Social Studies 1
The overall aim of this course is to introduce the learner to the area of sociology and social studies. This course will provide the learner with the opportunity to develop their understanding and awareness in the area of Applied Social Studies. Successful students can progress to further or higher education or gain employment in the social care sector. The course features an opportunity to gain experience in a voluntary capacity in a variety of organisations. The course includes educational field trips, off-campus research, guest speakers and practical team working projects for experience based learning.
QQI Level 5
Certificate in Applied Social Studies
This is a one year full time course.
Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Applications are particularly sought from those with experience in voluntary or community organisations. Mature students without formal qualifications are most welcome to apply. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability.
The following subjects may be offered:
- Social Studies
This module aims to introduce learners to the area of sociology and social studies. It also aims to develop their understanding and awareness of social issues in their own lives and society in general.
- Intercultural Studies
This module equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to explore, reflect and analyse intercultural studies. These could include issues such as diversity, racism, prejudice, conflict, equality and interdependence.
- Care Provision & Practice
This module will equip learners with the knowledge to understand the roles and responsibilities of care workers, the needs of groups requiring care and the interpersonal qualities needed to work in a range of care environments.
This module introduces learners to psychological perspectives, psychology as a science and psychological disorders. It provides learners with the knowledge, skills and capacity to understand psychological processes.
- Equality and Disability
This module will equip learners with the knowledge, skill and competence to challenge personal and/or organisational behaviour that discriminates against people with disabilities. It will provide learners with an awareness of the importance of equality for people with disabilities in all areas of society.
- Legal Practice and Procedures
This module facilitates learners in developing a general understanding of the Irish legal system.
- Community Arts Practice
The module is designed to develop the knowledge and skills
necessary to work under direction in a community arts context, and involves learners participating in experiential learning activities.
This module facilitates learners to acquire communication skills relevant to vocational and personal development. Learners will explore the use of modern information and communications technology, in personal and vocational life.
- Work Experience
This module provides the learner with the personal knowledge, skills and ability to participate in a suitable work placement under supervision for a limited time.
- Word Processing
This module equips learners with the necessary skills to use a word processing application to produce a variety of documents.
This course offers the opportunity to work in a number of voluntary and caring agencies. Links provided through work experience have led to students becoming full-time care assistants.
390 CAO Points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- BA Early Years and Childhood Studies (CK111)
- BSocSc. Social Studies (CK102)
- BA Arts (CK101)
- BA Social Care (CR031)
- BA Early Years Education (CR620)
- Social Studies 2, Certificate in Information, Advice and Advocacy, (QQI Level 6, 6M3115)
Students who wish to use the progression links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.
The strong feature of this course is the range of work experience on offer to the student.
Links with family centres, youth organisations and a variety of other community groups provide a practical element essential to this course.