Bachelor of Arts in Social Care

Course Description

From 1st January 2019, this programme shall be offered by the new Technological University Dublin at our Grangegorman campus, Dublin 7.

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Care is a three year honours degree programme (Level 8) which qualifies graduates to work as social care workers. It is located in DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7.  DIT was the first provider of social care education in Ireland and this programme traces its roots to 1974.

Admission criteria

Admission to Year one is via the CAO. The admission criteria are six Leaving Certificate subjects, with a minimum of two honours. Also, applicants must have a minimum of OD3 in mathematics and OD3 in English or Irish.

A number of places may be reserved for mature and non-standard applicants, disability and access applicants and international applicants. Non-standard applicants, disability and access applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements, as detailed above. 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. A number of places are reserved for applicants with a QQI Level 5 and/or Level 6 qualification. Such applicants also apply via the CAO. QQI Level 5 applicants must have a minimum of 5 Distinctions in a full award and some relevant experience in the social care field. Non-standard applicants, international and mature applicants should show evidence of voluntary or paid experience in the social care sector. Cognisance will be taken of former academic attainment. More detail for QQI level 5 applicants can be found


The CAO entry points in September 2018 were 377 points.

Advanced entry (to Years 2 and 3)

There is no advanced entry to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Careprogramme.Students may be considered for advanced entry to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Careprogramme (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 400 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.

Practice placement, Garda vetting & First Aid

Each year has a practice placement component (180 hours in Year 1; 400 hours in Year 2; 400 hours in Year 3). Social care students may be placed in a wide variety of statutory and voluntary agencies, in the greater Dublin area. Examples are: residential centres for children and youth, special schools, high support care, special care units, community development projects, day care and residential services for people with intellectual disabilities, community care work with children and families and family support projects.

Garda vetting will be required for all students. 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 DIT regulations. The Department of Social Sciences policy on Garda vetting can be found on our Student Resources page.

First Year students shall be required to undertake certified First Aid training, which shall be arranged by the Institute.  An extra cost (currently approx. €100) to cover the compulsory three day occupational first aid course will be included in the course fee.  For students in receipt of a SUSI grant, please note that this covers only the Student Contribution Charge (formerly known as the Student Capitation or Registration Charge).  It does not cover the cost of First Aid Training. 

Programme description

This programme is designed to provide a comprehensive grounding in theoretical and practical modules, to qualify graduates as professional social care workers. Specifically,

Year 1

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 and Ethical Perspectives on Irish Society

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


Year 2
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),


Year 3
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)

The 'Student Handbook' details all module content, assessments, learning outcomes and indicative reading lists and is available at http://www.dit.ie/llss/resources/socialsciences/

  • At a glance
  • Level 8, Bachelor of Arts
  • Duration 3 years

  • Contact
  • Dr. David Williams, Programme Chair, Bachelor of Arts in Social Care.
  • david.williams@dit.ie
  • 01-4024107
  • Rathdown House, DIT Grangegorman, Dublin 7.
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There is a demand for Graduates of Social Care in a variety of social care settings.  These include: residential group homes, juvenile detention centres, special schools, women’s refuges, drug treatment and rehabilitation units, youth work settings,  family and community projects,  agencies for people who are homeless and centres for persons with intellectual disability.

Graduates can undertake postgraduate studies in a broad spectrum of areas such as the Masters in Child, Family and Community Studies in the Department of Social Sciences here in DIT.  They may apply for a Masters in Social Care or Social Work in other colleges and universities.

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Care has strong partnerships and links with a number of social care organisations and settings. Students spend considerable time undertaking supervised professional practice in at least three different practice settings during their 3 years. Following this many students are offered work in theses setting either on a temporary or permanent basis.