Course Overview

The Applied Social Studies in Social Care programme will equip students with the knowledge, skills and competencies of contemporary Social Care work. There is an emphasis on developing professionalism and reflective practice. With the qualification, graduates will be able to take up front line positions in a diverse range of social care services. Alternatively, the course may be used as a progression qualification into Probation and Social Work.

Year 4 is an add-on honours year which broadens the scope of students’ understanding of Social Care Theory and Practice, and further develops their problem solving and analytical skills. On the successful completion of the fourth year, graduates are professionally qualified, competent, emotionally mature and capable of taking on leadership roles. 

Year 4 also prepares students for Post Graduate study.  The key modules include professional practice, social research, sociology, psychology, social policy, law and ethics. There is also a strong focus on the use of creative tools to develop the students’ own imaginative responses to social problems and issues.

The course is challenging and diverse. From day one the students will be involved in questioning and creating knowledge, about how people relate to one another and about their own selves.
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