New degree to focus on quality of care for older people


14th June 2010

DIT has introduced a new degree programme in Social Care Practice, designed for those working with older people in different care settings. The degree is the first of its kind to be offered in Ireland and represents a response to the emerging social care training needs in this sector. According to Dr. Carmel Gallagher, School of Social Sciences and Law, ?Recent legislation and policy developments have highlighted the importance of sustained quality of care to improve overall quality of life for older people. This course is interdisciplinary in nature, addressing social and psychological theory, professional practice, creative and experiential modules and skills training. It provides a holistic approach to older people in their family, community and care contexts.?

Since the degree involves work-based learning, applicants must be currently working with older people for approximately 20 hours per week. The course will run on one day per week, with two 1-week block learning modules during each academic year. The duration of the BA in Social Care Practice (Older People) is three years and the award is a Level 7 Bachelor degree. Lectures will take place in the School of Social Sciences and Law, DIT Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.

Further information and application details are available from:

Department of Social Sciences
DIT Mountjoy Square
Dublin 1.
Tel: 01-4024164

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