Applied Social Studies in Social Care


Open-minded, pragmatic people who are interested in enabling change through support, advocacy and guidance. Our students are both school leavers and mature students returning to or continuing with education.


The learning in this course helps you create change for and with others, while developing your own personal and professional skills. On this course, students learn how to help others while learning about themselves. This course helps you help others to plan for a positive and more independent future.


For the duration of their course, students will study a wide and interesting variety of subjects across social care practice, psychology, sociology, and creative studies along with other subjects related to social care such as law, group working, health studies and intercultural studies. While on campus students can avail of our specially adapted social care training rooms where role-plays and interactive learning take place.

All students complete work placements in a social care setting enabling them to apply their academic knowledge to a working environment while developing their skills as a competent and innovative social care practitioner. Students are supervised by both an agency and a college supervisor to help them meet their learning goals. At TU Dublin many of our team of lecturers have years of frontline experience in social care practice and related areas.

Career Opportunities

Social Care involves working with marginalised or disadvantaged people in a caring, compassionate and non-judgemental way. Graduates may work with children and adolescents in residential child care, people with intellectual disabilities, people accessing homeless services, people with alcohol or drug dependency, families in the community, the aged, asylum seekers or refuges and other marginalised groups. Many graduates also choose to complete further study in areas such as social work and child and family studies.

I chose this course because I love working with people and helping in any way I can. I went to the open day and I knew then that this course would be a good fit for me. The college grounds are not that big, the lecture halls are quite intimate and the lecturers are extremely helpful and they have first-hand experiences.

The 13-week placements really gives you a taster of what it’s like. I knew from the placements that Social Care was my area and what I really want to do when I qualify.

If you’re thinking of doing Social Care, I would recommend going to TU Dublin to study. There is a heavy workload but the placements are fantastic and ITB has a great reputation in the industry. The lecturers are always there to help. The course is great, the people you meet, the knowledge you gain and the experience you get cannot be bought.

While on placement this year I was nominated for an award from the college for an intervention I did on placement with people with dementia. From there I came third and went on to compete in Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur, where I won my category in Cavan and went onto the National level but narrowly missed out on a prize. This course has made me realise that anything is possible, I came straight from school and never thought I’d ever be the recipient of an award never mind two. You don’t have to be an A+ student, if you apply yourself doors will open and the college helps bring out the best in you.

Kellie Cunniffe
Applied Social Studies in Social Care