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Social Care Work
  • Programme Code:
    LC612
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Department:
    Applied Social Sciences
    CAO Points:
    New programme @ Ennis 2019
    Duration:
    4 years (including Work Placements in Year 2 and Year 3)
    Campus:
    Ennis
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    What is the programme about?
    This programme emphasises the personal and professional development required to work in this challenging field. Social Care is the professional provision of care, protection, support, welfare and advocacy for vulnerable or dependent people individually or in groups. As a graduate, you will find employment opportunities with the HSE, statutory and voluntary organisations and with both residential and community-based agencies.

    Typically, a social care worker is employed in areas such as working with people who have: physical or learning difficulties/disabilities, young people at risk, children who have been neglected or abused, family support services, addiction services, homelessness-services, elderly people, and; in settings as diverse as residential care, day care, and community based services.

    Who is the programme suited to?
    This programme aims to prepare skilled and professionally competent graduates to work in a variety of social care settings and to facilitate students in acquiring the relevant knowledge and skills to engage in professional reflective practice. The qualities needed to become a good social care worker include: energy, enthusiasm, empathy, patience, optimism and a genuine interest in working with the most deprived and marginalized groups in society.

    Garda Vetting is a requirement.

    Class Contact Hours
    21 hours per week, depending on the year.

    Other Information
    Transfer applications by successful applicants from other relevant programmes will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants may be called for interview. Non-standard applicants, such as mature applicants, will be called for interview and will be required to complete a brief piece of written work on ​the day.​

 

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