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Social Care Practice

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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This course is designed to equip students with the necessary theory and skills to work in a professional capacity in the area of social care. The programme prepares graduates for a job which involves supporting people to achieve new things and to develop new skills and also covers modules on understanding a variety of emotional and behavioural disorders.

Students are also taught how to conduct research in the area of Social and Behavioural Science. 

This course is taught through lectures, tutorials and practicals. Students also go on a number of work placements in years 2, 3 and 4. These work placements provide students with the chance to apply the theory they have learnt in their lectures to the real-world of social care. 

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From College Website...
TA025 - Social Care Practice
IT Tallaght

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TA025 - Social Care Practice
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
EASSX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
DSACX    School Age Childcare
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work
  6M2218  Social and Vocational Integration

Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions

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The course opens up opportunities for students to have a fulfilling and challenging career in the social care sector. Social Care professionals work with a wide variety of client groups such as people with disabilities, children and young people, members of the Traveller Community, homeless people, elderly people, asylum seekers and people with mental health difficulties. They work in a variety of settings including residential services, community settings and training and education services.

This degree is internationally recognised so it equips people to work in Ireland but also in many other countries around the world.

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