Admission to Year One of the programme is via the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants must apply through the CAO system and applicants are offered places on the basis of points achieved in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent examinations. There is no advanced entry to the programme.
The entry requirement for the BA in Applied Social Care is a Leaving Certificate with a minimum of Grade H5 in two higher-level papers. The subjects passed must include Mathematics and either English or Irish and Grade O6 in four ordinary level papers in the Leaving Cert. No prior knowledge of a foreign language is required. Foundation Level Mathematics (F2) is acceptable for this course.
Mature and Non-Standard Applicants
A person who, by 1 January of the year he/she seeks admission, has reached the age of 23 years, is regarded as a Mature Applicant. Mature Applicants will be considered on their merits, taking into
account their work and life experience. Knowledge and skills gained through experiential learning may be considered, in the context of the curriculum of the Programme for which they have applied. Particular consideration will be paid to applicants who demonstrate a special interest in a relevant subject area, who have demonstrated their commitment by undertaking some preparatory Programme work and/or examinations or who have relevant volunteering or work experience.
A Non-Standard applicant is an applicant who is not of mature years but who wishes to have taken into account qualifications and/or achievements additional to, or alternative to, the Leaving Certificate. Such qualifications may have been gained from a Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) course or other full or part-time study.
English Instruction on the programme is through English and competence in spoken English is necessary in order to complete registration. Applicants who do not have Leaving Certificate English must provide evidence of equivalent competence through school leaving or matriculation examinations or have completed other English Language examinations.
Work placement & Health requirements
Practice placement is a core component of the Applied Social Care Programme. Students will complete two 400 hours of supervised (unpaid) practice placement in a Social Care setting over the course of the programme. Students must ensure that they are physically, mentally and emotionally prepared to undertake placement and this is informed by the TU Dublin Fitness to Practise policy. Prior to going out on placement, students are required to complete a Personal Declaration Form, declaring any conditions, which may impact, on their ability to participate while on placement. The purpose of the Placement Declaration Form is to ensure that the students’ needs are met in relation to placement and that students are placed appropriately, to ensure that placement is a supported and enjoyable experience. Some conditions that need to be declared to the Placement Coordinator include but are not limited to; back problems and other physical ailments, pregnancy, emotional or mental health issues, disability.
Student Availability and Participation on the Programme The BA in the Applied Social Care is a full-time offering by the Department of Humanities, TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus. While certain modules carry attendance requirements, students are advised upon commencement on the programme that all modules are important and work towards building a core foundational knowledge for working in Social Care settings. Participation by students in all modules, which include applied learning opportunities, is a core component of the programme and plays a key role in preparing students for working in the Social Care field. During induction to the programme, students will be briefed on the importance of applied learning opportunities and expectations of engagement will be discussed.
As part of the BA in Applied Social Care, students are required to undertake placements that will bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults. To ensure the protection of the public, TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus are committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates undertake the programme.
Incoming students are required to submit their details for Garda vetting, to determine whether they have criminal convictions, which may make them unsuitable for practice placements in a social care setting. Students will undergo Garda Vetting during the first year of their programme and will complete a follow up Personal Disclosure form in the start of Year 2 and Year 3. Students will not be permitted to go out on placement without having gone through the Garda Vetting process.
- For more details, please refer to the Garda Vetting Policy
According to CORU (n.d) 'Social care work is a relationship based approach to the purposeful planning and provision of care, protection, psychosocial support and advocacy in partnership with vulnerable individuals and groups who experience marginalisation, disadvantage or special needs'.
The overall aim of the programme is to educate and train students to enable them to work effectively in a variety of social care settings. Social care is an evolving and dynamic industry and the programme aims to produce career ready graduates who have the skills, knowledge and ability to respond to existing/ emerging needs and changing sectoral requirements. Core to the programme is a strong emphasis on developing critical thinking and strong reflexive skills.
TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus participates in the links scheme, which facilitates entry of QQI Level 5 graduates. Recognised Level 5 Programmes and TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus programmes they articulate with are included in the TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus prospectus. TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus reserves 10% of places on each Programme for qualified applicants. Entry is through the CAO mechanism and applicants are judged solely on their Level 5 Certificate performance and are treated separately by the CAO
Social care workers may work with numerous client groups at different stages in the life cycle including children and adolescents in residential care, people with learning or physical disabilities, people who are homeless, people who have alcohol or drug dependency, families in crisis, school completion projects, youth and community projects, family support, aftercare services, older people and recent immigrants to Ireland.
MandatoryIntroduction to Psychology for Social Care
Introduction to Society and Social Care
Applied Social Care 1
Creative Approaches to Social Care Work
Critical Skills Development
MandatoryManaging Relationships in Social Care
Childhood Growth & Development
Communicating for Social Care
Applied Social Care 2
Legal Studies 1
Professional Practice 1
MandatoryPractice Placement 1
MandatorySociety Mental, Emotional and Cognitive Health
Society and Social Care
Professional Practice 2
Working with people across the lifespan
Health and Well-Being in Social Care
Social Policy in Practice
MandatoryCreative Group Work & Facilitation Skills.
Professional Practice 3
Management and Supervision in Social Care
Understanding Behaviours that Challenge
Introduction to Research Methods
Legal Studies 2
MandatoryPractice Placement 2
MandatoryAdvanced Research Methods
Leadership and Organisational Change in Social Care
Equality, Cultural Diversity and Intercultural competencies
Trauma and Resilience in Social Care Work
Addiction and Substance Misuse
For entry on to the Level 8 in Applied Social Care, students must have achieved a minimum of five Distinctions in an aligned award, such as Early Childhood Care & Education, Community Care, Nursing Studies, Applied Social Studies and so forth.