BA (Hons) Social Care Practice

Course Summary:

Social Care Practice is emerging as an exciting professional field for those who wish to work actively in the areas of social justice, social care and social policy. Ireland, among other countries, continues to face many social challenges including issues related to addiction, unemployment, family breakdown and social inequality.  This course also prepares students in the areas of providing care for children and young people; developing a genuinely inclusive multicultural society; and responding to its ageing population.

Do you want to address and respond to these challenges? Are you interested in the future of our society and those who live within it? A career in social care practice is always challenging and also uniquely rewarding – you can make a real difference!

Throughout this course, you will be involved in questioning how societies work and how people relate to one another. There is a strong focus on the use of creative methods to develop your own imaginative responses to social problems and issues. You will explore fields such as psychology, sociology and law that will allow you to critically understand the social world around you.

Key skills:

  • A thorough understanding of key social sciences such as sociology, psychology, and social policy
  • Creativity and communication
  • Ability to apply ethical and legal principles to complex situations
  • Ability to reflect on your own knowledge and understanding
  • Research and analysis
  • Professional practice
DepartmentCodeAward
Social Sciences SG243 Honours Degree Abinitio
2017 POINTS
301*
NFQ LEVEL
8
DURATION (YRS)
4

*New Common Points Scale

The new Leaving Certificate Common Points Scale from 2017 is not directly comparable with the scale that was in existence from 1992 to 2016.

Download the Grading Scale from www.transition.ie.

Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2017 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

Garda vetting:

You should note that all entrants to this course will be required to undergo vetting by the Garda Síochána. If you have a criminal conviction in Ireland or elsewhere, this may adversely impact on your ability to undertake a professional placement or to secure employment in the field of social care practice.

 

English Proficiency:

As all lectures, tutorials and practical work are delivered through English, it is vitally important all incoming international students (who are not English native speakers) have the required standard on entry to ensure they gain maximum value from their time at IT Sligo.

The required minimum proficiency score in English required for entry to IT Sligo is:

English

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

IELTS

5.5

6.0

TOEFL Paper

513

550

TOEFL IBT

65

80

TOEFL CBT

183

210

TOEIC

605

780

Cambridge Exam

FCE

FCE

ETAPP

B+

C1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The English language test must be taken within two years from the date of application.

Career Opportunities

As a social care practitioner, you will be sought after by employers in a range of areas. You will have the skills, competencies and confidence to work with marginalised and excluded people, such as, disabled, homeless, experiencing addictions or whom, for a variety of reasons, may require assistance and support. You may also engage in further specialised study, work in policy or research areas or establish your own business in a relevant area.

Social care practitioners may be employed in the health services, voluntary organisations, in community-based bodies and the private sector. A career in Social Care is a challenging but hugely rewarding for those who choose it. 

What are my further study opportunities?

You will be eligible to undertake further studies at Masters and PhD level. Graduates of this programme can progress to Masters Programmes in social work, addiction studies, equality studies, social research practice and other areas.

What subjects will I study?

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Semester 7

Semester 8

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.

Who do I contact?

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510
E: admissions@itsligo.ie