BA (Hons) in Social Care

Course Points
336
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
35 Places

Course Summary

This 4-year course prepares students work a rewarding career in social care, a profession characterised by working in partnership with people who experience marginalisation, or disadvantage, or who have special needs. Students will explore and analyse the development of current and future trends in social care in Ireland and how legislation in this area is drafted and regulated.

Important notice about this course

Upon successful completion of Years One and Two, students may exit with a Higher Certificate Award. Upon successful completion of Year Three, students may exit with a Level 7 Ordinary Degree. 

This programme is about social care, a profession characterised by working in partnership with people who experience marginalisation, or disadvantage, or who have special needs. You will explore and analyse the development of current and future trends in social care in Ireland and how legislation in this area is drafted and regulated. As well as learning about different models of social care and their appropriateness to different situations, you will also learn how to deliver a social care service, both alone and as part of a team, to people in community, day-care and residential settings.

There are various career options within Social Care. These include working with:

  • children and adolescents in residential childcare
  • people with learning or physical disabilities
  • the homeless
  • people with alcohol or drug dependency
  • families in the community
  • older people
  • recent emigrants to Ireland
  • the state sector (for example the Departments of Health and Children, Education and Science, and Equality and Law Reform)
  • the voluntary sector, (which includes organisations like Barnardos and the Brothers of Charity, many of which are fully or partially funded by the government).

Graduates may progress onto postgraduate study.

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate including:

  • At least two H5 Grades
  • AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7
  • AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
  • PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include: 

  • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • Two subjects at either:
        • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)
  • The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:
        • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
        • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
        • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
  • And a minimum score of 300 points

Practice placements occurs in both the 2nd year and 3rd year of study of this course. Social Care Placement sites include the following services and supports in the following areas:

Childcare / Youth Work / Disability / Older Person Supports / Mental Health /Addiction / Homelessness / Domestic Violence / Social Inclusion initiatives

Each placement is a 12-week block placement as follows:

  • 2nd year placement: September - December 
  • 3rd year placement: January - May 

Further details on work placements are available by contacting the programme director.

Please note all students on the Social Care course must satisfy the Garda / Police Vetting procedure of DkIT prior to attending placement.

David Getty (Head of Department of Humanities)
Phone: +353 42 9370255
Email: david.getty@dkit.ie

Carol McGinty (Programme Director (Professional Social Worker, registered with Corú))
Phone: +353 429370816
Email: carol.mcginty@dkit.ie

Course ID DK862
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 336
Places 35
School School of Business & Humanities
Department Humanities
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK862.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.