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Applied Social Studies 5M2181

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A theoretical approach to  community and health services / social studies will be complemented by practical experience.

The following modules are subject to change due to availability and demand: 

      • Social Studies
      • Applied Psychology
      • Intercultural Studies
      • Human Growth & Development
      • Young People and Society
      • Community Addiction Studies
      • Criminology
      • Understanding Mental Health
      • Communications
      • Work Experience
      • Word Processing
      • Safety & Health at Work

What is Applied Social Studies?

This one-year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in a social care, community development or residential setting. The care worker needs social,  communication and caring skills to work with individuals and groups. Many of the skills acquired will be transferable for use with adolescents, families and the elderly in a caring, educational or development role. The Applied Social Studies QQI course will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice.

This course will serve as training for social care/community care/ healthcare sectors or as a link to Applied Social Studies/ Social Care or Nursing certificate or degree courses in many Institutes of Technology throughout the country. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced mature persons seeking a formal education.


QQI Level 5 in Applied Social Studies 5M2181


Graduates may pursue a certificate or degree course in many of the Institutes of Technology or universities around the country or alternatively may seek immediate employment in a range of Community Care, Health Care, and Community Development centres/ initiatives.

There are now a large range of Social Studies or Community Care certificate and degree courses available to graduates on the newly expanded QQI links programme. For example there are 10 places in Maynooth University through Social Science and over 175 places through First Arts as well as five places in UCD and a large quota in other third level colleges like Athlone IT, TU Dublin – Blanchardstown, Carlow IT, DCU, TU Dublin, NUIG, Dundalk Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, Limerick IT, Letterkenny IT, St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, Milltown, Marino Institute of Education, NCI, Sligo IT, IT Tallaght, Tralee IT, UCC, UCD, and Waterford Institute of Technology.


  • Leaving Cert or LCA
  • Mature students of all backgrounds
  • Other equivalent qualification

All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.
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NUI Maynooth:
MH116 Community and Youth Work

(Level 8, 4 Years)

TU Dublin – Blanchardstown:

Applied Social Studies
(Level 8, 4 Years)

TU Dublin – Blanchardstown:
Community and Youth Development
(Level 8, 4 Years)

TU Dublin – Tallaght:
TU997 Applied Social Care
(Level 8, 4 Years)


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