BA (Hons) in Social Care
Four great reasons to consider this course
- Prepares learners to work in social care, in partnership with people who experience marginalisation, or disadvantage, or who have special needs;
- Structured so that students meet the minimum CORU standards and proficiencies within the first three years, while the fourth year of the programme is designed as a capstone year, with a research project and two firm strands in the areas of social studies and service users.
- Incorporates two supervised work-based learning placements in Years 2 and 3 in a broad variety of settings, from day services to drugs rehabilitation centres to secure residential units;
- Students are challenged to develop academically through deepening their knowledge, professionally, by learning and practising social care skills and personally by developing a capacity to look at their own strengths and areas for improvement in relation to work. On completion of the programme, graduates will be eligible to apply for CORU registration.
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. 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.
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.
The BA (Hons) in Social Care (240 credits) programme is a full-time, level 8 programme of four years duration. All modules are mandatory modules, with students undertaking studies in Years 1, 2 and 3 that are directly aligned to attaining the CORU competencies and proficiencies that are required for registration under Irish legislation. As a result, students’ complete modules that are typically 5 or 10 credits, based on the breadth of expected knowledge within them. In order to attain both QQI and CORU standards, it has been necessary to integrate five to six modules in some semesters. Students also complete two mandatory work placements. Year 4 is a capstone of student learning with two research project modules that offer students the opportunity to work on a research project of their own choosing and design. Aligned with this is their submission of documents for ethical approval. As a capstone year, the two semesters place emphasis on the two strands of social studies and service users.
The course includes the following modules:
Year 1 - Semester 1:
- Communication and Collaborative Practice in Social Care
- Psychology 1
- Issues in Social Care
- Creativity and the Arts in Social Care 1
- Sociology 1 for Social Care
Year 1 - Semester 2:
- Preparation for Professional Practice 1
- Personal and Professional Development 1
- Creativity and the Arts in Social Care 2
- Theories and Concepts for Social Care 1
- Sociology 2 for Social Care
Year 2 - Semester 1:
- Practice Placement 1
Year 2 - Semester 2:
- Psychology 2
- Social Care Practice for Promoting Health and Wellbeing
- Inclusive Arts
- Legal Framework for Social Care
- Personal and Professional Development 2
- Care in a Multicultural Context
Year 3 - Semester 1:
- Research Methods in Social Care
- Theories and Concepts for Social Care 2
- Preparation for Professional Practice 1
- Compliance and Quality in Social Care
- Mental Health in Social Care
Year 3 - Semester 2:
- Practice Placement 2
Year 4 - Semester 1:
- Research Project 1
- Legal Issues in Social Care
- Gender and Social Change
- Social Policy
- Social Justice
Year 4 - Semester 2:
- Research Project 2
- Social Care and Disability
- Addiction and Social Care
- Social Care Work with Children and Families
- Care of Older People
NOTE: Upon successful completion of Years One and Two, students may exit with a Higher Certificate Award in Social Studies. Upon successful completion of Year Three, students may exit with a Level 7 Ordinary Degree.
At DkIT, supporting students is our main goal and staff on the BA (Hons) in Social Care are dedicated to this agenda. Student Induction is a college-wide programme which takes place for the newest cohorts of learners in the Institute in the week before formal classes start. It allows learners to be introduced to the Institute and the Department of Humanities in an informal environment, allowing students the opportunity to get to know core teaching staff and their fellow classmates. This induction programme offers students an introduction to the programme and its design, alongside basic information on Health and Safety, Study and Life Skills, Digital Citizenship, Moodle and email.
Learning and teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, group discussions and both individual and group projects. Active participation, peer-learning and exploration of topics in the classroom through teacher-led and student-led discussions are encouraged. A number of industry visits are organised during the programme. Learners are expected to spend time on directed readings, assignments and independent study of the programme content.
The programme prepares learners to work in social care, in partnership with people who experience marginalisation, or disadvantage, or who have special needs. Students 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, learners also learn how to deliver a social care service, both alone and as part of a team, to people in the community, day-care and residential settings. Some further examples of various career options within Social Care 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 Irish Refugee Council, many of which are fully or partially funded by the government).
Graduates may progress to postgraduate studies, (both taught and research) either within the institute (through the DCU/DkIT Graduate School) or externally in other HE organisations. Previous graduates have progressed to further studies in areas such as social policy, gender and social care, disability studies and social work studies.
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 occur 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.
In addition to a strong academic background, graduates of the BA (Hons) Social Care should have certain personal attributes such as reliability and trustworthiness; altruism; empathy, compassion; and maturity. Social care work can be very challenging – emotionally and physically – and can mean working in some very difficult environments – but it can also be very rewarding.
|School||School of Business & Humanities|
|Awarding Body||Dundalk Institute of Technology|
|Download||BA (Hons) Social Care Brochure
How to Apply
All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
Northern Ireland & UK
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