City scape

Social Care Practice - Advanced

This programme provides advanced, specialised training and knowledge in the field of social care.

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 like: child abuse and protection, domestic violence, mental health, promoting equality of opportunity for those with special needs; as well as the rights and social inclusion of the marginalised 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 future of social care focuses on promoting high standards of: professional conduct, education, training and competence as outlined by CORU. In line with this, educational bodies will deliver qualifications that prepare professionals ensuring that social care workers keep their professional knowledge and skills up to date through the pedagogies of Continued Professional Education (CPE). The MA/PgD. in Advanced Social Care Practice is designed to support professionals in extending their knowledge and skills to a higher level, including unique and emerging techniques linked to evidence-based practice. It will encourage social care workers to keep themselves well-informed on current policy, strategy and quality considerations that impact on their work.

This innovative programme has been designed after extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders to identify the current needs of the sector. Furthermore, each future module will be created following annual consultation with the social care sector i.e. social care workers, agencies, and organisations.

Programme Content
Any learner who enrols will have three potential avenues open to them as follows:
• Master of Arts in Advanced Social Care Practice: Completion of designed modules worth 40 credits in addition to the flolowing two modules, a "Research Methods" module and a "Dissertation".
• Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice: Completion of six (10 credit) designed modules of choice over time.
• Minor Award (Level 9) associated with the Master of Arts in Advance Social Care Practice: Completion of one designed module.

New modules will be introduced in response to key developments in the area of social care. This innovative process is designed to respond to the sector's education needs in a flexible, timely and appropriate manner. It is demand driven and content will evolve along with the sector and the changing environment.

Entry requirements

The Institute's MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice is a programme designed specifically for social care workers, who wish to pursue qualifications at postgraduate diploma and masters level (Level 9).

Applicants for a place on our MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice will be required to meet two main entry criteria:
• Hold a BA ( Honours) Degree - Level 8 in Applied Social Studies/Social Care or Cognate Discipline and
• Be currently employed in the social care sector

*This programme will not necessarily entitle you to register as a social care worker if you do not hold an appropriate undergraduate social care qualification


Course Structure
This programme is delivered on a part-time basis, each module is run over a semester 12/13 weeks in duration, as per AIT academic calendar. This flexible mode of delivery includes one evening per week (per module) from 6pm-9pm, and one Friday from 10am to 4pm. The programme aims to facilitate two modules each semester pending modular demand.

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this course may be eligible to pursue postgraduate training and research leading to Masters and PhD (NFQ Levels 9 and 10) qualifications.

Further enquiries

Tel: +353 (0) 90 646 8130

Ms. Pearl Moore
(Programme Coordinator)
Tel: +353 (0) 90 647 1875

Subjects taught

The current MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice (PG Steps) modules are as follows:
• Contemporary approaches in Intellectual Disability Practice.
• Contemporary Development in Social Care Practice (5 credits)
• Academic Writing for post graduate study (5 credits)
• Behaviours that Challenge
• Mental Health, Law and Policy
• Approaches to Supporting Families
• Interpersonal Conflict: Prevention & Resolution
• Approaches to Care with Older People
• Managing for Professional Social Care Practice
• Research Methods (Prerequisite: the completion of three existing modules)
• Dissertation (Prerequisite: the completion of three existing modules & Research Methods)

Please note: modules are run pending demand, so please ensure to list all modules of interest on your application form/cover letter.

Application date

Further Information
Further detailed information can be obtained at:
visit us on our face book page at "AIT Social Care Postgraduate Steps"

Online application can be made at

Course fee

Course Fees: €750 per module

Enrolment and start dates

Course Commencement Date:
September and January of the current academic year

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!