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Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (in conjunction with AIT)

Monday, 27 February 2017

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (in conjunction with AIT)

Delivered in Conjunction with Athlone Institute of Technology

Course Code: CI061AT
AIT Code: AL765
Course Level: 7
Award Title: Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (in conjunction with AIT)
Duration: 2 Years (Year 1 in Cavan Institute, Year 2 in AIT)

Entry Requirements
Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (English or Irish). Note: An FL2 in foundation level mathematics will be accepted as meeting the minimum mathematics requirements for entry to this programme. Mature applicants are not required to meet minimum entry requirement. However, an interview may form part of the selection process.

QQI: Up to 20 places are reserved for QQI students. Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable.
Applicants, however, must hold one of the following modules: Social Studies (5N1370) or Care Provision and Practice (5N2705) or Intellectual Disability Studies (5N1652) or Care of the Older Person (5N2706) or Understanding Mental Health (5N3772) or Special Needs Assisting (5N1786).

Why take this course?
If you would like to work in a profession that provides care, protection, support, welfare and advocacy for vulnerable or dependent individuals or groups, social care will be of interest to you. Social care workers are committed to the planning and delivery of quality care and other support services in partnership with individuals and groups with identified needs. As well as protecting and advocating for individuals and groups, social care workers guide, challenge and support those entrusted to their care toward achieving their full potential.

What will I experience?
This programme offers a wide variety of learning opportunities. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to support society's most vulnerable children or adults. We aim to deliver best practice
in our teaching to support students to become competent and confident social care workers. Two practice placements (800 hours) are a central feature of the student’s experience during the three year programme.

What job opportunities might it lead to?
This programme leads to a qualification which allows graduates to work as a social care worker. It will equip students to find employment in a variety of social care areas such as residential care, disability services, mental health services, family support services and homelessness services.

What will I study?
Year 1
Developing Academic Practice and Autonomy, Group Dynamics and Collaborative Practice, Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.1, Introduction to Sociology, An Introduction to Law, Contemporary Social Care Practice 1.2, Developmental Psychology, Disability: Models and Practice, Interactional Approaches to Social Care 1.2, Family and Human Rights Law.

Year 2 (in AIT)
Contemporary Social Care Practice 2, Atypical Child and Adolescent Development, Child Law, Mental Health, Management Theory and Practice, Interactional Approaches to Social Care Art,
Drama or Recreation 2.1, Counselling Skills, Disability: Promoting Inclusion, Professional Liability, Placement Preparation and Social Care Placement 1.

Year 3 (in AIT)
Contemporary Social Care Practice 3, Introduction to Research Methods for Social Care, Interactional Approaches to Social Care Art, Drama or Recreation 3.1, Sociology and Social Policy
Perspectives, Placement Preparation 2, Applied Social Care Placement 2.

Practice placement
Students will be required to complete two periods of practice placements (800 hours) during the programme. Students will be guided in their practice placement choice. Allocation to practice
placements is based on the need to integrate theory and practice, as well as to facilitate the student’s progressive learning towards independence in practice.

Language proficiency
Instruction is through the medium of English and applicants who do not have Leaving Certificate English must provide evidence of equivalent competence by way of recognised proficiency tests
in English (e.g. IELTS). Those for whom English is not their first language, but who have been resident in an English speaking country for a number of years and/or those who have completed a
QQI Award, are exempt from taking a proficiency test in English.

Garda Vetting
Garda Vetting is a requirement of this programme and will comply with AIT`s Student Garda Vetting Policy and Procedure: Students
participating in the course must be vetted in accordance with the provisions of this policy. Students must complete the National Vetting form(s) in an absolutely honest and truthful manner.
Students must disclose any (and all) knowledge of a criminal conviction(s) or pending prosecution(s) in Ireland or outside the jurisdiction.

Students who have resided outside of the Republic of Ireland for a period of six months or more (from the age of 18 years) shall also be required to furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their
country or countries of residence.

It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. During the Garda Vetting Process, issues that may emerge which
were not declared by the student on the initial vetting form, may result in immediate termination of participation on the programme. Offences that are disclosed through the process that are considered a serious risk to children and vulnerable persons, may also result in a student’s discontinuation from the
programme. The outcomes of the vetting disclosure will be shared with the placement provider.
Students cannot progress to placement unless the Garda Vetting Process is complete.

Fitness to practice
A student on the BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care must be fit to practice. The Athlone Institute of Technology Student Fitness to Practice Policy will apply to all students on this
programme, with special reference to the Dept of Social Science, Social Care Addendum. Prospective students should read this policy and addendum:
Students will be required to sign off on this, acknowledging that they have read and understood this requirement.

CORU (Health and Social Care Regulatory Body) 
CORU (Health and Social Care Regulatory Body) AIT has submitted a programme application for CORU approval. There is no guarantee that the programme will be approved.

Further study
Graduates from this programme are eligible to apply to progress to AIT’s one-year add-on in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (level 8) programme, or a related level 8 programme at another thirdlevel institution. Having acquired a level 8 degree, many of
our graduates choose to pursue further study at master's level in AIT by enrolling on the one-year full-time MA in Child & Youth Studies.

Faculty profile
Dr Teresa Brown is a social care worker currently lecturing on social care undergraduate degree and MA programmes in Athlone Institute of Technology. She has extensive experience working as a social care worker in Northern Ireland, Ireland and Romania. She has practised in the areas of residential care, secure care and child protection/family support. Dr Brown completed her Doctorate in Queens University Belfast. Her thesis was entitled: ‘Hear Our Voice: Residential Workers Views of Effective Relationship-based Practice’. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of youth at risk, relationship-based practice and empirical studies that include the ‘voice’ of the social care worker and the service user.

The BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care has a mandatory attendance policy. In order to have a clear record of attendance, class attendance records are kept. Attendance during practice placements is monitored by the agency. Before progressing to the next stage of the programme, students have to work additional hours to compensate for any absences during work placements, in order to fulfil the attendance requirement. Absences must be supported by verifying documentation.