What will I learn?

What is the Course about?

This course prepares graduates to work in social care providing support and assistance to vulnerable people in the community and in residential services. For example, social care workers gain employment working with groups such as children and young people at risk and/or who have been neglected and abused, people with disabilities and older people.

Course Structure

The course engages a range of teaching strategies include a 12-week placement in a social care agency in both 2nd and 3rd year (400 hours each year). As these placements involve working with vulnerable people, offers for the course may be withdrawn if applicants do not successfully complete the Garda vetting process.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in working with people, civil and social rights, addressing inequalities, and enjoy seeing others reach their full potential, then social care may be the profession for you.

Special Features:

  • A variety of teaching, learning and assessment methodologies are used, such as discussions, group projects, placements, facilitations, poster displays, problem-based learning and case studies.
  • Practice placements (400 hours per placement) in Years 2 and 3 allow for the development of skills associated with professional client relationships.
  • Research projects are used to develop student’s knowledge of the cross-functional nature of social care services.
  • Graduates are employed in a wide range of agencies providing social care services to clients with a variety of social care needs, including the HSE and the TUSLA Child and Family Agency.
  • Exit award – Higher Certificate in Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€10,250.00 (8,67,174) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

January 2022

Venue

Wexford Campus (IT Carlow)

Summer Hill Road,

WEXFORD,

Carlow,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must demonstrate that they have reached a level of education in their country of origin that is the equivalent of a Secondary School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects. Students must also have an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent; TOEFL Internet Based Test: 79; TOEFL Computer Based Test: 213; TOEFL Paper Based Test: 550; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 50-57; GCE O-Level English Language: Grade C; Test of Interactive English (TIE): B2+; TOEIC: 700; GCSE English: Grade C; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: Grade C; English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP) B2+; Irish Leaving Certificate: Ordinary Level Grade D

For international students

Students must demonstrate that they have reached a level of education in their country of origin that is the equivalent of a Secondary School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects.

English language requirements: TOEFL paper based 550; TOEFL computer based 213; TOEFL internet based (iBT) 79; IELTS 5.5; GCE O level English language – grade C; Test of Interactive English (TIE) – B2+; TOEIC – 700; GCSE English – Grade C; Cambridge certificate in advanced English – Grade C; English test for academic and professional purposes (ETAPP) – B2+; Irish leaving certificate – ordinary level grade D.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Niagara College
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About Institute of Technology Carlow

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