Applied Social Studies

What Is Applied Social Studies?

This one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in a social care, community development or residential setting. The care worker needs the social, communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups. Many of the skills acquired will be transferable for use with adolescents, families and the elderly in a caring, educational or development role.

The Applied Social Studies QQI course will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice. This course will serve as training for social care/community care/healthcare industries or as a link to Applied Social Studies/Social Care or Nursing certificate or degree courses in many IT colleges throughout the country. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education.

Course Content

A theoretical approach to community and health services/social studies will be complemented by practical experience. The following modules will be offered in 2019 subject to availability and demand:

    Social Studies                                             Communications

    Psychology                                                 Work Experience

    Intercultural Studies                                   Word Processing

    Safety & Health at Work                            Equality and Diversity

    Human Growth & Development

    Young People & Society


QQI Level 5 in Applied Social Studies 5M2181

Career Opportunities

Graduates may pursue a certificate or degree course in many of the IT colleges or universities around the country or alternatively may seek immediate employment in a range of Community Care, Health Care, and Community Development centres/initiatives. There are now a large range of Social Studies or Community Care certificate and degree courses available to graduates on the newly expanded QQI links programme. For example there are 10 places in Maynooth University through Social Science and over 140 places through First Arts as well as five places in UCD and a large quota in other third level colleges like Athlone IT, IT Blanchardstown, Carlow IT, DCU, DIT, NUIG, Dundalk IT, University of Limerick, Limerick IT, Letterkenny IT, St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, Milltown, Marino Institute of Education, NCI, Sligo IT, IT Tallaght, Tralee IT, UCC, UCD, and Waterford IT.

Higher Education Progression

ITB: BN107 Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 8, 4 Years) DIT: DT571 Social Care (Level 8, 3 Years)

Maynooth: MH107 Social Science (Level 8, 4 Years)

Entry Requirements

 Leaving Cert or LCA Mature students of all backgrounds Other equivalent qualification All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications