Social Studies - Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care

What is this programme about?
This programme provides an opportunity for students to study for a one-year Higher Diploma in Applied Social Studies. The programme allows people to qualify as Social Care Workers. It is designed for graduates of non-Social Care disciplines who are working or wish to work in the Social Care sector. Successful applicants must undertake 800 hours of supervised professional practice as part of this Higher Diploma.

Special Features of this programme
Learners on this programme must complete 800 hours of Supervised Professional Practise in the Social Care sector.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum Level 8 qualification in a non- social care area. Garda vetting is required for this programme. Offers are conditional and may be withdrawn if applicants do not meet the Garda Vetting requirements. All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. IT Carlow reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.


1 year part-time.


Careers or further progression

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
On completion of this programme, students should be equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills in Applied Social Studies to enable them to make a professional contribution to social care nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning
Joseph Collins

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Introduction to Social Care
Protection of Children and Vulnerable Persons
Disability Services
Ageing Studies
Alternative to Home Care
Children & Families
Creative Skills 2
Supervised Practice - Work based learning

Assessment method

Exam information
Modules completed in Term 1 will, where applicable, be examined in early December 2019. Modules completed in Term 2 will, where applicable, be examined in May 2020.

Course fee

CWL29 Higher Diploma in Arts in Applied Social Studies CARLOW Part-time 8 60 €2,500

CWW10 Higher Diploma in Arts in Applied Social Studies WICKLOW Part-time 8 60 €2,500

CWX09 Higher Diploma in Arts in Applied Social Studies WEXFORD Part-time 8 60 €2,500

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