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Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice CW717 Institute of Technology Carlow




Course info


What is the Course about?

Social care professionals provide vital support, advocacy and care to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in society including people with disabilities, children and families at risk, asylum seekers, people with addiction, mental health issues and the elderly. This course provides graduates with the skills and expertise to work in the social care professional and work across this diverse sector, in fields such as residential care, disability and community based services.

Course Structure

IT Carlow’s strong links to practice facilitates students in professional practice placements throughout the course, further developing their professional skills and knowledge for future employment in areas of social care, social policy and social justice.

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.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in advocacy, human rights, social justice and want to understand more about the factors influencing human behaviour and therapeutic interventions with at risk groups and communities, then Professional Social Care Practice might be the course for you!

Special Features:

  • Supervised professional practice placements (taking place in Year 2 and Year 3) are an essential part of this course.
  • Students are encouraged to take part in national and international competitions such as the SPARK Social Enterprise Awards and Social Care Ireland Awards for high academic achievement.
  • A wide variety of external speakers from the sector deliver guest lectures on an annual basis.
  • Students take part in an annual Social Care Careers Seminar hosted by IT Carlow and sector talks relating to social care practice.
  • 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 Arts in Applied Social Studies (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice CW717.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

€10,250.00 (9,15,149) per year

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


Sep-21, Jan-22


Institute of Technology Carlow

Kilkenny Road,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirement 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.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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