There is a recognised need for a variety of qualified practitioners in the social care sector. It is worth noting that there is an identified lack of men working in this field. This Social Studies course is the ideal stepping stone to help you get to third level. A significant number of students have also gained employment in settings such as Residential Care Centres, Community Projects, Youth Centres, Centres for the Elderly/Aged, or assisting people with disabilities. Students complete 2 weeks work experience during the course in a social care setting.
Locally, there are degree courses in Social Studies in GMIT and Sligo IT and a wide range of related degree programmes throughout the country. The course also links with Arts, Social Science and Community & Youth in Maynooth. Students may also progress to Arts in NUIG and Arts (Child Youth & Family Policy and Practice).
A significant number of students have been successful in gaining employment in the Care Sector.
Additional qualifications if any
Keeping Safe Child Protection guidelines Workshop
Any of the following would satisfy entry requirements:
- Leaving Certificate/LCVP or Leaving Certificate Applied
- A FETAC Level 4 qualification
- Mature students (age 23+) are also welcome to apply
Additional/Specific Subject Requirements for this course: Garda vetting must be successfully completed.