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Social Care and Social Studies / Cúram Sóisialta agus Staidéar Sóisialta

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care and Social Studies

The minimum entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (NFQ Level 7) or equivalent.

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.

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

Practice Educators Hub [For registered students only] 

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
  • Marginalised Groups

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
  • Youth Justice

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
  • Conflict Resolution & Mediation

The electives listed are indicative since they depend on learner demand and resource availability, and may vary from year to year.

Applications for this add-on course are made under the Advanced Entry category through the CAO. For further information on how to make an application, please visit our CAO Hub.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


1 year




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