BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)Social Care Practice

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        279 - 487
College Street
4 years
240 ECTS

What is the BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice?

This is a 4 year level 8 course of study designed to prepare students for professional careers in Social Care Work and facilitate students who wish to pursue a specific area of interest.

The overall aim of the course is to develop critically reflective, skilled and ethically aware professional Social Care workers. 

The course involves the study of related disciplines of Applied Social Studies, Professional Practice, Sociology, Social Policy, Psychology and Law.

Special Feature of the BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice Course

The course is designed to develop students as professionally qualified workers for a range of social care employment opportunities.  Placement occurs in Semestes 3 and 6, and consists of 35 hours per week for 12 weeks, supervised social care practice.

Note: Garda Vetting & Fitness to Study/Practice requirements must be met by all students on this course.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introduction to PsychologySocial Care Law
Social Policy & WelfareDevelopmental Psychology
Introduction to Sociological ProblemsIrish Social Policy
Critical & Creative Thinking Understanding Sociological Perspectives
Applied Creativity 1: (Applied Social Studies in Context 1) (Creative Interventions 1)Applied Creativity 2: (Applied Social Studies in Context 2) (Creative Interventions 2)
Personal & Professional Development: Social Care 1Personal & Professional Development: Social Care 2
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Practice Placement: Social Care 1Child Protection Law
Practice Placement Portfolio: Social Care 1Introduction to Research
Applied Social Studies in Context 3Sociology of Contemporary Ireland
Abnormal Psychology
Applied Social Studies in Context 4
Personal & Professional Development: Social Care 3
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Status, Capacity & Consent in Irish lawPractice Placement: Social Care 2
Introduction to Social PsychologyPractice Placement Portfolio: Social Care 2
Children's Rights & Social PolicyApplied Social Studies in Context 5
Foundation of Ethics
Applied Social Research
Personal & Professional Development: Social Care 4
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Social Care Management & Practice 1Social Care Management & Practice 2
Applied Research Project 1Applied Research Project 2
Social Policy ProcessesComparing Social Policies
Law for Social Care Professionals 1Law for Social Care Professionals 2
Introduction to Therapeutic InterventionsUtilising & Applying Therapeutic Interventions
Narrative Approaches to Social Care PracticeSystemic Approaches to Social Care Practice

Leaving Certificate 2019:

Minimum entry requirements for BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice 

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice:

Additional requirements for BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice:

  • Places are offered on the programme subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting clearance.

  • Students undertaking the BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice must meet the requirements of the insitute's Fitness to Study and Fitness to Practice Policy.

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice may take up employment by the state sector and in community-based organisations.

Social care workers may work with:

  • Children and adolescents in residential care

  •  People with learning or physical disabilities

  • People who are homeless

  • People with alcohol/drug dependency

  • Families in the community

  • Older people

  • Recent immigrants to Ireland; and others

Follow on Study for graduates of the BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice:

Graduates can proceed to the MA in Social Studies and Masters by Research at WIT as well as Masters in Social Work and other similar courses.

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