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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

There is mandatory work placement in the programme. Over the course of 3 years, students are required to complete 800 hours based in 3 different placements in order to gain experience in a range of social care work settings.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subject is English.

Course summary

The course aims to strike a balance between theory and practice. Material from various 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. Important Information: The Social Care Workers Registration Board is currently preparing for the registration of the profession (CORU). It is anticipated that the Social Care Workers Registration Board will open in 2022, at the earliest. CORU’s work, in the meantime, includes the approval of education courses and requirements for registration including the code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.CORU will be assessing social care courses across Ireland for approval. In the case of CIT securing approval, graduates from the programme could apply for registration with CORU.

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 2019

7th November
National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, County Cork

15th November 
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
 
16th 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.

 

Important Information

 

The Social Care Workers Registration Board is currently preparing for the registration of the profession (CORU). It is anticipated that the Social Care Workers Registration Board will open in 2022, at the earliest.  CORU’s work, in the meantime, includes the approval of education courses and requirements for registration including the code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.CORU will be assessing social care courses across Ireland for approval.  In the case of CIT securing approval, graduates from the programme could apply for registration with CORU.

 

Overview

CR031 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus


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.


 

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.

Work Placement

There is mandatory work placement in the programme.  Over the course of 3 years, students are required to complete 800 hours based in 3 different placements in order to gain experience in a range of social care work settings.

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to

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.

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?
The regulatory landscape for the profession is changing.  We recommend that you keep informed of the work of the Social Care Workers Registration Board (CORU). CORU’s work includes the approval of education courses. Currrently, CIT is preparing its programme in consideration of CORU’s programme approval process.


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.

 

Graduate Profile

Jennifer Cotter
Rehabilitation Training Officer

“I completed three work placements throughout my four year BA (Hons) in Social Care which provided pivotal learning. I was given the opportunity to practice and hone my professional skills and this enabled me to hit the ground running when I entered the workforce. In Headway, my current role involves running daily cognitive groups that aim to stimulate different parts of the brain and assist clients to establish structure and routine following their Acquired Brain Injury. I also work as a keyworker assisting clients to achieve their personal goals and liaising with family members.

The commitment to continuously professionally develop and the art of doing so is a key skill that is appropriately emphasised 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

It is anticipated that the Social Care Workers Registration Board will open in 2022, at the earliest. In the case of CIT securing approval graduates from the programme could apply for registration.

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:

330

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Aoife Killeen
aoife.killeen@cit.ie
021 4326178