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SOCIAL CARE WORK BACHELOR OF ARTS (HONOURS) Ab Initio


LC292 (Limerick)


LC402 (Thurles)


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 clients, 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 and elderly people, 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 and a genuine interest in working with the most deprived and marginalized groups in society.


Garda Vetting is a requirement.


Modules Year 1: Semester 1: Self-Development for Social Care Practise 1, Principles and Practice of Social Care 1, Social Care Practise Electives, Active Citizenship and Volunteering, Health, Resources and Home Management, Applied Research and Writing Skills. Semester 2: Self-Development for Social Care Practise 1, Principles and Practice of Social Care 1, Social Care Practise Electives, Introduction to Creative Studies, Psychology 1, Sociology 1.


Year 2: Semester 3: Self-Development for Social Care Practise 2, Legal Studies 1, Principles and Practice of Social Care 2, Social Care Practise Electives, Psychology 2, Social Policy, Professional Development. Semester 4: Practise Placement 1 (15 weeks)


Year 3: Semester 5: Practise Placement 2 (15 weeks). Semester 6: Self-Development for Social Care 3, Sociology & Diversity, Ethics for Social Care, Research Methods, Professional Development, Psychology of Stress & Distress.


Year 4: Self-Development for Social Care Practise 4, Psychology in Practise Electives, Sociology 4, Legal Studies 2, Research Thesis, Management and Leadership for Social Care Practise.


What can I do after the programme?


On successful completion of the programme, job opportunities for graduates include: Social Care Worker, Community Project Worker, Family Support Worker. LIT graduates often work for HSE, Limerick Youth Service, Brothers of Charity, Enable Ireland, Focus Ireland, Novas Initiatives.


Note: 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.


Including Work Placements in Years 2 & 3


Programme Code LC292 (Limerick) LC402 (Thurles)


Programme Level Level 8


CAO Points 2015 340 (Limerick) 300 (Thurles)


Duration 4 Years


Class Contact Hours 21 hrs per week depending on year.


Location


Moylish Campus, Limerick & Thurles Campus


Minimum Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate (2017): A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.


Foundation Level Mathematics at grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this programme.


QQI FET/FETAC Applicants & Mature Applicants: Refer to section ‘Entry Requirements’ for further information.


> 100 Undergraduate Prospectus 2017/2018 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION


Contact Ms. Lisa Scott, (Limerick) Tel: 061 293353 Email: lisa.scott@lit.ie Web: www.lit.ie/Courses/LC292


Contact Dr. Michael Ryan, (Thurles) Tel: 0504 28106 Email: michaelfrancis.ryan@lit.ie Web: www.lit.ie/Courses/LC402


LIT MOYLISH CAMPUS, LIMERICK &


LIT THURLES CAMPUS


Department of Applied Social Sciences


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