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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care

CAO code: BN107 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • Special circumstances
  • QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates


Duration: 4 years
NFQ level: 8
Method of application: CAO
2017 Points : 300
Award title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6; 60 @ NFQ Level 7; 60 @ NFQ Level 8
Awarding Body: ITB  

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate applicants will require a H5 in any two higher level subjects and a 06/H7 in four other subjects, these subjects must include Maths and English or Irish.

Foundation level mathematics will meet the minimum entry requirement where a grade F2 or higher is achieved.

Mature students may be admitted without meeting these formal minimum requirements.

Minimum entry requirements for QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates, see


Note : There is a quota on the number of places on this programme for applicants presenting QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) awards.

Additional Requirements

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Course Content

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Sociology
  • Skills for Success in Higher Education
  • Introduction to Disability Studies
  • Introduction to Creative Studies
  • Professional Practice - Context
Semester 2
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Institutions in Irish Society
  • Communication Structures & Skills
  • Promoting Health & Wellbeing
  • Professional Practice - Skills
  • Creative Studies in Social Care Settings
Year 2
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Policy for Social Care
  • Cultural Diversity & Intercultural Competence
  • Group & Team Dynamics in Social Care
  • Legal Studies
  • Placement Preparation & Developing Competence for Social Care Practice
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Social Care: Placement Practice
Year 3
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Sociology and the Family
  • Research Methods and Practice
  • Legal Studies Application
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Social Care: Advanced Placement Practice
  • Reflectice Practice Portfolio
Year 4
Semester 1
  • Challenging Behaviour in the Social Care Sector
  • Advanced Research Methods and Practice 1
  • Leadership & Supervision in Social Care Practice
  • Contemporary Policy & Practice Issues in Social Care
  • * Elective – Successful Ageing and Social Care Practice or Combating Racism & Cultural Mediation or Issues & Practice in the Disability Sector

* Two Electives must be selected from Semester 1
Semester 2
  • Child Protection Practice & Policy
  • Advanced Research Methods and Practice 2
  • Management in Social Care Practice
  • ** Elective – Mental Health & Therapeutic Interventions or Understanding Substance Misuse or Advocacy in the Social Care Sector

** Two Electives must be selected from Semester 2

NOTE: All of the above Electives in Year 4 are planned in harmonisation with mandatory modules; however, additional electives may be offered in the future to reflect educational requirements in specialist areas within the social care sector.

The choice of electives are dependent upon learner demand and resource availability and may vary from year to year.

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What our students say...

Kellie Cunniffee

"I chose this course at ITB because I love working with people and helping in anyway I can. The 13 week placements really give you a taster of what it's like. I knew from the placements that Social Care was my area and what I really want to do when I qualify. While on placement this year I was nominated for an award from the college for an intervention I did on placement with people with dementia. From there I came third and went on to compete in Irelands Best Entrepreneur, where I won my category in Cavan and went onto the National Level but narrowly missed out on the prize.”
Kellie Cunniffee
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies

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