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Degree - Honours Bachelor

Social, Political and Community Studies

Carlow College
Carlow College
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Career Zone
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4 Years
Full Time
CAO Points 2019 r2
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Course Summary

The B.A. (Honours) in Social, Political and Community Studies is a 4 Year Level 8 Programme designed to engage learners in exploring sociological and political issues, human rights, equality and social change at a local, national and international level. The programme provides students with the relevant knowledge, skills and competencies to engage in professional work in the community and non-profit sectors, as well as further postgraduate study, if desired.

The course includes practical projects, working with different communities, learning skills in community arts and social media, project planning and management, research and critical analysis, reflective practice, strategic thinking, problem solving, mediation and facilitation. The programme offers opportunities for developing knowledge and skills through working on practical student-led projects with communities and the internship which gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in an area of work that is of interest to them.

Course Details

College Link > PC405 - Social, Political and Community Studies

Colleges often have information about the course on their own website, along with other useful information relating to the college. (Note: Not always available)

Career Sectors

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.

Entry Requirements

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website

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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 2019 Entry
Old Code New Code Award Title
ECAPX Community Arts
ECAXX Community Arts
ECMXX Creative Media
ELESX 5M2073 Language and European Studies
ECHSX 5M2154 Cultural and Heritage Studies
EASSX 5M2181 Applied Social Studies
EPJXX 5M2464 Journalism
DCHCC 5M2786 Community Care
ECDXX 5M3050 Community Development
ELAXX 5M3114 General Studies
EETXX 5M3635 Education and Training
DHSXX 5M4339 Healthcare Support
DCHSX 5M4468 Community Health Services
EYXXX 5M4732 Youth Work
5M5048 Creative Media
ECDEV 6M3674 Community Development

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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.

Career Progression

The programme aims to meet educational requirements for employment in the broad field of community, voluntary and non-profit work. Staff on the programme have extensive experience of working in the sector and continue to have excellent working relationships with many community and non-profit organisations which provides an added benefit to learners in relation to placement and career opportunities.

Graduates of this programme find employment in in the broad field of community, voluntary and non-profit work, including rural and urban community development, social justice, advocacy, equality and rights-based approaches, health and well-being, environmental and ecological, community and development education and overseas development.

Further Research

Qualifax Course Page

Qualifax is the National Learners Database. (Note: Link not always available)

DISCLAIMER: These links are to official sources of information for this course - we accept no responsibility for the information on them.

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