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.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introduction to Psychology||Social Care Law|
|Social Policy & Welfare||Developmental Psychology|
|Introduction to Sociological Problems||Irish 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 1||Personal & Professional Development: Social Care 2|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Practice Placement: Social Care 1||Child Protection Law|
|Practice Placement Portfolio: Social Care 1||Introduction to Research|
|Applied Social Studies in Context 3||Sociology of Contemporary Ireland|
|Applied Social Studies in Context 4|
|Personal & Professional Development: Social Care 3|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Status, Capacity & Consent in Irish law||Practice Placement: Social Care 2|
|Introduction to Social Psychology||Practice Placement Portfolio: Social Care 2|
|Children's Rights & Social Policy||Applied Social Studies in Context 5|
|Foundation of Ethics|
|Applied Social Research|
|Personal & Professional Development: Social Care 4|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Social Care Management & Practice 1||Social Care Management & Practice 2|
|Applied Research Project 1||Applied Research Project 2|
|Social Policy Processes||Comparing Social Policies|
|Law for Social Care Professionals 1||Law for Social Care Professionals 2|
|Introduction to Therapeutic Interventions||Utilising & Applying Therapeutic Interventions|
|Narrative Approaches to Social Care Practice||Systemic Approaches to Social Care Practice|
Leaving Certificate 2018:
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:
- Advanced Entry - Years 2,3,4 or 5
- Non-EU Applicants
- QQI FET/FETAC Entry
- QQI FET Progression Entry Route
- Mature Entry Route
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
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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