• Code: HE
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Award in Community Care (5M2786)
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  • Duration: One Year


This course introduces learners to Social Studies and Social Care work. It provides the academic foundation as well as the practical experience necessary for working in the social services or for those who wish to further their studies. Learners develop an awareness and understanding of the complexity of contemporary social issues. Promoting equality of opportunity, respecting cultural diversity and valuing the individual are some of the issues which are addressed.

Programme of Study

• Social Studies (Sociology)
• Human Growth & Development
• Care Provision & Practice
• Equality & Disability
• Addiction Studies
• Safety & Health at Work
• Communications
• Work Experience

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered.
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a distinction profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award with a distinction profile
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

All places are offered following successful interview. Garda vetting necessary prior to work placement. Learners must source their own work placement.

Career Opportunities

• Working in a range of Social Care settings, day care, residential care, home care.
• Client groups can range from children to older people.
• Working with young people in Youth Clubs or after school projects
• Homeless Services

Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

BTEC Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice (Applied Social Studies) Level 6+ (HC)

• IT Carlow:
Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care Level 8 (CW077)

• Dundalk IT:
Community Youth Work Level 7 (DK767)

• UCD:
TSC Social Science - Two Subject Combination Level 8 (DN700)

Course Co-Ordinator

Keith Fitzsimmons

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"I had been out of education for a number of years so it was a challenging environment for me both academically and socially. I received fantastic support at all levels from the college. The Course Director, teachers and staff were all very helpful and accommodating.

The college has a nice atmosphere about it so I never felt out of place.

With the help of all concerned at BIFE     I was successful in gaining a place on     a Degree programme in Social Studies  in Trinity College which I started in September 2015." - Ciarán Carroll

"I decided to take a career break from my job and return to BIFE as a mature student to undertake the Social Studies and Community Care course. All aspects of the course were beneficial especially Social Studies the knowledge of which I can carry through my day to day life. This course has given me the confidence to explore the possibility of further study and I hope to return to college to study Psychology in the near future." - Yvonne Lynch

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