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  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 6
    Applied Social Sciences
    Limerick (Moylish)

    What is the programme about?

    The Level 6 Higher Certificate in Social and Community Studies has been designed in consultation with employers, so its content is relevant to employment in the development sector in Ireland. There is a substantial practical component to this programme so students will develop the real skills and competencies required for the workplace. The practical placement in year two is a key element of the programme which will allow students apply their learning in a real-life environment.

    Students on this programme will develop competencies and skills that will enable them to enter a career in development and social inclusion work. Through practical learning experiences, students will learn how to communicate effectively verbally and in written reports; conduct basic research and analysis and work as part of a team.

    The focus of the course in on helping community groups to analyse issues affecting them and identify solutions to problems; support voluntary organisations and volunteers to work effectively; challenge discrimination and inequality in communities.

    Who is the programme suited to?

    This programme will be of interest to people who wish to learn more about contemporary Irish society and the issues impacting on local communities. In addition to Leaving Cert. applicants, we also welcome applications from mature persons, FETAC students, members of the travelling community or other ethnic minority groups, persons with a disability, those who may be unemployed or in receipt of social welfare assistance.

    The programme may be of particular interest to people who are currently involved in community work as volunteers or paid workers and who are interested in gaining qualifications to enhance future work opportunities. It may also be of interest to people who have previously undertaken short courses in Youth and Community Work, Community Development, Women’s Studies or Social Studies.

    Potential Applicants please note:

    This programme specialises in Community Development and as such it does not offer a specialisation or qualification in Social Care. All Applicants accepting a place on this programme will be required to obtain Garda Clearance prior to full registration on the programme.

    Programme Aims:

    Programme has been designed in consultation with employers. Substantial work placement component to this programme enabling learning in a practical environment.

    • Work placement will be closely mentored by professionals in the field.
    • Innovative assessment methods emphasising professional skills development.
    • Staff have extensive experience and ongoing engagement in the development sector.
    • This specialist programme has a restricted number of places available and small class sizes allow
    • Individual attention and more focused learning.
    • Option to continue on to a Level 8 BA (Honours) programme after 2nd year.

    Other Information

    As this programme aims to enable participants to develop the skills and professional practice necessary for entry into a community development career, placement modules are a key component of the learning approach. In second year students will undertake mandatory placement work of 200 hours in the first semester.


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