BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care student Stephen Whelan, tells us how he went back to college 10 years after completing his Leaving Cert
"It was just over ten years since I had completed my leaving Certificate. 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 WIT had a structured supports system in place to aid students, young and old with any problems or concerns they may have had.
Each week the lecturers would facilitate a 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 three year degree. As part of my course I will now move on to a three 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 been very positive, it just goes to show that with a little hard work and determination anything is possible."
Study Applied Social Studies in Social Care at WIT
The BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care is a three year (level 7) course of study. The course involves the study of related disciplines of Sociology, Social Policy, Psychology, Law, Applied Social Research and Supervised Professional Practice. 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. Students who complete the level 7 may be eligible to find further study in the level 8 course, BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies in Social Care .