This is a two-year, full-time course. The second year of the course is undertaken in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). At the end of the second year, students will receive a Higher Certificate in Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care, a QQI award at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. They may then opt to study for one further year in AIT to achieve a level 7 BA degree in Applied Social Studies and subsequently students may progress to a final year, BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies, a Level 8 qualification.
This is not a CAO entry course - course fees required - apply directly to the college.
Not a CAO Course - Fees apply.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
QQI FET/FETAC Links
Points Calculator for QQI Awards:
Details of the QQI scoring system and a points calculator can be found HERE
The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
This course aims to prepare students for employment in all social care sectors, such as residential care, care of people with specific needs, etc.