Bachelor of Arts in Social Care Practice

Course Summary:

Ireland, among other countries, continues to face many social challenges, do you want to work to address and respond to these challenges? Are you interested in the future of our society and those who live within it? A career in social care practice is challenging and also uniquely rewarding – you can make a real difference!

Throughout this Honours Degree programme, you will be involved in questioning how societies work and how people relate to one another.  You will develop skills, proficiencies and competencies to support you to become a professional social care practitioner.

You will explore fields such as psychology, sociology and law that will allow you to critically understand the social world around you and how to apply this to social care professional practice.

Key Learning Opportunities:

  • A thorough understanding of key social sciences such as sociology,  law, psychology, and social policy
  • Creativity and communication
  • Ability to apply ethical and legal principles to complex situations
  • Ability to reflect on your own knowledge and understanding
  • Research and analysis
  • Professional practice


Teaching and Learning

Students will engage with many different learning opportunities,  inclusive of lecture, tutorial, seminar, case studies, field trips and role -play. 


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Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

Garda vetting:

You should note that all entrants to this course will be required to undergo vetting by the Garda Síochána. If you have a criminal conviction in Ireland or elsewhere, this may adversely impact on your ability to undertake a professional placement or to secure employment in the field of social care practice.

English Proficiency:

As all lectures, tutorials and practical work are delivered through English, it is vitally important all incoming international students (who are not English native speakers) have the required standard on entry to ensure they gain maximum value from their time at IT Sligo.

The required minimum proficiency score in English required for entry to IT Sligo is:



















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The English language test must be taken within two years from the date of application.

Fitness to Practice

A student on the BA Honours in Social Care Practice must be Fit to Practice. IT Sligo guidance on Fitness to Practice can be found within its policy.  Students will be required to read this Policy and acknowledge that they have read and understood this requirement.

Immunisations & Vaccinations  while on placement
Agencies may require students to be immunised against specific infectious diseases.
The Department recommends that Social Care students are protected against Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis (TB), Mumps, Measles & Rubella (MMR) and Varicella (Chicken Pox).

Additional Information and Requirements within the Programme

Teaching and Learning

Role -play is an active learning strategy within the IT Sligo Social Care Practice Programme that is used in teaching, learning and assessment opportunities, consequently, in order to meet the requirements of the approved programme students are required to take part in this learning activity and opportunity.

Professional Practice Placements

A key part of this programme is professional placement learning. This gives our students the opportunity to get real life experience in the field they have chosen to study and have a future career. We have huge support from our placement learning environments, who offer us quality placements each year and are part of our approved registry of placements.
It is the policy of IT Sligo to place students in agencies and organisations based on learning need only and not on any other factors. This is to ensure a quality learning experience to enable students meet the requirements of the programme.
Placements are dispersed all over Ireland and students are allocated to these based on the learning needs and requirements of the programme. Students are expected to commute distances and/ or relocate for this learning experience. This is normal, and to be expected, in professional training programmes.

Career Opportunities

As a social care practitioner, you will be sought after by employers in a range of areas. You will have the skills, competencies and confidence to work with marginalised and excluded people, such as, disabled, homeless, experiencing addictions or whom, for a variety of reasons, may require assistance and support. You may also engage in further specialised study, work in policy or research areas or establish your own business in a relevant area.

Social care practitioners may be employed in the health services, voluntary organisations, in community-based bodies and the private sector. 

What are my further study opportunities?

You will be eligible to undertake further studies at Masters and PhD level. Graduates of this programme can progress to Masters Programmes in social work, addiction studies, equality studies, social research practice and other areas.

What subjects will I study?

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Semester 7

Semester 8

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.

Who do I contact?

Admissions Office
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8510