Applied Social Care / Cleachtas Cúraim Shóisialta

Students should apply through the CAO: the entry requirements are 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. Further details at:  Admissions Policy


Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at

Please note, there is no advanced entry to this programme.


Additional requirements:

Students will be Garda vetted upon entry to the programme. Further details regarding the Garda Vetting policy available at this link:

This is a full time programme, students are required to be available for lectures Monday to Friday.



Do you like working with people? Do you feel passionately about social justice and human rights? Would you like to support people to achieve their full potential and live a life of their own choosing? Would you like to make a difference in a person’s life? If so, this programme may be for you.

This programme will help you to develop the skills to work effectively with individuals in a variety of social care settings. Students will develop professional and personal skills, such as self-awareness, critical thinking, the ability to work as a team and effective communication skills. You will complete a wide array of modules drawing on disciplines such as Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy and Creative Arts. See below for more details on the modules you will study.

Practice Placement:
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 should declare any conditions to the Placement Coordinator. Some conditions that need to be declared include (but are not limited to); back problems and other physical ailments, pregnancy, emotional or mental health issues, disability.

Programme requirements: 

  • For all modules in Year 1 through Year 4 students must pass assignments and Final Examination components to be considered to have passed the module.
  • Mandatory attendance is required on certain modules
  • Applicants may be required to demonstrate proof of English Language proficiency. See TU Dublin English Language Requirements for more details. 

Postgraduate study:

Graduates of this Level 8 programme may be eligible to progress to Masters Degrees (Level 9) in a wide range of disciplines across the Social Sciences and Education e.g., MA in Child, Family and Community Studies; MA in Social Work; MA in Criminology; H. Dip in Adult and Community Education; Play Therapy



Social Care Workers may work with service users 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. Social Care Workers may work under other job titles such as Project Worker, Youth Worker, Family Support Worker.

Please note, there is no advanced entry to this programme.

 'All of the lecturers have a wealth of knowledge and experience which they impart to us in lectures on a daily basis. It means the learning we do is based on the real-life experiences of our lecturers and the people they have worked with & for.  The Lecturers challenge their students to think outside the box & to be open minded when it comes to looking at case studies in classes and when it comes to future college work placements'
(Carol Kavanagh, first year student student on the BA in Applied Social Care)

'While in college I have had the opportunity to complete two placements. In my first placement I felt anxious that I would not know how to deal with situations that would occur but with guidance from academic tutors I overcame my fears. While on placement I was working with people with a variety of intellectual disabilities at a day service. I really enjoyed it and I was subsequently offered the position as a social care worker. This meant I got my dream job at the age of just twenty'
(Bronwyn Pugh, third year student on the BA in  Applied Social Care) 

TU Code



Level 8


Honours Bachelor Degree


4 years

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