Do you have the abilities and aptitudes for working with people?  Do you wish to pursue an education in the areas of social science, social care, criminology or the humanities?  This pre-University course will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge base and the opportunity to progress to third level courses in these areas. 

  • Psychology 5N0754 –  Explore a variety of theorists / practitioners / therapists e.g Freud and Rogers, look at the brain as well as memory and how it works.  Learn specifics about addiction, schizophrenia, depression, eating disorders, stress, emotional behavioural disorders and learning disabilities, phobias, OCD  etc. Understand sleep and dreams as well as disorders in this area, social psychology experiments and research in this area, behaviour in groups, helping behaviours, peer pressure, advertising etc. A number of therapeutic approaches are covered e.g. CBT, gestalt , person centred etc… when dealing with people who have mental health issues.
  • Social Studies 5N1370 – Understand your position as an individual, family member and as part of a community and wider society. Examine critically contemporary social issues, learn how some sociological theories can be applied to Irish society, increase your effectiveness in life and work through understanding social issues e.g the impact of discrimination on individuals and groups in society
  • Communications 5N0690 – Acquire writing skills, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
  • Intercultural Studies 5N0765 – encourages students to appreciate diversity and multiculturalism in 21st century Ireland. Looks at Irish and International examples of cultural diversity – and both the positive and negative outcomes that can arise from these
  • Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394 – Understand the role of the constitution in the Irish legal system, legal terminology and the structure of the Irish court system. Describe proceedings in a court of law. Explore the impact of European law on the Irish system. Evaluate documents and legislation in your relevant area. Identify main categories of remedies e.g compensation etc.
  • Criminology 5N2107 – Gain an understanding of the behavioural theories associated with crime and its prevention. Look at social and economic factors affecting criminal behaviour. Explore criminal legislation and the role of stakeholders involved in crime prevention. Identify the key characteristics of a broad range of crimes, including drug related crime and outline suitable methods of research and investigation in the area of crime. 
  • Care Support 5N0758 – Explore roles, responsibilities and entitlements of a care worker. Demonstrate an ability to plan and provide enhanced quality of care. 
  • Work Experience 5N1356– Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning. 

Additional Training 

  • Mindfulness (online training): This Mindfulness workshop will introduce the learner to the practice of Mindfulness as a personal resource. The theory and practice of Mindfulness will enhance your understanding and demonstrate how it can be integrated into your life and your work. The topics include a better understanding of what mindfulness is, understanding how mindfulness can help us to manage stress and anxiety and learning practical tools to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
  • Data Protection (online training): This course gives learners an overview of GDPR. The course examines what GDPR stands for and gives an understanding of the current data protection rules and obligations.  The learners also receive information on the types of data, the terminology associated with GDPR, the penalties with breaches, storage of data and general do’s and don’ts regarding data. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.

Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 5 x O6/H7 grades. Mature students are exempt from the Leaving Certificate requirement. All applicants are interviewed. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English. 

The application process: Applicants apply online through the college website.  All applicants will be interviewed. 

An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview. Garda Vetting is required for work experience. 

Excellent progression opportunities including: 

Excellent progression opportunities to other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and Waterford IT for preferential entry for Morrison’s Island Campus students.  

Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for full details on progressions. 

This course is designed for progression, to provide a foundation in the knowledge and skills needed to successfully advance and succeed in a 3rd level course in a related area. It is the first step in achieving a career in this area. Guidance seminars and one to one guidance available on the wide range of opportunities. 

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50). See Payment for details.
  • Certification:
    • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies 5M2181 
    • QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in the evening for learners requiring Maths for progression). 
  • Work Experience:Students will undertake a two week block work placement.  Placement can be sourced in a variety of community based settings e.g. social and voluntary services, family and community services, residential services etc.  Garda vetting is an integral part of the application procedure for Work Experience. 

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