Programme Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care
2021 CAO Points 407
This programme is approved by CORU
Minimum Number of
Minimum Grade in
Eng OR Irish
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 Department of Social Sciences policy on Garda vetting can be found on our Student Resources page.
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
Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi
Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature
|You may be in contact with food / food products during programme 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 programme 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.
You will undertake a work placement in Years 1, 2 and 3.
On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.
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)
There is no advanced entry to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Care programme. Students may be considered for advanced entry to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Care programme (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 programme 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 programme team in order to assess their suitability for admission for advanced entry to year 3 of the programme.
Advanced Entry Applications
Deadline for Advanced Entry applications is Friday 1st May 2021
Interviews will take place in early June
Offers / conditional offers will be sent via CAO connect in mid-June.
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.