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Applied Social Studies with Psychology

Course Description

  • This is a one-year full time programme offering an introduction to the theory and practice of social studies and social care. This programme will interest wishing to explore and develop their  knowledge and practical experience of social issues and practice.
  • It equips the student with the basic skills to work in community agencies such as family resource centres, youth organisations, community and voluntary organisations.
  • This programme may also assist applications to certain third level institutions. 

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Social Studies
  • Psychology
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Criminology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Word Processing
  • Occupational First Aid

Awarding Body


Entry Requirements

Participants must have an interest and preferably experience in community based work. Relevant experience will be accepted in place of examination qualifications. Mature students are welcome. Suitable candidates will be selected by interview.

Work Experience

Work experience forms and integral part of this KCFE programme.  Students participate in quality placements allowing a valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in industry.  Links made with employers during work experience often result in employment.

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this course students will have the foundation skills required for employment in the social care setting. Students will also have a good knowledge base for further studies in this area at degree level.

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 
Through the Higher Educations Links Scheme graduates of this programme are eligible to apply  for a place on degree courses in various Institutes of Technologies and some Universities.

Course Fees

Registration fee of €150 applies. Details of all other college fees including first aid and workshops are available from the college office on request.


Students who complete the course successfully qualify for:

  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies - 5M2181

Maintenance Grants

Applications To:
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) a unit of City of Dublin VEC through

Enquiries & Applications

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