Applied Social Care / Cleachtas Cúraim Shóisialta

Programme Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice

* 2020 CAO Points 310

Leaving Cert - Min no of Subjects: 6
Leaving Cert - Higher Subjects: 2H5
Leaving Cert - Min Grade in Maths: F2/O6/H7
Leaving Cert - Min Grade in English or Irish: O6/H7

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

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



Social care is a dynamic, challenging and ever-changing career, reflecting and responding to the needs of those who are most in danger of poverty and social exclusion, or who find themselves at the margins of society. Social care is professionally regulated career under CORU, the multi-profession regulator responsible for regulating health and social care professionals.

Since 2020 the Applied Social Care course on the Tallaght campus is approved by CORU and upon successful completion of the level 7 or level 8 course graduates will be eligible to register as a Social Care Worker. This programme will equip you to work in Ireland and abroad, in residential service, community settings, training and education services, etc. During your study, you will explore psychology, sociology, law, addiction, trauma, race, culture and more, to understand and critically evaluate society and apply your knowledge to social care practice. 

Would you like to work in a job where you could give help and support to other people? Social care professionals work with a wide variety of groups, from children and young people, homeless people and asylum-seekers to people with disabilities, and with mental health difficulties. This programme will equip you to work in Ireland and abroad, in residential services, community settings, training and education services, etc.

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. 

Work 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.

  • Graduate Job Titles:
    Social Care Worker
    Development Worker
    Special Needs Assistant
    Project Worker
    Case Manager
    Home Care Assistant
    Care Facilitator
    Activities Coordinator
    Senior Youth Worker
    Higher Executive Officer
  • Graduate Employers:
    St John OF Gods
    Stewarts Care
    St Michaels House
    Misty Croft
    Peter McVerry Trust

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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) 

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., Education MA in Child, Family and Community Studies; Masters in Social Work; MA in Criminology, H. Dip in Adult and Community Education.

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Level 8


Honours Bachelor Degree


4 years

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Progression Options

On successful completion of year 4, graduates may be eligible to progress to a Masters Degrees (Level 9)