This is a three-year, full-time level 7 degree programme. Students taking year one in Cavan Institute are registered as AIT students and study the same curriculum as students attending AIT.

BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care


Course Fees


This is an AIT degree programme delivered at Cavan Institute. You will study year one in Cavan and years two and three in Athlone. 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. 

This programme offers a wide variety of learning opportunities. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to support society’s most vulnerable children and/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.

Garda Vetting

Applicants should note that a criminal conviction or convictions (or pending conviction) may prevent them from securing access to the 800 hours of practice placement experience, which students on this programme are required to undertake in Year 2 and Year 3. Any applicant who has a criminal conviction or pending conviction is required to notify the Head of School for Business and Humanities in September of their first year so that Garda Vetting can be fast-tracked. The early results of the Garda Vetting process will facilitate an opportunity for the student concerned and the Head of School to discuss the potential risks involved for the student remaining on the programme. Students who do not notify the Head of School in a timely fashion may not be able to complete the practice placement requirements in Year 2 and Year 3. In this scenario, applicants are advised that they may have to leave the programme without achieving any award.

About This Course

Course Content

Year 1 (at Cavan Institute):

Developing Academic Practice and Autonomy 

Group Dynamics and Collaborative Practice 

Contemporary Social Practice

Introduction to Sociology

An Introduction to Law

Developmental Psychology

Disability: Models and Practice

Interactional Approaches to Social Care

Family and Human Rights Law

Entry Requirements

Leaving certificate candidates, please refer to the AIT website for entry requirements. Students who have achieved a QQI level 5 award are also eligible to apply. QQI applicants should check with AIT to ensure that they present with the appropri­ate modules.

Further Study

Those who successfully complete the three-year BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care may progress to obtain a level 8 honours degree with one further year's study at AIT.

Career Opportunities

This BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care course aims to prepare students for employment in all social care sectors - such as residential care and care of people with specific needs.


Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies in Social Care.