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Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Care

A three year degree that includes 12 weeks of placement in year two and 14 weeks of placement in Year three.

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

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Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 20

CAO Round 1 Points: 240 (2020)

Why Study?

The Applied Social Care degree is designed to enable graduates to make the world a better place for everyone, by empowering, enabling and by correcting the social injustices that exist in today's society.

Our graduates understand the inherent structures of inequality and the impact they have on human rights and society in general. We ensure students have the capacity and skills they need to support and care for vulnerable, excluded and oppressed people within society.

Our degree is underpinned by an educational philosophy based on dialogue and lived experience.  A dedicated full-time placement coordinator works closely with students to ensure the best possible placement experience for every student. Our small class sizes help enrich student's understanding of what’s involved in an authentic and therapeutic relationship driven by a person-centred approach toward care.

All places are offered on this programme subject to satisfactory Garda vetting clearance.


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Programme Modules

These modules will teach you how to relate to others, look after yourself and develop your creativity to find new ways of problem solving. You will learn about the law and how this may affect your work in a social care setting and you will have a thorough understanding of social policy and so much more. You will also get a chance to use what you have learnt in the workplace when you go on placement in year two and three.


Year 1

  • Learning and Innovation Skills
  • PC Applications
  • Introduction to Social Care
  • Exploring Values
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Invitation to Psychology
  • Introduction to Law
  • Reflective Personal Development
  • Group Activities for Social Care Practitioners
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Creativity in Social Care

Year 2

  • Professional Practice 1 (12-Week Block)
  • Social Care Theory & Practice
  • Applied Social Theory
  • Advocacy in Social Care
  • Introduction to Health Promotion


  • Community Development
  • Social Research
  • Professional Development Skills
  • Voluntary Sector Organisations

Year 3

  • Professional Practice 2 (14-Week Block)
  • Preparation for Social Care Practice
  • Pedagogical Practice and Social Care
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Philosophy of the Self



  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Community and Sustainability


Career Opportunities

Our Ordinary Degree is the basic requirement for working in Social Care in Ireland. Students can continue on to our Level 8 Degree in Applied Social Care or they may choose to work in a variety of diverse fields such as:

  • Mental Health Services
  • Community & Voluntary Organisations
  • Traveller Groups
  • Youth Work
  • Addiction Services


Social Care Work is now regulated by CORU under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. Students who wish to use the professional title of 'Social Care Worker' must register with CORU after completing their studies.

Follow-on Studies: 

Upon successful completion of Year 3 in Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Care (Level 7) students may then apply internally for Year 4, Bachleor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care (Level 8).

Essential Information: 

Work Placement

Year 2

Professional Practice 1 - 12 Week Block

Year 3

Professional Practice 2 - 14 Week Block


Garda Vetting

All places are offered on this programme subject to satisfactory Garda vetting clearance.


Transfer Applications

If you are transferring into this course from another social care course, you will need to supply this Essential Transfer letter  (PDF, 598KB)

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Contact Us

Justin Kerr

Head of Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care

Phone: + 353 94 9043249