Access to Social Studies
Note: Course shadowing as part of work experience is available for this course.
Access to Social Studies is an ideal course for adult learners who are returning to education or would like to broaden their educational experience. This programme provides students with both an academic and practical platform to engage in further study and/or enter employment.
Where possible course features include an emphasis on tutorial-style teaching with regular feedback sessions, the opportunity to experience a broad range of subjects and career guidance.
QQI Level 5
Certificate in Applied Social Studies
This is a one-year course.
Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Applications are particularly sought from those with experience in voluntary or community organisations. Mature students without formal qualifications are most welcome to apply. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability.
The following subjects may be offered:
This module introduces learners to psychological perspectives, psychology as a science and psychological disorders. It provides learners with the knowledge, skills and capacity to understand psychological processes.
- Care Provision & Practice
This module will equip learners with the knowledge to understand the roles and responsibilities of care workers, the needs of groups requiring care and the interpersonal qualities needed to work in a range of care environments.
- Equality and Disability
This module will equip learners with the knowledge, skill and competence to challenge personal and/or organisational behaviour that discriminates against people with disabilities. It will provide learners with an awareness of the importance of equality for people with disabilities in all areas of society.
- Intercultural Studies
This module equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to explore, reflect and analyse intercultural studies. These could include issues such as diversity, racism, prejudice, conflict, equality and interdependence.
- Legal Practice & Procedures
This module facilitates learners in developing a general understanding of the Irish Legal system.
- Social Studies
5N1370This module aims to introduce learners to the area of sociology and social studies and to develop their understanding and awareness of social issues in their own lives and society in general.
This module facilitates learners to acquire communication skills relevant to vocational and personal development. Learners will explore the use of modern information and communications technology, in personal and vocational life.
- Work Experience
This module provides the learner with the personal knowledge, skills and ability to participate in a suitable work placement under supervision for a limited time.
- Word Processing
This module equips learners with the necessary skills to use a word processing application to produce a variety of documents.
- Manual Handling
- First Aid
Career opportunities exist in the caring professions and in community projects.
390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- Early Years and Childhood Studies (CK111)
- Social Studies (CK102)
- Arts (CK101)
- Social Care (CR031)
- Early Years Education (CR620)
Students who wish to use the progression links to further studies will need to attain a certain level of achievement in their QQI award.
Students undertake mandatory work placements during this course.
The college prides itself on a friendly and supportive atmosphere that offers every encouragement to learners.