Advanced Health and Social Studies

Course Aim

If you hold a QQI Level 5 Health related award such as Healthcare Support or Nursing Studies or a QQI Social Studies Level 5 award in Applied Psychology and Social Studies or Youthwork, then why not take the opportunity to undertake further studies in advanced health and social studies. Our Level 6 award will equip you, the learner, with the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to undertake roles in person centred care and healthcare environments.


Course Modules

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Disability Awareness
  • Understanding Community Development
  • Person Centred Planning
  • Rehabilitation Practice
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Learning Difficulty Awareness
  • Health Promotion



6M2218 Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Social and Vocational Integration 


Entry Requirements

A QQI Level 5 award in Healthcare or equivalent is a prerequisite to access this Level 6 programme.


Progression To Degrees

DkIT | Social Care | Level 8

Maynooth University | Community & Youth Work | Level 8

Maynooth University | Psychology | Level 8

Maynooth University/TU Dublin | Community & Youth Work | Level 8

AIT | Health Sciences with Nutrition | Level 8

WIT | Health Promotion | Level 8


DkIT | Community Youth Work | Level 7


Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Community Care l Youth and Community l Rehabilitation l Elderly Care l Community Intervention l Social Care l Health Science and Nutrition l Youth Work Leader | Disability Support Worker

This award will equip the learner with the necessary competence to undertake roles in the community, caring or social care environment. Social care workers plan and provide professional care to vulnerable individuals and groups of all ages who experience marginalisation, disadvantage or special needs. This course equips participants with the skills to manage themselves, their work and the people they work with more effectively. The award will be of benefit to those who have an interest in the understanding of the many roles of a social care worker and models of social care provision. The course introduces students to counselling skills, with an emphasis on reflection and self-awareness.


According to an Irish Government review in 2018, “continuing demographic change will inevitably lead to increased demand for health and social care”. The need for skilled social care practitioner will increase as Irelands populations continues to change.

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Trends in Public Social Care Service Provision and Expenditure for Older Persons, July 2018


2021-22 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 13th September 2021. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after 1st October 2021. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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