The aims of the BA in Social Care:
To familiarise students with the latest concepts and theoretical developments in the relevant academic disciplines.
To facilitate the personal development of students as self-aware, reflective, altruistic, empathic social care professionals.
To provide students with a structured, supervised exposure to social care practice, by means of practice placements.
To develop skills relevant to social care practice.
The objective of the course is that, upon graduation, students will be eligible for employment as social care workers.
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.
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Number of Reserved Places: 4 places
PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.
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|Note: Information for 2019 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|DCHSC||5M2009||Early Childhood Care and Education|
|EASSX||5M2181||Applied Social Studies|
|DCHSX||5M4468||Community Health Services|
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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.
Social care is a profession characterised by working with marginalised or disadvantaged people in a caring, compassionate way. Graduates may work with children and adolescents in residential child care, people with intellectual disabilities, the homeless, people with alcohol/drug dependency, families in the community, the aged, asylum seekers/refugees and so on.
Graduates of this Level 8 programme will be eligible to progress to Masters Degrees (Level 9) in a wide range of disciplines across the Social Sciences, e.g. MA in Child, Family and Community Studies; Masters in Social Work; MA in Criminology.