BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care

Bachelor of ArtsApplied Social Studies in Social Care

Full Time
2015 CAO range:
        240 - 400
College Street
3 years
180 ECTS

What is the BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care?

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 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 2016:

Minimum entry requirements

5 subjects: OD3 or better
English or Irish: OD3/HD3
Mathematics: OD3/HD3

Leaving Certificate 2017:

Minimum entry requirements

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

Advanced and Equivalent Entry:

Graduates 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

Follow on Study

WD052 - BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

“It was just over 10 years since I had completed my leaving cert. Having been out of the classroom for so long, I found the thoughts of returning to education a little daunting to say the least.

Immediately from the induction day in September, it was apparent that Waterford institue Of Technology had a stuctured support system in place to aid students, young and old with any problems or concerns they may of had. Each week the lectures would facilitate a tutorial class. I found these very helpful in gaining an understanding of some of the more difficult subjects. My favourite subject is Sociology because it allows me to view various aspects of society from different perspectives and also gives me an insight into how society works!

At present I’ve just completed my first year of my 3 year degree. As part of my course I will now move on to a 3 month work placement in September 2012. I’m really looking forward to this as it will give me an opportunity to put the theory into practice.

My experience of returning to education has being very positive, it just goes to show that with a little hard work and determination anything is possible.”

Stephan Whelan, WD018
BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care

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