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Course Code: TL 190
Duration: 3
Apply to: CAO
No. of Places: 50
NFQ Level: 7

What is Social Care

Social care is a profession where people work in partnership with those who experience marginalisation or disadvantage 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, the homeless, and people with alcohol/drug dependency, families in the community, older people, and recent immigrants to Ireland.

Graduates of this programme are referred to as Social Care Practitioners and will typically work in a direct person-to-person capacity with the users of services.They will seek to provide an environment in which various social, educational and relationship interventions can take place in the day to day living space of the service user.

A Social Worker’s role on the other hand is to manage the case, for example, co-ordinating case review meetings and negotiating the termination of a placement. Work in the sector is typically interdisciplinary and it would be very likely that social care workers, social workers, early childhood care workers, etc. would work together in multi-disciplinary teams in many work situations.

Why study Social Care at IT, Tralee?

The course at the ITT is delivered through lectures, workshops and two full semesters of off-site supervised practice placement. In this course, it is essential that students develop and refine practical working skills/methods in field-based settings and demonstrate their competence in performing social care roles. To meet this requirement, the fieldwork visits/placements are structured into the course to ensure that graduates are fully prepared for the diversity that the sector can offer.

What are my career opportunities

Due to the broad range of discipline areas covered on the programme there are a wide variety of career opportunities for graduates in the public and voluntary sector, in the areas of residential care, outreach, alcohol/drug dependency, family support, community care, older people, juvenile justice and community childcare services.

Graduates can also work as carers of children in need of care and protection, carers of children with special needs, carers of adults with special needs and or behavioural difficulties. Community care workers are involved in providing outreach and family support services for children and adults living at home.

Career options exist in a variety of settings including the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the substantial voluntary and community sectors. The broad nature of the placement experience on this programme provides students with an opportunity to decide the field that they are best suited to.

Other Requirements

Satisfactory Garda Vetting is a mandatory part of registration for this programme. Failure to obtain satisfactory Garda Vetting will result in de-registration. Any offence and/or convictions arising after registration must be disclosed to the Institute immediately.The Institute reserves right to review the registration status of a student in light of additional information received subsequent to registration.

Progression Level 8

BA (Hons) in Social Care (+1 Year)

Progression Level 9

NEW TAUGHT MASTERS - Master of Arts in Applied Social Studies commencing AY 2012/13

Full or Part-time Research Postgraduate Programmes

Taught Masters Programmes