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AL765
Applied Social Studies in Social Care

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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 HETAC 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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3 years
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This course will prepare you to work in a profession where you provide care, protection, support, welfare and advocacy for vulnerable or dependent clients, individually or in groups.

Work placements (minimum total period of 10 weeks) form an essential part of the course and are undertaken in second year of this higher certificate programme. This programme is also available on a part-time basis.

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Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year, will receive a Higher Certificate Award


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AL765 - Applied Social Studies in Social Care
Athlone IT

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AL765 - Applied Social Studies in Social Care
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Essential Module Requirements:
G20031 - Social Studies
or 5N1370 - Social Studies
or D20003 - Care Provision and Practice
or 5N2705 - Care Provision and Practice
or D20169 - Intellectual Disability Studies
or 5N1652 - Intellectual Disability Studies
or D20180 - Care of the Older Person
or 5N2706 - Care of the Older Person
or D20179 - Understanding Mental Health
or 5N3772 - Understanding Mental Health
or 5N1786 - Special Needs Assisting

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This programme is a professional qualification in social care which will lead you to find employment with different client groups in a variety of care settings. It is the recognised entry point for the professional social care. 



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