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.
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.
|Semester 1||Semester 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 1||Applied Creativity 2|
|Personal and Professional Development: Social Care 1||Personal and Professional Development: Social Care 2|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Practice Placement 1||Child Protection Law|
|Practice Placement Portfolio 1||Introduction to Research|
|Practice Processes 1||Sociology of Contemporary Ireland|
|Applied Social Studies in Context 3||Abnormal Psychology|
|Applied Social Studies in Context 4|
|Personal and Professional Development: Social Care 3|
|Semester 5||Semester 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|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Applied Research Project Social Care 1||Applied Research Project Social Care 2|
|Introduction to Therapeutic Interventions||Comparing Social Policies|
|Law for Social Care Professionals 1||Law for Social Care Professionals 2|
|Social Care Management and Professional Practice 1||Systematic Approaches in Social Care Practice|
|Social Policy Processes||Social Care Management and Professional Practice 2|
|Narrative Approaches in Social Care Practice||Utilising and Applying Therapeutic Interventions|
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
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.