Applied Psychology & Social Studies


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Care

Course Modules

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Social Studies
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Child Development
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Word Processing

Course Aim

This course will give students an insight into the areas of Psychology & Social Studies.  It provides a combination of theoretical and practical training in the sectors of childhood, adolescence, disabilities, and older people.  In addition to acquiring competent skills, students will learn about the roles and responsibilities of working in a caring environment.  Subjects studied include the developing child, the progression to adulthood and the aging process, together with information regarding special needs and the social aspects effecting and stimulating the individual.  Additionally, learners will study personal development and have the opportunity to enhance their communication, computer and first aid skills.

Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

Graduates will have employment opportunities in the community, nursing homes, childcare or entry to An Garda Siochana.  Students may also progress to third level courses in Psychology, Social Studies, Youth Work, Humanities, Counselling, or as a Mature Student into Psychiatric Nursing or Teaching. They may also progress to the Early Childhood Care and Education Level 6 course in Ó Fiaich Institute.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at students who have completed the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, Leaving Certificate Vocational and mature students.  

Martina O’Reilly - Course Co-Ordinator


Student Services Costs:

Government Levy (PPC)

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

QQI Certification Charge:
QQI Level 5 €50 QQI Level 6 €80

Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses. 

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.