This course is designed to equip students with the necessary theory and skills to work in a professional capacity in the area of social care. The programme prepares graduates for a job which involves supporting people to achieve new things and to develop new skills and also covers modules on understanding a variety of emotional and behavioural disorders.
Students are also taught how to conduct research in the area of Social and Behavioural Science.
This course is taught through lectures, tutorials and practicals. Students also go on a number of work placements in years 2, 3 and 4. These work placements provide students with the chance to apply the theory they have learnt in their lectures to the real-world of social care.
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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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.
The course opens up opportunities for students to have a fulfilling and challenging career in the social care sector. Social Care professionals work with a wide variety of client groups such as people with disabilities, children and young people, members of the Traveller Community, homeless people, elderly people, asylum seekers and people with mental health difficulties. They work in a variety of settings including residential services, community settings and training and education services.
This degree is internationally recognised so it equips people to work in Ireland but also in many other countries around the world.