Social Studies - Level 5

Social Studies – Level 5

1 Year Full Time course with major emphasis on Social Studies and Psychology
QQI Level 5

Understanding human behaviour and development and using this knowledge to help people is, in essence, what this social studies course is all about – a course where we learn to put sociology and psychology into practice.

About The Course

This one-year, full-time course offers an introduction to social studies focusing on areas such as psychology and sociology. It is suitable for those interested in human behaviour and human interaction and can be instrumental in helping those interested in progressing on to higher education or working in the area of social care.

You will attend classes four days a week. On the remaining day, you should complete the compulsory work experience component of the course.


Erasmus +

Erasmus + is a funded programme which gives a number of students on the Social Care Studies course the opportunity to work in another EU country as part of their work experience. View our European Work Experience page here.

  • Social Studies
  • Psychology
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Safety and Health in the Workplace
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Community Health Services 5M4468

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects
Leaving Certificate Applied
QQI Level 4
Equivalent qualifications will be accepted

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant industry experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.


All applicants will be interviewed.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Progression Opportunities

Candidates have the opportunity to apply for further progression on to the 2 year BTEC Higher National Diploma (Level 6) within the college and to Level 6 courses in other ETB colleges. They may also apply to universities and Institutes of Technology through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS).

Employment Prospects

Graduates can seek employment in the social care sector which potentially can involve working with children and young people, people who are elderly, and other marginalised and socially excluded groups.

Graduate Profile

“I had just completed school and knew I was interested in the social care area. I was kind of nervous starting a new course but once I met all the teachers and got an introduction to the modules I was excited to start. I found the modules informative and interesting while the teachers were all very helpful and approachable.

An important part of the Social Studies course is the work placement, mine was in the area of intellectual disabilities, I found it rewarding and it confirmed this is where I wish to work in the future. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to study, or pursue a career in this area. After successfully graduating I progressed on to the HND in Social Care here in Inchicore College.”

Najat Abdinassir