Course Description

Bachelor of Arts in Social Care – September 2022

Open Training College

Next course commencement: Monday, September 19th, 2022

Next Informal Interviews/Information Day for Applicants: Friday, July 8th, 2022

Social Care Course Open Information Session (by Zoom):  Thursday, June 9th, 2022 – 5.30pm – 7.00pm Online – contact  or call 01-2988544 at any time if you wish to register.


This 3-year Level 7 Degree programme is designed for people who want to attain the standards of proficiency for social care workers as defined by CORU and engage in value-based education to empower service users. The learner will engage with 18 modules that explore social care practice and how it applies in various social care settings. The student will complete over 800 hours of supervised practice placement, in a social care setting, over Years 2 and 3. The qualification is designed to lead to social care registration subject to CORU approval.

This programme is making an application for approval by CORU.

The BA in Social Care is a QQI approved, subject to validation, HET Major Award placed at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Objectives

The main objective of this social care qualification is that on completion students leave with a set of skills and knowledge that enables them to engage in and manage the everyday operations of their area of responsibility professionally, efficiently, effectively and ethically.

The focus is not only on meeting goals/outputs, but on a deep appreciation of social, community, ethical and current issues impacting on vulnerable groups of people.

  • The aim of the Level 7 B.A. in Social Care programme is to provide a qualification which is recognised nationally and internationally in the area of Social Care.
  • The programme aims to provide participants with in-depth key knowledge, skills and competencies based on the five domains and 80 standards of proficiency for social care workers as defined by CORU.
  • In addition, the programme aims to provide the student with the clear values of empowerment, advocacy, person-centredness, inclusion and social justice to support their practice in the future.
  • The programme will provide the student with two supervised practice placements in social care agencies that will measure the student’s understanding and application of the standards of proficiency in a real world setting.
  • The programme is designed to ensure that – subject to CORU programme approval – the graduate will be able to access registration.

Course Content

Year One

Introduces the novice learner to a broad understanding and the context of social care. The key values are explored along with the relevant legislation and policies. The student starts to develop their skills in the areas of communication and responding to challenging behaviour. In relation to practice, the student commences to develop their personal and professional boundaries and develop their autonomy and accountability as a social care worker.

Year 1 Modules:

  1. Learning and Development in Higher Education (5 credits)
  2. Introduction to Social Care (10 credits)
  3. Contemporary Issues in Social Care (10 credits)
  4. Legal and Policy Framework in Social Care 1 (10 credits)
  5. Communication in Social Care (10 credits)
  6. Creative Approaches to Social Care (10 credits)
  7. Responding to Behaviours that Challenge (5 credits)

Follow the link to view the  Year 1 Provisional Course Calendar 2022-23.

Year Two: develops the understanding of the learner in social care and practice supported by a supervised practice placement. The student displays practice that is safe and effective. The student demonstrates the ability to use theory in practice. Regular guidance and support is provided to the student through the supervision process with the practice educator.

Year 2 Modules:

  1. Psychology and Human Development across the Lifespan (5 credits)
  2. Collaborative Practice and Teamwork in Social Care (5 credits)
  3. Legal and Policy Framework in Social Care 2 (10 credits)
  4. Professional Development for Social Care (10 credits)
  5. Social Care Assessment and Planning (10 credits)
  6. Supervised Practice Placement 1 (20 credits) – CAPSTONE

Year Three:

Offers opportunity for the learner to acquire advanced social care knowledge and skills for their practice supported by a supervised practice placement. The student is skilled in the use of evidence-informed practise. They have integrated responsibility for their practice actions, engage in reflective practice, seeking assistance and advice when necessary. The student engages in supervision, where they demonstrate a growth in practice confidence and openness to Continuing Professional Development.

Year 3 Modules:

  1. Wellbeing, Health and Behaviour (10 credits)
  2. Social Research (10 credits)
  3. Advocacy and Rights in Social Care (10 credits)
  4. Quality Interventions in Social Care (10 credits)
  5. Supervised Practice Placement 2 (20 credits) – CAPSTONE


The course is assessed through a combination of continuous assessments, projects and written examinations. Continuous assessments may consist of assignments (i.e. essays), project work, group activities, online activities, in-class assessments, reflection and placement.


Successful completion of the 3-year course will lead to a BA in Social Care. This is a QQI approved major award (180 credits), subject to validation, at Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).


Fees are €4,408* per year.

*Please note: Annual Fees amount is inclusive of:
– Tuition Fees (€3,708) inc. 17 workshop/webinar days in Year 1
– Administration Fee/Online Subscriptions (€550)
– QQI Registration (€150)

Please Note: A fees instalment plan is available where students may pay up to 8 instalments spread throughout the academic year.

There is an application fee of €95.

Find out more from the BA in Social Care page on

Course Code 7M20216
College Name Open Training College
Course Category Humanities & Social Sciences, Social Care
Course Type Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Qualification Ordinary Bachelor Degree
Course Location Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 14
Course Start Date 19th September 2022
Course End Date 3rd August 2025
Course Fee €4,408*
Course Duration Three years
Course Times The next courses commences online on September 19th, 2022 Application deadline: June 30th, 2022 Next Informal Interviews (by Zoom ) for Applicants - Friday, July 8th, 2022 This is a blended full-time course consisting of online materials, attendance at workshops and 2 practice placements. The student will complete over 800 hours of supervised practice placement, in a social care setting. Year One - 17 workshops and one exam. Year Two - Workshops and Practice Placement 1 Year Three -Workshops and Practice Placement 2 What Supports are provided • Dedicated tutor throughout • Online international award winning learning resources developed for online learning • Access to learning technologies such as a virtual environment. • Tools to support virtual learning and off campus learning • Online activities to support assessment. • Face to face (virtual) lectures, seminars, tutorials. • Assessment submitted, marked and returned to learners with feedback through electronic or other media. • Supervised practice placement
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding BA in Social Care
Entry Requirements Access - Entry Criteria • All potential applicants who are aged at least 23 years at time of application OR have successfully completed a FET (120 credits) /QQI Level 5 Certificate or Leaving Certificate* OR HET (60 credits)/QQI Level 6 Certificate. • All applicants must also satisfactorily pass an entry Interview. • All applicants must be able to gain Garda clearance. • International Applicants whose first language is not English must provide appropriate documentary evidence of proficiency in English, i.e. Minimum CEFRL B2+ (=IELTS 6.0) or equivalent. • *Leaving Certificate applicants will require a grade O6/H7 in five subjects; these subjects must include Maths and English or Irish. (Foundation level mathematics will meet the minimum entry requirement where a grade F2 or higher is achieved.) IMPORTANT: All candidates must meet the requisite criteria of the Garda/Police Vetting process. Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting. Students must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made. Currently Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student.
Career Path Over the years the OTC social care programmes have proved to be very valuable qualifications for graduates and to the employing agencies and service users, as determined by regular student, graduate and agency surveys. Practice placements have been introduced into years two and three of the programme to enhance the student’s learning experience and to ensure a better educated, skilled and competent professional on completion of the programme. NOTE: This programme is making an application for approval by CORU.
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