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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_HSOCC_8
  • Field of StudySocial Care
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date1st May
  • Duration1 Year Full-Time
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus

Lectures, tutorials, practicals, peer assessments and a research dissertation constitute the pedagogical means used. The programme is currently offered full time. All students must pass a module on Research Methods before they are allowed to present their Dissertation.


A key Irish source of information related to social care practice can be accessed at http://www.socialstudies.ie


Social Care Work is a profession where people work in partnership with those who experience marginalisation or discrimination or who have special needs. Social care practitioners may work, for example, with children and adolescents in residential care; people with learning or physical disabilities; people who are homeless; people with alcohol/drug dependency; families in a community setting; or recent migrants to Ireland.


Social care practitioners may be employed in either the state (statutory sector i.e. the Dept. of Health and Children) and what is termed the non-governmental sector i.e. organisations such as Barnardos, Enable Ireland, Focus Ireland, The Brothers of Charity and many others.

The course is intended as a means of progression for holders of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Care Work and the National Diploma in Applied Social Studies or equivalent.


Please Note: Entry to the BA Honours is by direct application to the Institute and may include an interview.


CIT uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.

Depending upon the outcome of the vetting process, the Institute reserves the following rights:

  1. to not register a student
  2. to remove an existing registered student
  3. to delay the student’s practice placement modules

In all circumstances, it is the applicant/student’s responsibility to proactively disclose any convictions/cases pending. The Institute reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending.

The aim of the add-on Honours Bachelor Degree is to satisfy the growing demands of qualified care workers for an honours degree level education. It is intended to confer on the students higher levels of up-to-date knowledge, education and training so as to enable them to function at the top of their profession, as well as to select, train and manage suitable personnel. It provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to progress to higher administrative and managerial positions in the field. The programme builds on knowledge and skills acquired at Bachelor Degree level. It broadens and deepens this knowledge and sets it squarely in its theoretical framework.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care

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