Social Care Diploma Level 6+

Social & Community Work Diploma Level 6

About The Course

2 Years Full Time Social & Community Work Diploma Course (BTEC HND)

The HND in Social & Community Work has been devel-oped to prepare you for employment in Community Work. This internationally recognised course is also an excellent springboard into third-level education.

You will study a wide range of related dis-ciplines such as sociology, psychology and social policy, all of which are delivered by highly qualified and experienced teachers. The course focuses on the importance of personal and professional development in the workplace.

You will attend college four days per week in first year and three days per week in second year. The remaining days may be used to satisfy the work placement requirements of the course.

Students generally pursue a placement in their vocational area of interest with the support and guidance of the course coordinator. Garda vetting is required prior to commencing work experience and organised by the college.

Course Director: Garett Evers


Year 1

  • Applied Understanding of Human Behaviour and Development
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values
  • Sociological Approaches in Social and Community Work
  • Law Policy and Ethical Practice
  • Fundamentals of Evidence Based Practice
  • Effective Reporting and Record Keeping

Year 2

  • Co-production & Partnership Working In Social and Community Work
  • Contemporary Approaches to Disability
  • Developing Effective Helping
  • Relationships
  • Reflective Approaches in Implementing PCP
  • Community Development Practice
  • Investigating Innovative Approaches to Practice
  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


BTEC : Higher National Diploma in Social and Community Work (Integrated Health & Social Care)

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 4 subjects plus at least one O2/H6. Subjects must include English and Maths.
or QQI relevant Level 5 Award: Merit
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.

Progression and Career Prospects

Graduates of the course will find employment in community based and state sectors, working with children and young people in residential care, older people, people with dependency issues. Organisations in which students have secured employment include, Cerebral Palsy Ireland, Cheeverstown House, Menni Services and Barnardos.

Graduates have gone on to obtain Level 8 degrees in Social Work, Psychology and Applied Social Studies.


Student Stories

Jason Craig

“I graduated from Inchicore in September 2017. I moved from Limerick to pursue my Higher National Diploma In Health and Social Care at Inchicore CFE.

I cannot recommend this course enough to students with an interest in the caring professions. The modules were diverse but I found that they all interconnected with my placement. I found the lecturers really approachable and the college environment very friendly. The course offers excellent employment and further educational opportunities and has set me on my way to a career in the caring profession.”


I cannot recommend this course enough to students with an interest in the caring professions. The modules were diverse but I found that they all interconnected with my placement