Applied Social Studies


This one year course is designed to provide an introduction to the theory and practical aspects of social studies and social care.

Entry Requirements:

Leaving cert minimum 5 passes, mature students & other relevant qualifications.

Progression and Career Options:

Graduates will have a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to seek employment in the caring services, youth, family and community work. The vast majority of students completing this course progress to social and health related degree courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Student Testimonial:

'I found that deciding to attend DIFE one of the best decisions I have ever made. I found the course interesting, relevant and exciting. The support I received was unreal, every step of the way staff were there only too willing to help. I got accepted into both Maynooth and Trinity and chose Trinity to qualify as a social worker. I am finding that my first year in Trinity is very doable, given the terrific foundation I received in DIFE.' - Sue Doherty (past student)


Applied Social Studies

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Course Content

  • Social Studies
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Word Processing
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • People Handling
  • Safe Guarding of Vunerable Adults
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Pyschology

QQI Level 5 award in Community Health Services.