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Social Care / Cúram Sóisialta


What is... Social Care?

Social care workers plan and provide professional, individual or group care to clients with personal and social needs. Client groups are varied and include children and adolescents in residential care; young people in detention schools; people with intellectual or physical disabilities; people who are homeless; people with alcohol/drug dependency; families in the community; or older people. Social care workers strive to support, protect, guide and advocate on behalf of clients. Social care work is based on interpersonal relationships which require empathy, strong communication skills, self awareness and an ability to use critical reflection. Teamwork and interdisciplinary work are also important.   

Located in the new Grangegorman campus in 2014 [+find out more]

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Social care is a profession characterised by working with marginalised or disadvantaged people in a caring, compassionate way. Graduates may work with children and adolescents in residential child care, people with intellectual disabilities, the homeless, people with alcohol/drug dependency, families in the community, the aged, asylum seekers/refugees and so on.   

What other options  do I have after completion?  

Graduates of this Level 8 programme will be eligible to progress to Masters Degrees (Level 9) in a wide range of disciplines across the Social Sciences, e.g. MA in Child, Family and Community Studies; Masters in Social Work; MA in Criminology.

Learning Outcomes:  What will I Study?  

Specifically, the aims are: 

  • To familiarise students with the latest concepts and theoretical developments in the relevant academic disciplines.
  • To facilitate the personal development of students as self-aware, reflective, altruistic, empathic social care professionals. 
  • To provide students with a structured, supervised exposure to social care practice, by means of practice placements. 
  • To develop skills relevant to social care practice. 

The objective of the course is that, upon graduation, students will be eligible for employment as social care workers. Specifically, graduates will: 

  • Have experienced three different practice placements, in a variety of social care settings, which will prepare them for professional practice and enable them to make informed choices as to which area of practice they are best suited. 
  • Be equipped to study at Masters level and, ultimately, to contribute to the Irish social care research literature. 

The learning outcomes of the BA (Hons.) in Social Care are: 

  • An ability to critically analyse social arrangements and to act as agents of social change, not just as deliverers of a service: shaping services rather than merely delivering them. 
  • Strong critical reflection and analytic ability with respect to service delivery. 
  • A confidence in their knowledge base and their potential to assume leadership positions in the social care sector. 
  • An ability to search out information from a range of documentary and electronic sources; to frame coherent research questions and produce high quality written reports.  

Module Listing

Year One

  • Philosophical and Sociological Perspectives on Irish Society 
  • Psychology & Human Development
  • Principles of Professional Practice in Social Care
  • Introduction to Irish Social Policy
  • Intellectual Disabilities & Social care work with older people
  • Introduction to the Art Process in Education & Development
  • Drama in Education Health & Well-Being
  • Communications
  • Law
  • Skills development Tutorials
  • Practice Placement (210 hours to be organised by the School)

Year Two 

  • Social Theory & Contemporary Themes in Society
  • Irish Social Policy in context
  • Psychological perspectives on mental health
  • Principles of Professional Practice in Social Care
  • Research Methods
  • Working with Communities
  • Drama or Understanding & Facilitating the Art Process in Social Care Practice
  • Specialist modules
  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Practice Placement (420 hours to be organised by the School)    

Year Three

  • Social Policy & Social Change
  • Law & Critical Social Care Practice Perspectives
  • Social Psychology
  • Skills & Approaches to Professional Helping
  • Principles of Professional Practice in Social Care
  • Research Methods
  • Research Portfolio
  • Management in social Care
  • Integrated Learning Portfolio
  • Practice Placement (420 hours to be organised by the school)

Are there study abroad options?

There is an opportunity in 3rd year to study abroad on the Erasmus programme.

Further Information  

School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences

T: 01 402 4164 (School Office) 



What our Students say!   

  • In general, I found all staff very approachable and genuine. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of first year. The highlight was without doubt my placement.   
  • The experience of first year was very interesting and extremely good fun. While some classes were very challenging, the help given from the lecturers was readily available and really accessible. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in a career in social care.