


Upon completion of the programme, 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
  • TU Dublin TU997 Applied Social Care
  • 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)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Psychology & Social Studies programme can pursue various entry-level jobs in the social care and psychology fields. These positions provide an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and make a meaningful impact on people’s lives. The knowledge and skills you acquire in our programme can help you make a real difference in people’s lives and open up a range of career opportunities.

Join our Psychology & Social Studies programme and make a difference in people’s lives.