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Code
WD192
Cao points
🛈271 -529
Level
8
Campus
College Street
Duration
4 years
Credits
240 ECTS
Placements
Available
International Applications
Accepted
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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 practitioners with the capacity to build professional relationships, in partnership with vulnerable individuals and groups who experience marginalisation, disadvantage or special needs.

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

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

Due to professional validation, this programme is not suitable for advanced entry, exemptions or recognition of prior learning. 

The course is designed to develop students as professionally qualified workers for a range of social care employment opportunities.  Placement occurs in Semester 3 and 6, and consists in total of 800 hours of supervised social care practice.

Note: Students undertaking the BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice must meet the requirements of the School of Humanities Student Fitness to Practise Policy and School of Humanities Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introduction to Psychology Social Care Law
Social Policy and Welfare Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Sociological Problems Irish Social Policy
Critical and Creative Thinking Understanding Sociological Perspectives
Applied Creativity 1Applied Creativity 2
Personal and Professional Development: Social Care 1Personal and Professional Development: Social Care 2
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Practice Placement 1Child Protection Law
Practice Placement Portfolio 1Introduction to Research
Practice Processes 1Sociology of Contemporary Ireland
Applied Social Studies in Context 3 Abnormal Psychology
Applied Social Studies in Context 4
Personal and Professional Development: Social Care 3
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Status, Capacity and Consent in Irish Law Practice Placement 2
Introduction to Social Psychology Practice Placement Portfolio 2
Children's Rights and Social Policy Applied Social Studies in Context 5
Foundation of Ethics
Applied Social Research
Personal and Professional Development: Social Care 4
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Applied Research Project Social Care 1Applied Research Project Social Care 2
Introduction to Therapeutic InterventionsComparing Social Policies
Law for Social Care Professionals 1Law for Social Care Professionals 2
Social Care Management and Professional Practice 1Systematic Approaches in Social Care Practice
Social Policy ProcessesSocial Care Management and Professional Practice 2
Narrative Approaches in Social Care PracticeUtilising and Applying Therapeutic Interventions

Leaving Cert: 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 School of Humanities Student Fitness to Practise Policy and School of Humanities Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Graduates of the BA in Applied Social Care may take up employment in the public, private or community based care sectors. Social Care Workers may work with:

  • Children and adolescents in residential care
  • People with physical, intellectual and or sensory disabilities
  •  People or families experiencing homelessness
  •  People with alcohol/drug dependency
  • Families in the community
  • Older people
  • Ethnic Minority groups

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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Hazel Finlay
Ms. Hazel Finlay
Course leader for the BA (Hons) in Social Care Practice and Social Care Lecturer
Tel: 51845677 [email protected]

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