What will I learn?

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 they need to register as a social care professional and work across this diverse sector typically in fields such as residential care, disability and community based services.

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.
  • 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.
  • Final year students take part in an Annual Research Symposium, presenting their work to leaders in the sector. Students have also given poster presentations at the Social Care Ireland Annual Conference.
  • 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 - Bachelor of Arts Applied Social Studies Ð Professional Social Care (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3 and Higher Certificate in Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates can complete postgraduate studies to Masters or Doctoral level within the social care or associated social science field or progress into probation and social work. Graduates are also eligible to apply to progress onto the Masters in Child, Youth and Family Studies at Institute of Technology Carlow.

What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Our strong links to industry allow us to facilitate 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.

Which department am I in?

Department of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€9,750.00 (US$ 10,550) per year
Start date

Expected September 2020


Wexford Campus (IT Carlow)

Summer Hill Road,



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.

For international students

All students must have a Leaving Certificate: 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

English or Irish O6/H7

Mathematics O6/H7

The required evidence may take the form of either:

1. An approved English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result shall have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment, and / or 2. Substantial education (minimum one academic year) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted through English and undertaken no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment

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.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Niagara College