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Applied Social Studies in Social CareStaidéar Sóisialta Feidhmeach - Cúram Sóisialta

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care

This course is approved by CORU

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish

O6/H7/F2 or higher


QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award None

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. 

Additional Requirements

Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required - see tudublin.ie/gardavetting

This is a sample timetable for Year 1, Semester 1 which gives an indication of class contact hours. Timetables are subject to change.  Up to date timetables will be provided on commencement. 


Course Description

Are you open-minded and pragmatic, and interested in supporting others to reach their full potential through support, advocacy and guidance? Do you want to develop the skills needed to work with vulnerable people? In this course, you’ll learn about your own strengths and the most effective ways to work with people using social care services. You’ll develop strong interpersonal skills, empathy, reflection, effective communication skills, and the ability to work in a team.

Subjects include psychology, sociology, disability studies, social institutions, promoting health and well-being, social policy for social care, cultural diversity, legal studies, sociology and the family, and personal and professional development.

Our students are both school-leavers and mature students returning to or continuing with education. They enjoy working with others and enabling positive change.

Work Placement

There are two 14-week work placements in Year 2, Semester 1 and Year 3, Semester 2.


This course is approved by CORU.

IT Requirements

Students on this course will be required to have a medium spec computer/laptop (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. It should be able to use Wi-fi and camera in order to attend online classes, and use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect; e.g. Latitude 5510; Latitude 5410;

Please search for the TU Dublin offer on the HEA website www.heanet.ie/store.

Special Regulations
  1. For all modules in Year 1 through Year 3 students must pass both the CA and Final Examination components to be considered to have passed the module.

  2. Mandatory attendance is required in the following modules SSC H1016; SSCH1017; SSSC H1022; SSSC H2011; SSSC H2012; SSSC H2013; SSSC H2014; SSSC H3011; SSSC H3017; SSSC H3018.

    This is in order to meet the impending CORU regulatory requirements for Social Care courses, Criterion 4.10, “The provider must identify any requirements for attendance, the procedure for monitoring attendance and the consequences of not meeting attendance requirements where relevant”

Pre-requisites for ‘SSSC H2011 Social Care Practice Placement 1’

‘SSSC H1022: Preparing for Social Care Practice’ AND ‘SSSC H2013 Practice Reflection & Skills Development’ 
are prerequisites for ‘SSSC H2011 Social Care Practice Placement 1’

Pre-requisite for ‘SSSC H3018 Social Care Practice Placement 2’

‘SSSC H2011: Social Care Practice Placement 1’ is a prerequisite for ‘SSSC H2011 Social Care Practice Placement 1’

Practice Educators Hub [For registered students only] 

Working with: 

  • Children/Adolescents in Residential Child Care
  • People with Disabilities
  • People accessing Homeless Services
  • People with Alcohol or Drug Dependency
  • the Elderly
  • Asylum-Seekers
  • Marginalised Groups

Semester 1

  • Psychology & Well Being
  • Fundamentals of Sociology
  • Skills for Success in Social Care Education
  • Understanding Human Rights & Diversity
  • Working Creatively with Service Users
  • Professional Practice - Context

Semester 2

  • Psychology Across the Life-Span
  • Sociology & Social Institutions 
  • Communication with Service Users
  • Preparing for Social Care Practice
  • Professional Practice - Skills
  • Collaboration & Teamwork in Social Care

Semester 1

  • Social Care: Placement Practice 1
  • Use of Self in Social Care

Semester 2

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Policy for Social Care
  • Practice Reflection & Skills Development
  • Group Intervention in Social Care Settings
  • Legal Studies for Social Care
  • Developing Professional Practice

Semester 1

  • Psychology & Mental Health
  • Family Studies
  • Research Methods & Practice
  • Compliance & Regulation in Social Care
  • Critical Analysis & Social Care Concepts
  • Advance Professional Practice

Semester 2

  • Social Care: Placement Practice 2
  • Professional Development

Advanced Entry is not permitted on this course. 

I was attracted to the modules in Psychology, Sociology and Legal Studies. I also found it interesting that the course would allow me to gain the necessary skills to work with different services within the wider scope of social care organisations.

 The best thing about the course is learning different modules, theoretical frameworks and then having the opportunity to go on placement and apply those theories to practice.

- Paul Lyons, Applied Social Studies in Social Care


On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to progress onto the final year of TU998 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care.

TU Code


CAO Point Range 2023



Level 7


Bachelor of Arts


3 years

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Progression Options

Year 1
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7)
Year 2
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7)
Year 3
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7)
Year 4
Progress to year 4 of Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 8)