(Professional Social Care) in collaboration with Carlow IT
(Two Years- Part Time)

What is this programme about?

The aim of this programme is to develop graduates who are equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills in social care practice to enable them to make a professional contribution to communities, groups, societies and organisations both nationally and internationally and to prepare graduates for lifelong learning so that they will be able to further develop and consolidate their knowledge and skills through experience, professional and/ or academic education. All successful applicants will be have to complete 800 hours of Supervised Professional Practice as part of this programme.

N.B. Because of the significant placement element to this programme the duration of the programme is dependent on whether the student is working in the social care sector or not.

Entry requirements All applicants must have successfully completed the Advanced Certificate in Social, Health & Community Studies (QQI Level 6).  Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme. Applicants should currently or previously have been employed in a social care or related setting. Applicants without this experience will be expected to secure themselves an appropriate placement prior to commencement of the programme.


Year 2  Mandatory Subjects Legal Studies 1, Supervised Professional Practice 1, Protection of Children & Vulnerable Persons, Disability Studies, Ageing Studies, Cognitive & Social Psychology, Sociology 2.

Year 3 Mandatory Subjects Legal Studies 2, Management for Social Care, Supervised Professional Practice 2, Social Research Studies, Creative Skills 2 Abnormal Psychology, Alternative to Home Care Children & Families.

Progression Students who successfully complete Year 2 may opt to exit with a Higher Certificate in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care). After successful completion of Year 2 and 3 students may opt to exit with a Level 7 Ordinary Degree.

Frequency 2 nights per week 7.00 – 10.00pm in Portlaoise Institute with some Saturdays throughout the year.

Fees Contact Portlaoise Institute

IT Carlow and Portlaoise Institute uses the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) vetting service to assess the suitability of all applicants. Therefore, offers on this programme are conditional and could subsequently be withdrawn if applicants do not meet the Garda Vetting requirements.

Contact: Patricia Cullen on 057 8621480 or e-mail pcullen@portlaoisecollege.ie

AWARDED BY IT CARLOW and delivered within Portlaoise Institute

Information Evening on Wednesday 26th April 2017 @7.30pm in Portlaoise Institute