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Social Care / Cúram Sóisialta

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

2022 CAO Points: 370

This course is approved by CORU

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish



Additional Requirements/Information: 

First Aid training is mandatory for all First-Year students on this course. It will be arranged by the Department at a cost of approximately €100 per student. Please note that first aid fees are not covered by SUSI grants. 

Students must undergo Garda Vetting. They must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made. Currently, Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student.

Applicants must fully and honestly complete the Garda vetting form. Failure to disclose a criminal conviction automatically renders what may appear to be a very minor offence, unrelated to children or minors, to be a serious breach of TU Dublin regulations. The College policy on Garda vetting can be found on our Student Resources page.

English Language Requirements: 

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of an overall score of 6.5 on their IELTS exam with no component under 6.

QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5:


  • DCHSC Childcare
  • 5M2009 Early Childhood Care & Education
  • DCHSX / 5M4468  Community Health Services
  • DCHCC / 5M2786 Community Care
  • DCHSN / 5M4349 Nursing Studies
  • EASSX / 5M2181 Applied Social Studies


Level 6: Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline

Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants:

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

You may be in contact with food/food products during course placement. For further information please contact the School Office (contact details below)

Social care workers provide professional individual or group care to clients with personal and social needs, in a caring, compassionate, non-judgmental way. Client groups include children and adolescents in residential care; young people in detention schools; people with intellectual or physical disabilities; people who are homeless; people with alcohol/drug dependency; families in the community, older people, and asylum-seekers/refugees.

Social care work is based on interpersonal relationships. It requires empathy, strong communication skills, self-awareness and an ability to use critical reflection. Teamwork and interdisciplinary work are also important.

This course will familiarise you with the latest concepts and theoretical developments in the relevant academic disciplines, and help you to develop as a self-aware, reflective, altruistic, empathic social care professional. You’ll develop skills relevant to social care practice and benefit from supervised exposure to social care practice, using three practice placements. These will help you to make an informed choice as to which area of practice you are best suited.

Subjects studied include social care work with older people and people with disabilities, social policy and social justice, psychology and human development, professional practice, law in social care work, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, working with communities, social policy-making and social psychology.

TU996 is a full-time course and students are required to attend lectures, in person, 5 days per week. 

Work Placement

You will undertake a work placement in Years 1, 2 and 3. Practice Placement days:

  • Year 1 - Wednesday
  • Year 2 - Thursday and Friday
  • Year 3 - Block placement from February to May

Graduates will qualify as social care workers eligible to work with a range of different client groups 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 Work with Older People and People with Disabilities
  • Analysing Social Policy for Social Care
  • Health, Well-Being and Personal Development for Social Care Work
  • Psychology and Human Development across the Life span
  • Sociological perspectives for Social Care
  • Introduction to the Art Process in Education & Development
  • Drama in Education for Social Care
  • Foundation Skill Development for Social Care Work
  • Introductory Placement (180 hours organised by the school)
  • Principles of Professional Practice in Social Care Work 1
  • Law in Social Care Work
  • Practice Issues for Social Care Work
  • Research Planning and Data Collection
  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • Working with Communities
  • Social Theory & Contemporary Themes in Society
  • Social policy-making: Structures and processes
  • Psychological Perspectives on Mental Health
  • Principles of Professional Practice in Social Care Work 2
  • Drama Education for Practice in Social Care/or Understanding and Facilitating the Art Process in Social Care
  • Professional Practice Placement 2 (400 hours to be organised by the school)
  • Social Psychology for Social Care Workers
  • Principles of Professional Practice in Social Care Work 3
  • Research Planning and Data Analysis 
  • Social Policy and Social Justice
  • Skills and Approaches to Professional Helping
  • Law and Inter Professional Practice for Social Care Workers
  • Professional Practice Placement 3 (400 hours to be organised by the school)
  • Organisations and Management &Integrated Learning Portfolio

There is no advanced entry/transfer to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Care course. Students may be considered for advanced entry to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Care course (applications via the CAO), subject to space availability and meeting the following criteria:

Applicants must hold a minimum 2.1 (merit upper) Level 7 qualification in social care from a CORU approved course and have successfully completed a minimum of 800 hours on supervised practice placement. Applicants meeting this criteria will be interviewed by two members of the course team in order to assess their suitability for admission for advanced entry to Year 3 of the course.

For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

I found all staff very approachable and genuine. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of first year. The highlight was without doubt my placement. While some classes were very challenging, the help given from the lecturers was readily available and really accessible. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in a career in social care.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


3 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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