Graduates of the B.A. in Applied Social Studies (Social Care) work in a wide variety of settings, such as community-based projects for young people, in residential care for children who cannot be cared for by their own families, or with adults or children who have disabilities. Social Care Practitioners are employed in statutory or voluntary settings. Many graduates continue their studies to Master’s degree level.

An important element of the course is the practice placement of twelve weeks which must be completed at Stages 2 and 3. The theory learned in the classroom is applied in the work setting and the students benefit from the expertise of professionals who demonstrate the necessary skills and techniques used by Social Care Practitioners. It is only when encountering real life situations that the relevance of material learned in the classroom becomes obvious to the student. Practice placement gives the student the opportunity to develop their interests, skills and enthusiasm; to experience effective team work, and to see the impact of social circumstances and policies on the lives of people.
Course Information

Programme Code: PC404

Duration: 3 Years

Level: 7 (level 8 option after year 3)


What students of the Applied Social Studies Programme had to say...

The programme is up-to-date and relevant. The placement element is a great preparation for a career in social care.

Michael Lillis Social Studies class of '12

As a mature student I found the staff, my fellow students and the whole learning environment very supportive. I am glad I chose Carlow College.

Jacinta Hayden class of '13

I would describe Carlow College as friendly. The staff and fellow students are very welcoming and aim to do their best for everyone involved in the College. I loved my time in the College and I made some lifelong friends there.

Joanne Dowling, Social Studies class of '14