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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care

Four year honours degree in applied social care, including a 12 week work placement in Year 2 and a 14 week placement in Year 3.

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

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Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 20

CAO Round 1 Points: 260 (2020)

Why Study?

We live in a world of growing inequality and injustice. Do you want to change this? Social Care is a profession dedicated to changing people's lives for the better so that they can be full an empowered participants in shaping their social world. If you want to be a change agent, then this course is for you. You will learn about the multiple causes of social oppression and ways of working with people of a variety of needs so they can be healthy, resilient and free contributors to a caring society. Social care is about liberating people to achieve a better world. This degree is underpinned by an educational philosophy based on dialogue and lived experience. We have a dedicated full-time placement coordinator who works closely with students to ensure the best possible placement experience. Our small class sizes help enrich students' understanding of what is involved in an authentic and therapeutic relationship driven by a person-centred approach toward independence and care.

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

Programme Modules

Year One

  • 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 Two

  • 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 Developmental Skills
  • Voluntary Sector Organisations 


Year Three

  • 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                                       


Year Four

  • Social Theory
  • Ethics for Social Care  
  • Relationships in Social Care 
  • Health Promotion – Theory & Practice 
  • Human Rights  
  • Child Care
  • Contemporary Issues in Mental Health 
  • Addiction and Social Care


  • Dissertation
  • International Social Work
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Youth Work
  • Disability & Social Care
  • Offenders, Ex-Prisoners and Care
  • Community Arts Development
  • Therapeutic Applications of Adventure and Nature

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities for the Social Care Worker is vast and varied, the areas of employment include:

  • Mental Health Services
  • Community & Voluntary organisations
  • Supporting the older person at times of vulnerability
  • Supporting young people and adolescents
  • Supporting those in residential care
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Addiction services
  • Traveller Groups
  • Childcare services
  • Working with individuals or the broader community

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: 

We have as strong record of students progressing to Level 9 and Level 10 studies in a variety of fields including Social Work.

Essential Information: 

 Module delivery

A number of the above modules are jointly delivered across different disciplines.

This means that social care students will get a chance to meet and interact with students from other degree courses like Outdoor Education and Digital Media and Society.


Work placement

Year 2

Practice Placement 1 - 12 Week Block

Year 3

Practice Placement 2 - 14 Week Block


Exit Award

Students may exit with a BA in Applied Social Care (Level 7) on successful completion of Year 3.


Transfer Applications

If you are transferring into this course from another social care course, you will need to supply the Essential Transfer Letter (PDF 169KB)

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Contact Us

Justin Kerr

Phone: +353 (0) 94 904 3249