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CK114
Social Science (Youth and Community Work) - Mature Applicants only

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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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Social studies (or social science) refers to the study of the various fields which explore past, current, and future human behaviour and interactions. It covers topics such as economics, politics, geography, psychology, and sociology .

This course is for mature students only. Students who are aged 23 or over on first of January on the year of application.


 
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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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
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
ECAXX    Community Arts
ECDXX  5M3050  Community Development
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
EETXX  5M3635  Education and Training
  5M1761  Intellectual Disability Practice
DSACX    School Age Childcare
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work
DCXXX  6M2007  Early Childhood Care and Education
  6M4978  Health Services Supervisory Management Skills
  6M2263  Inclusive Education and Training

Essential Module Requirements:
Distinctions in 4 modules plus a pass in G20001 or 5N0690 or 6N1950 or 6N1949 or G30001

Additional entry requirements for CK114:
-Entry to the first year of this programme is available on a competitive basis to students who achieve a minimum of 4 Distinctions (i.e. greater than 80%) from any of the FETAC Level 5 or Level 6 programmes listed

-Applicants must have reached 21 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry

-Applicants should have the equivalent of at least one years experience, either paid of voluntary, in the youth/community/voluntary sector.

-Interview will be used as an additional mechanism

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