BA in Applied Social Care

Bachelor of ArtsApplied Social Care

Full Time
2018 CAO range:
        180 - 555
College Street
3 years
180 ECTS

What is the BA in Applied Social Care?

The BA in Applied Social Care (previously known as the BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care) is a three year (level 7) course of study. The course is designed to facilitate students who wish to pursue a specific area of interest and prepares students for professional careers in Social Care Work.

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

Special Feature of the BA in Applied Social Care Course

The course is designed to facilitate students to specialise as Social Care Workers. All students who wish to graduate as professionally qualified social care workers must successfully complete a supervised work-based placement in each of the second and third years of the course.

Note: Garda clearance is required for all students taking this programme.


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Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Key Themes in SociologySocial Facts & Structures
Introduction to Social PolicySocial Policy in Context
Psychology of Human BehaviourIntroduction to Social Care Law
Applied Social Studies 1History of Social Care in 20th Century Ireland
History of Social Care in 19th Century IrelandLifespan Developmental Psychology
Personal & Professional Development 1Personal & Professional Development 2
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Practice Placement 1Inequalities and Disadvantage in Irish Social Policy
Practice Placement Portfolio 1Individual Differences & Abnormal Psychology
Applied Social Studies 2 Modernisation & Social Change
Personal & Professional Development 3
Child in Irish law
Applied Social Studies 3
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Domestic Violence Law and Mental Health Law in IrelandPractice Placement 2
Challenges for Irish Social PolicyPractice Placement Portfolio 2
Class, Idealogy and Social MovementsApplied Social Studies 5
Social Psychology
Personal & Professional Development 4
Applied Social Studies 4

Leaving Certificate 2019:

Minimum entry requirements for BA in Applied Social Care

5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BA in Applied Social Care:

Other Requirements:

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

Graduates of BA in Applied Social Care may take up employment in 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

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