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Social Care (BA)

  • Course Code

    CR 031

  • Field of Study

    Social Care

  • Type of Course:

    Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BA

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

• score the necessary CAO points
• undergo Garda vetting and
• meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

A number of places on the Bachelor Degree are usually available to mature students and other non-standard applicants. The Bachelor Degree is also available through ACCS on a modular study basis for persons working full-time in care.

Garda Vetting
Please note: CIT uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.

Depending upon the outcome of the vetting process, the Institute reserves the following rights:
1. to not register a student
2. to remove an existing registered student
3. to delay the student’s practice placement modules.

In all circumstances, it is the applicant student’s responsibility to proactively disclose any convictions/cases pending. The Institute reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending.


Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.

Work Placement

At present, the following are the placement arrangements: Year 1: 6 weeks placement. Year 2: 10 weeks placement. Year 3: 60 days(spread over two semesters).

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subject is English.

Course summary

The course strikes a balance between theory and practice. Material from disciplines is organised and presented in ways which enable students to see its relevance to the objectives of the course, to the placement settings and their own supervised practice.

Further studies

Graduates who achieve the specified level of academic performance in the Bachelor of Arts in Social Care are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care, 1 year full-time or by ACCS mode.

Department(s)

Applied Social Studies

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - OPEN DAYS 2017

26th October 
National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, County Cork

17th November 
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
 
18th November
CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork

For more information, please click here

 

For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here

 

A key Irish source of information related to social care practice can be accessed at http://www.socialstudies.ie

Social Care is a profession where people work in partnership with those who experience marginalisation or discrimination or who have special needs. Social care practitioners may work, for example, with children and adolescents in residential care; people with learning or physical disabilities; people who are homeless; people with alcohol/drug dependency; families in a community setting; or recent migrants to Ireland.

Social care practitioners may be employed in either the state (statutory sector i.e. the Dept. of Health and Children) and what is termed the non-governmental sector i.e. organisations such as Barnardos, Enable Ireland, Focus Ireland, The Brothers of Charity and many others.

Social care practitioners may work, for example, with children and adolescents in residential care; people with learning or physical disabilities; people who are homeless; people with alcohol/drug dependency; families in a community setting; or recent migrants to Ireland.

The courses offered include a Bachelor Degree, Honours Bachelor Degree, Masters Degree and Doctor of Philosophy, thereby providing foundation, professional and post-qualifying levels of training.

What kind of person are you?
As an intending student, you should have abilities and aptitudes for working with and caring for people. You should discuss this with guidance counsellors, teachers and other advisors. The qualities needed include leadership and an even temperament. It is also advisable to obtain some practical work experience in one of the job settings mentioned below and to discuss what is involved in such work with those already employed in the field.

About the Course

CR031 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

The course aims to strike a balance between theory and practice. Material from disciplines is organised and presented in ways which enable students to see its relevance to the objectives of the course, to the placement settings and their own supervised practice. The student will be given the opportunity of acquiring some practical skills needed in this type of work, such as household management, sport and leisure.

Work Placement

Year 1: 6 week placement
Year 2: 10 week placement
Year 3: 60 days (spread over the two semesters)

Such placements enable the student to apply theory taught on the course to a professional placement and to appreciate the number of, and variety of, relevant work situations including:

• Residential Care Centres
• Community Projects
• Family Casework
• Adoption/Fostering Agencies
• Probation and Welfare Agencies
• Hostels for Adolescents
• Travellers Centres
• Special Schools
• Centres for the Elderly
• Centres for Asylum Seekers
• Youth Centres

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to
> Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care, (Level 8) 1 year full-time or by ACCS mode

Honours Degree holders who achieve the specified level of academic performance are eligible to apply for a postgraduate course of study, both at CIT and at other third level colleges in Ireland and abroad.

Question Time

What is the difference between a Social Care Worker and a Social Worker?
A Social Care Worker will typically work in a direct personto- person capacity with clients. He or she will seek to provide a caring, stable environment in which various social, educational and relationship interventions can take place in the day-to-day living space of the client.

The Social Worker’s role is to manage the ‘case’, e.g. arranging the residential child care placement in which a child is placed; coordinating case review meetings; negotiating the termination of a placement; and responding to child protection concerns in a given area. (Social Care Ireland 2011)

Am I fully qualified to work as a Social Care Worker after successfully completing the three years study in CR 031?
Yes. The BA in Social Care is the nationally recognised qualification for working as a Social Care Worker.

Can I convert to a Social Worker after completing the Social Care qualification, i.e. BA in Social Care CR 031?
It is not possible to ‘convert’ to be a Social Worker with the BA (Honours) in Social Care. To become a Social Worker, you will need to complete a Masters in Social Work.

Suitably qualified graduates of the BA (Honours) in Social Care may also be eligible to apply for a range of other Postgraduate courses, such as Occupational Therapy, Social Care, Community Development, etc.

 

Graduate Profile

Dr Aoife Killeen
Social Care Worker

“I chose Social Care in CIT as it provided me with the opportunity to learn and practice in a diverse area. Having been awarded a BA (Honours) in Social Care in 2008, I carried on and achieved a Ph.D. in Social Care in 2014.

 

Having worked in the community and residential care, I now work as a part time social care worker and researcher, with a view to lecturing full time in the area. I have taken part in various social care conferences and had a chapter in the 2014 publication “Social Care - Learning from Practice” based on my residential work experience.

I put my positive progression through the years down to the support I received from those involved in social care in CIT.”


Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link: Bachelor of Arts in Social Care (Level 7)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care (Level 8)


Career Opportunities

The BA in Social Care is the nationally recognised qualification for working as a Social Care Worker in either the residential area or in the community. The applied and practical aspect of the work is very important.

Graduates are employed in a wide variety of care settings and employments such as Residential Care Centres, Community Projects, Youth Centres, Family Casework, Elder Care Centres, Adoption/Fostering Agencies, Probation and Welfare Agencies, Hostels for adolescents/young adults, Travellers Centres, etc.

Potential Areas of Employment
• Residential Care Centres
• Community Projects
• Family Casework
• Residential Centres
• Adoption/Fostering Agencies
• Probation and Welfare Agencies
• Hostels for Adolescents
• Travellers Centres
• Special Schools
• Centres for the Elderly
• Centres for Asylum Seekers
• Youth Centres


Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)

 

 

EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.
 

CAO 1st Round:

342

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Ms Roisín Lane
roisin.lane@cit.ie
021 433 5324