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Applied Social Studies

Course Code(s):  5M2181
QQI Award Code:  5M2181 Applied Social Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2181
QQI Award Code 5M2181 Applied Social Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The 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. A follow on Year 2 QQI Level 6 certificate is also available.

What will you Study?

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.

Career Opportunities:

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. A Year Two QQI Level 6 certificate is also available in Dunboyne College of Further Education.

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 now 83 places in First Arts in Maynooth University, there are 10 places in Maynooth University through Social Science and Arts as well as five places in UCD and a large quota in other third level colleges like IT Blanchardstown, DIT and IT Dundalk.

Social Studies 5N1370
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Psychology 5N0754
Legal Provision and Practice
Word Processing 5N1358
Intercultural Studies 5N0765
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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EASSX 5M2181

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