• Code:5M2181
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies
  • Duration: One Year, September to May


This course is designed to enable students to develop personal qualities, knowledge, skills and academic qualifications required for careers in youth and community work, social work, pastoral care, care provision and teaching. This course explores social studies and examines society. There is also a strong emphasis on knowledge and skills required to work with clients in the care setting.

Students will  be given the opportunity to complete the following short courses during the academic year:

  • Patient Manual Handling
  • First Aid Responder (QQI Level 5 Module)

Programme of Study*
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Communications 
  • Health & Safety at Work 
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Word Processing
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience

* Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

It is desirable that students should be of Leaving Certificate Standard or have achieved an Applied Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Portlaoise Institute welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above qualifications. 

All students are required to complete an assessment before commencing a Further Education course in Portlaoise Institute. This assessment confirms if the student has the required level of English and Maths (if applicable) to complete a Level 5 course. 

Career Opportunities

Health and social care work such as:

  • Residential care
  • Youth work
  • Work with community groups
  • Care of the older person
  • Care of people with specific needs.
Higher Education Progression*

Here are examples of courses students can progress to based on successful completion: 

Examples of courses you can progress to:

CAO Code Course Title College NFQ Level
CW758 Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care          IT Carlow 8
CW717 Applied Social Studies - Professional Social Care   IT Carlow 7
PC404 Applied Social Studies in Social Care        Carlow College 7
AL860 Social Care Practice        Athlone IT 8
LC292 Social Care Work       Limerick IT 8

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator

Proinnsais Loughnane, ploughnane@portlaoisecollege.ie

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