BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care- WIT

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The BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care is a three year, full time, NFQ Level 7 major award.

The course is designed to facilitate students who wish to pursue a specific area of interest and prepares students for professional careers in Social Care Work.

It involves the study of related disciplines of Sociology, Social Policy, Psychology, Law, Applied Social Research and Supervised Professional Practice.

The course is designed to facilitate students to specialise as Social Care Workers. All students who wish to graduate as professionally qualified social care workers must successfully complete a supervised work-based placement in each of the second and third years of the course.

Note: Garda clearance is required for all students taking this programme.


Year 1
Semester 1 Semester 2
Key Themes in Sociology Social Facts & Structures
Introduction to Social Policy Social Policy in Context
Psychology of Human Behaviour Introduction to Social Care Law
Applied Social Studies 1 History of Social Care in 20th Century Ireland
History of Social Care in 19th Century Ireland Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Personal & Professional Development 1 Personal & Professional Development 2
Year 2
Semester 3 Semester 4
Practice Placement 1 Inequalities and Disadvantage in Irish Social Policy
Practice Placement Portfolio 1 Individual Differences & Abnormal Psychology
Applied Social Studies 2 Modernisation & Social Change
Personal & Professional Development 3
Child in Irish law
Applied Social Studies 3
Year 3
Semester 5 Semester 6
Domestic Violence Law and Mental Health Law in Ireland Practice Placement 2
Challenges for Irish Social Policy Practice Placement Portfolio 2
Class, Idealogy and Social Movements Applied Social Studies 5
Social Psychology
Personal & Professional Development 4
Applied Social Studies 4
Leaving Cert: 5 subjects: O6/H7 English or Irish: O6/H7
English Language Requirements: If English is not your first language click here for a comprehensive list of all English Language Requirements.

Advanced Entry

Students who have completed all or part of a third level qualification, may be eligible for entry into years other than year 1 of this course.

To find out more, visit  Advanced Entry

Graduates may take up employment in the state sector and in community-based organisations. Social care workers may work with:

  • Children and adolescents in residential care
  • People with learning or physical disabilities
  • People who are homeless
  • People with alcohol/drug dependency
  • Families in the community
  • Older people
  • Recent immigrants to Ireland

Follow on Study

WD052 – BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies in Social Care 

“It was just over 10 years since I had completed my leaving cert. Having been out of the classroom for so long, I found the thoughts of returning to education a little daunting to say the least.

Immediately from the induction day in September, it was apparent that Waterford institue Of Technology had a stuctured support system in place to aid students, young and old with any problems or concerns they may of had. Each week the lectures would facilitate a tutorial class. I found these very helpful in gaining an understanding of some of the more difficult subjects. My favourite subject is Sociology because it allows me to view various aspects of society from different perspectives and also gives me an insight into how society works!

At present I’ve just completed my first year of my 3 year degree. As part of my course I will now move on to a 3 month work placement in September 2012. I’m really looking forward to this as it will give me an opportunity to put the theory into practice.

My experience of returning to education has being very positive, it just goes to show that with a little hard work and determination anything is possible.”

Stephan Whelan, WD018
BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care

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  • Address WIT, Humanities Dept. College St, Waterford.
  • Phone 051 302000
  • Category Social Care, Soc. Science, Social,Childcare and Community
  • Location Waterford City

Course Information

Course Information
  • Course Length 3 years
  • Start date 3 years
  • Time 3 years
  • Facebook Page 3 years


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