Social Care Work (BA)

  • Course Code

    MT 573

  • Field of Study

    Social Care

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:


  • 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. Selection is by way of shortlisting and competitive interview which is informed by equality legislation and equal opportunities.  


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is when formal recognition is given for what you already know prior to starting on a programme or module. With recognition of prior learning, the focus is on learning and not on experience as such. You can apply for RPL in any MTU accredited programme or module. Any recognition of prior learning will be considered on a case by case basis by the Head of Department with the assistance of the programme team, and the RPL Officer. The student will need to evidence how their prior learning maps to the full complement of Learning Outcomes for a particular module to facilitate achievement of the Standards of Proficiency for Social Care Workers. For detailed information on RPL, please click here.

Garda Vetting
MTU 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 University reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending.

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Info re MTU Mathematics Exam only
Some students who apply to MTU courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU 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. Students need to undertake a minimum of 800 hours in a minimum of two appropriate social care work settings.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subject is English.

Further studies

Graduates who achieve the specified level of academic performance in the Bachelor of Arts in Social Care Work are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Work (duration 1 year).


Applied Social Studies

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


Recorded November 2021





MT 573 Course Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork


Social Care Work is a profession where people work in partnership with those who experience marginalisation or discrimination, or who have special needs.


Social care workers 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.


About the Course
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 creative food preparation, and sport and leisure.


Work Placement

There is mandatory work placement as follows

  • Year 1: 6 week placement (180 hours)
  • Year 2: 12 week placement (280 hours)
  • Year 3: 12 week placement (360 hours)


Students need to undertake a minimum of 800 hours in a minimum of two appropriate social care work settings.


NB:  While evidence or medical certification will explain an absence, it does not reduce the attendance requirements of placement (minimum placement hours) as stipulated in MTU’s work placement module descriptors. Students who miss placement hours will be required to make up these hours.


Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to one year add on


Suitably qualified graduates of the BA (Honours) in Social Care Work 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 person-to-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)


Can I convert to a Social Worker after completing the Social Care Work qualification, i.e. BA in Social Care Work MT 573?
It is not possible to ‘convert’ to be a Social Worker with the BA (Honours) in Social Care Work (Level 8). To become a Social Worker, you will need to complete a Masters in Social Work (Level 9).

Graduate Profile

Jennifer Cotter
Rehabilitation Training Officer

“The three work placements provided pivotal learning and gave me the opportunity to practice and hone my professional skills. I successfully completed the Level 8 one year honours degree programme.


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 (now called MTU).”

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:


Bachelor of Arts in Social Care Work (Level 7)


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

Graduates are prepared for work as a Social Care Worker. The applied and practical aspect of the work is very important.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Social Care Services for Adults & Children with additional needs-Residential/Community Care
  • Homeless Services
  • Community Care Teams in Elder Care
  • Integrated Care Teams in Mental Health Care
  • Family Support Services
  • Disability (Intellectual and Physical) Support Services
  • Addiction Services
  • Residential Care Centres
  • Community Projects
  • Family Casework
  • Probation and Welfare Agencies
  • Hostels for Adolescents
  • Travellers Centres
  • 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:

Entry 2021: 360

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Aoife Johnson
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