Applied Social Studies - Social Care / Staidéar Sóisialta Feidhmeach - Cúram Sóisialta

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

2021 CAO Points: 326

Leaving Cert
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English OR Irish

O6/H7/F2 or higher


Additional Requirements/Information: Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required – see

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

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

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 programme, 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. Year 4 subjects include challenging behavior, leadership and supervision in social care practice, child protection, and management in social care practice.

You can specialise in areas such as successful ageing and social care practice, combatting racism and cultural mediation, mental health and therapeutic interventions, and advocacy.

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

Postgraduate Study: On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin

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;

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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 CORU regulatory requirements for Social Care programmes, 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’

Social Care Placement Training and Documents

In accordance with CORU regulations, the following documents are made available to Social Care Placement Practice Educators.

Note that these documents are applicable to Applied Social Studies in Social Care at TU Dublin Blanchardstown only.

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Working with marginalised or disadvantaged people in a caring, compassionate and non-judgmental way:

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

Semester 1:

  • Advanced Research Methods & Practice
  • Supporting Positive Behaviours in the Social Care Sector
  • Theory & Practice of Social Care Management
  • Critical Perspectives on Social Care Provision


  • Understanding Substance Misuse
  • Combatting Racism
  • Contemporary Approaches in the Disability Sector


Semester 2:

  • Applied Research Project
  • Emerging Issues in Social Care
  • Leadership & Professional Development


  • Mental Health & Therapeutic Interventions
  • Child Protection Perspectives: Safeguarding & Family Support
  • Advocacy in the Social Care Sector


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


TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

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Progression Options

Years 1-4
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 8)
On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin, or elsewhere.