Aim of Programme
The Social Care profession is dedicated to protecting and assisting the most vulnerable in our society. Social Care Workers are on the front line in attempting to address pertinent social issues, such as child protection and welfare, domestic violence, mental health, promoting equality of opportunity for those with special needs, as well as rights and social inclusion for those experiencing marginalisation in our society. Such a profession requires highly competent, confident and qualified persons with specialised training and knowledge of national and international best practice. The MA/PgD. in Advanced Social Care Practice is designed to support Social Care Workers in extending their knowledge and skills to a higher level, drawing on unique and emerging techniques linked to evidence-based practice. It will facilitate Social Care Workers to keep themselves well-informed on current policy, strategy and quality considerations that impact on their work. This innovative programme was designed after extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders to identify needs of the sector. Modules are developed on an ongoing basis in consultation with the Social Care sector i.e. Social Care Workers, agencies and organisations to meet current and emerging needs.
• Master of Arts in Advanced Social Care Practice (Level 9): Completion of designed modules worth 40 credits plus Research Methods and Dissertation (total 70 credits),
• Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice (Level 9): Completion of designed modules (total 60 credits) of choice, excluding Research Methods and Dissertation,
• Minor Award (Level 9) associated with the Master of Arts in Advanced Social Care Practice: Completion of one designed module.