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PC404
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 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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The Applied Social Studies in Social Care programme will equip students with the knowledge, skills and competencies of contemporary Social Care work.

The key modules include professional practice, social research, sociology, psychology, social policy, law and ethics. There is also a strong focus on the use of creative tools to develop the students’ own imaginative responses to social problems and issues.

Successful completion of Stages 1, 2 and 3 provides the qualification to be registered as a Professional Social Care Worker with CORU, the registration board for health and social care professionals. 

Stage 4 is an add-on honours year which broadens the scope of students’ understanding of Social Care Theory and Practice, and further develops their problem solving and analytical skills. 

 

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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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Note: Information for 2018 Entry
Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSC. 5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHCC. 5M2786 Community Care
DCHSN. 5M4349 Nursing Studies
DCHSX. 5M4468 Community Health Services
DHSXX. 5M4339 Healthcare Support
EASSX. 5M2181 Applied Social Studies
EYXXX. 5M4732 Youth Work


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Career opportunities arise in the voluntary, statutory and private sectors, in areas such as health care, residential childcare, special education and judicial services. A variety of opportunities exist to work with disabled persons, children, adolescents and older people in residential care, in day care and in the community. 



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