Applied Social Studies
QQI Level 5 - Applied Social Studies (5M2181)


  • Intercultural Studies
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Community Arts Practice
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Political Studies
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Work Experience
  • Patient and Manual Handling
  • Occupational First Aid
  • MAPA© Management of Actual and Potential Aggression


  • Youth Worker
  • Care Assistant
  • Support Work
  • Disability Care
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Residential Care

Courses Description

The course introduces students to the broad area of social care. It is a foundation/springboard into social care work and social worker progression courses or can lead directly into the workplace.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of interview.
  • Applications from mature students will be considered.
  • Applicants will be required to undertake Garda vetting.
  • Written references.


  • QQI Level 5 – Applied Social Studies (5M2181)


  • The full QQI Level 5 Certificate facilitates entry, on a competitive basis, to a range of third-level institutions nationwide.
    Further details are available from the relevant institutions. Progression to the Advanced Certificate in Social Care in WCFE is also possible.
  • Specific progression links are available with WIT and IT Carlow for this course (see page 49 of brochure).

Additional Costs

  • There are no tuition fees. However, costs may be anticipated for:
  • Occupational First Aid (€90)
  • Patient and Manual Handling (€50)
  • MAPA© (€25)
  • Textbooks: Approx. €100
  • Hepatitis B Injections (through your GP or medical centre)

Work Experience

Work experience placement in a related vocational area is an integral part of this course. Students must obtain one day per week work experience for the academic year. The day will be specified by the College. There will also be one week of block placement in the first and second terms.


One Year

N.B. Due to ongoing developments in QQI awards, names and content are subject to change.

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