Community and Social Care

South Dublin County
1 Year
Further Education and PLC, Level 5 QQI

Course description

One Year

This course is suitable for both mature students and school leavers, who would like to work in the area of health and social care. This QQI Award provides the opportunity to pursue a fulfilling and rewarding career providing care and support to vulnerable people in the community. Students will acquire knowledge of health and social care theories and best practice. Students will also acquire practical experience on work placement. This could include a variety of settings such as resource centres, hostels for homeless, addiction services and youth projects.

Entry Requirements
One of the following:

Leaving Certificate
A QQI Level 4 Award
Mature applicants are welcome
For applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements, please contact DFEi.

Course Modules
Care Provision and Practice
Family Studies
Social Studies
Community Addiction Studies
Human Growth and Development
Work Experience

Level 5 QQI Award – Community and Health Services (5M4468)
First Aid – Order of Malta (Optional)
Patient Moving and Handling – Irish Ambulance Institute (Optional)
Elder Abuse – DFEi Certificate

Special Features
DFEi offers Mathematics as an optional module for students
This course is scheduled as a morning course to allow students to study and work at the same time

Work Experience
This programme requires students to undertake work experience that will bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they assume positions of trust. As a result all students will undertake Garda Vetting prior to commencing their work experience.

Additional Information
Emerging Health Occupations. Due to unprecedented demand, Ireland’s health system is currently recruiting qualified staff who can treat and support dementia, disabilities, mental health and social issues. This course is an ideal stepping stone for either employmnet or educaitonal progression in these specialist areas.

Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

Student Record
Collection of Work
Examination (Written)
Skills Demonstration

Progression Opportunities
Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.

Progression Examples

Bachelor of Social Science
BA in Community Youth Work
National University of Ireland Maynooth

BSc in Applied Psychology
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

BA in Social Care
BA in Early Childhood Education
TU Dublin – City Campus (formerly DIT)

BA in Social Care Practice
TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus

Bachelor of Social Science
Bachelor of Social Science – Youth and Community Work
University College Cork

Bachelor of Social Sciences
University College Dublin

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