Coláiste an Chreagáin




Our QQI level 5 Applied Social Studies Award Programme is designed to prepare students to gain employment in a variety of community, health and educational organisations. The course is also the ideal starting point for progression into further studies.

It is an introduction to the theory and practice of the key areas of social studies and social care. This full-time course will endeavour to develop the learners' understanding and awareness of social issues in their own lives and society in general. Learners will develop basic research skills and learn to recognise the complexity of social issues


Learners will need to complete a total of 8 modules to achieve the major award.

Social Studies 5N1370

Psychology 5N0754

Intercultural Studies 5N0765

Communications 5N0690

Work Experience 5N1356

Care Support 5N0758

Safety & Health at Work 5N1794

Care of the Older Person 5N2706

How this course is taught

Coláiste an Chreagáin had developed a style of teaching to meet the demands of a diverse community of learners.

  • Learners develop skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice
  • A range of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies are used to engage students and bring the subject to life
  • Regulated Clinical Placements (Work Experience)
  • Vital supports are tailored to the needs of the individual learners
  • Career guidance assistance regarding further career development


This is a one-year, full-time course that runs from September to May

Entry Requirements

  • Education: No formal education or qualifications are required although applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing a Level 5 programme.
  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.



€175 Coláiste an Chreagáin Student Services Fee applies to all learners.
€200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).
  • Those in receipt of a SUSI Grant.
  • Those on a VTOS scheme.

An exam fee of €50 for QQI Level 5 applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact .


Special Features

Course is directed by professional and qualified tutors who are credited with a wealth of practical experience. Preparation for employment in a wide variety of settings.


This applied social care programme is structured to provide graduates with the opportunity to progress to specialised courses in higher education. This enables students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate entry to desired course from the CAO system. The successful completion of this PLC course can provide the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.

Please Note

Coláiste an Chreagáin reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

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