GMIT Prospectus 2022/23

GMIT Science and Health

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Care (Level 7)

Code: GA879 Level: 7

Alternative Study Option While there is no part-time course available in Applied Social Care, GMIT does offer a flexible mode of delivery through their Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Modules (ACCM) mode. ACCM is an innovative scheme whereby subjects may be studied on a single subject basis and credits may be accumulated towards a full award title over an extended period of study. What are my career opportunities? Our ordinary degree is the basic requirement for working in social care in Ireland. Students can continue on to our Level 8 Degree in Applied Social Care, or they may choose to work in a variety of diverse fields like Mental Health Services, Community & Voluntary Organisations, Traveller Groups, Youth Work, Addiction Services, and others. Please Note: Social Care Work is now regulated by CORU under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. Students who wish to use the professional title of ‘Social Care Worker’ must register with CORU after completing their studies. Follow-on Studies Upon successful completion of Year 3 in Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Care (Level 7) students may then apply internally for Year 4, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care (Level 8).

Why study Applied Social Care? The Applied Social Care degree is designed to enable graduates to make the world a better place for everyone, by empowering, enabling and by correcting the social injustices that exist in today’s society. Our graduates understand the inherent structures of inequality and the impact they have on human rights and society in general. We ensure students have the capacity and skills they need to support and care for vulnerable, excluded, and oppressed people within society. Our degree is underpinned by an educational philosophy based on dialogue and lived experience. A dedicated full-time placement coordinator works closely with students to ensure the best possible placement experience for every student. Our small class sizes help enrich students understanding of what is involved in an authentic and therapeutic relationship driven by a person-centred approach toward care.

What will I study?

Year 1: • Learning and Innovation Skills • PC Applications • Introduction to Social Care • Exploring Values • Introduction to Sociology • Introduction to Psychology • Legal Frameworks for Social Care Year 2: • Professional Practice 1 (12-Week Block) • Social Care Theory & Practice • Applied Social Theory Year 3: • Professional Practice 2 (14-Week Block) • Preparation for Social Care Practice • Pedagogical Practice and Social Care • Regulatory Framework • Developmental Psychology

• Reflective Personal Development 1 • Group Activities for Social Care Practitioners • Professional Practice Skills in Applied Social Care 1 • Creativity in Social Care

Student experience

Paddy Langan The Applied Social Care course was a life changing experience for me. The Social Care module was my favourite as we looked into psychosis in some depth which I found very interesting. The Philosophy module was the most challenging, in a good way, it was one of my highest results in my final grades. I completed the Level 7 Applied Social Care course before joining the Level 8 Applied

• Advocacy in Social Care • Introduction to Health Promotion • Philosophy of the Self

• Social Research and Evaluation Methods • Professional Practice Skills 2 in Applied Social Care

Social Care course in the fourth year and graduating in 2018. I would like to go on to study a masters, perhaps in psychology, building on the dissertation I completed in my final year. I would recommend GMIT Mayo Campus as it is quite small and as a result the lecturers are very approachable and helpful. I was never hesitant to knock on a lecturer’s office door or send them an email to ask for help and advice.

All places are offered on this course subject to satisfactory Garda vetting clearance.

Department of Nursing, Health Sciences & Social Care

DURATION 3 years



Talk to us: Dr Mark Garavan, Course Chair Tel: +353 94 9043143 | E-mail:


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