If you would like to work in a profession that provides care, protection, support, welfare and advocacy for vulnerable or dependent individuals or groups, social care will be of interest to you. Social care workers are committed to the planning and delivery of quality care and other support services in partnership with individuals and groups with identified needs. As well as protecting and advocating for individuals and groups, social care workers guide, challenge and support those entrusted to their care toward achieving their full potential.
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This programme offers a wide variety of learning opportunities. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to support society’s most vulnerable children and/or adults. We aim to deliver best practice in our teaching to support students to become competent and confident social care workers. Two practice placements (800 hours) are a central feature of the student’s experience during the three year programme.
Developing Academic Practice and Autonomy, Group Dynamics and Collaborative Practice, Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.1, Introduction to Sociology, An Introduction to Law, Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.2, Developmental Psychology, Disability: Models and Practice, Interactional Approaches to Social Care 1.2, Family and Human Rights Law.
Contemporary Social Care Practice 2, Atypical Child and Adolescent Development, Child Law, Mental Health, Management Theory and Practice, Interactional Approaches Art, Drama or Recreation 2.1, Counselling Skills, Disability: Promoting Inclusion, Professional Liability, Placement Preparation and Social Care Placement 1.
Contemporary Social Care Practice 3, Introduction to Research Methods for Social Care, Interactional Approaches to Social Care Art, Drama or Recreation 3.1, Sociology and Social Policy Perspectives, Placement Preparation 2, Applied Social Care Placement 2.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Grade 06 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Maths and a language (English or Irish). Note: An FL2 in Foundation Level Mathematics will be accepted as meeting the minimum Mathematics requirements for entry to this course.
Mature applicants are not required to meet minimum entry requirements. However, an interview may form part of the selection process.
Induction – Saturday 11th September 2023
Classes – Week commencing Monday 13th September 2023
Classroom – Monday 2pm-10pm, selected Sats (9am-5pm), 4.5 Years
Level 7 NFQ , 180 Credits
This programme leads to a qualification which allows graduates to work as a social care worker. It will equip students to find employment in a variety of areas such as residential care, disability services, mental health services, family support services and homelessness services.
Graduates from this programme are eligible to apply to progress to TUS Midland’s one-year add-on in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (level 8) programme, or a related level 8 programme at another third-level institution. Having acquired a level 8 degree, many of our graduates choose to pursue further study at Master’s level in TUS by enrolling on the one-year full-time MA in Child & Youth Studies.