Diploma Course Overview

This Diploma was developed in response to the continuing education needs of professionals in social and community settings in Ireland. In the context of professionalization of social care work, this course reflects the area of social care in Ireland from two perspectives.

Psychological Aspect of Social Care

Contemporary Social Care Practice in Ireland

The psychologicalcomponent provides a solid introduction to developmental theories across the human lifespan including influences on childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.

The practice component explores current social care practices, theoretical concepts and approaches in a variety of diverse settings in Ireland.

The course is designed primarily to meet the needs of employees of the industry that have practical experience in statutory, voluntary and private service and settings including independent and residential services for individuals with disabilities, residential and aftercare services for children, homeless services, services for older people and community support services.

The aim of the Diploma is to educate reflective practitioners who can continue to learn and develop their professional knowledge, interpersonal skills and self-awareness appropriate for careers in social care.

Course Lecturers

Finian Fallon is an IACP accredited psychotherapist. He holds a first class honours BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Masters in Addiction Studies. Finian is completing a Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Dublin City University. He works in his private clinic on Kildare Street and is also employed on a helpline service.

Finian uses an evidence based integrative approach to his practise and incorporates CBT approaches extensively in his work. His doctoral research is exploring the future of private sector psychotherapy in Ireland and he recently presented on this subject area at the BACP Research Conference in the UK.

Aoife Prendergast is a Lecturer in the Department of Humanities at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Having completed both her undergraduate (BSc, Diploma sa Gaeilge) and postgraduate studies (MA in Health Promotion) at NUI Galway, Aoife has undertaken a diverse breadth of work with a variety of client groups and settings. Aoife has substantial lecturing and training experience in both the UK and Ireland in a variety of roles including National Training Projects Co-ordinator and Community Health Co-ordinator for NHS Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK. She has successfully created and managed numerous innovative training and development projects in public health within diverse communities in both the UK and Ireland. In addition, Aoife was selected as a Community Empowerment Champion for her work in the East of England in 2010. A skilled and successful lecturer, her exposure to various cultures and widely divergent groups ensures her comfort level in working with a variety of clients. She has presented extensively internationally in Canada, UK, Italy and Ireland. Her abiding belief is that education is a personal and communal process that is the path to the social change needed by communities.

Course Content 

Lifespan Psychological Development (weeks 1-5):

Psychology and its application to Social CareChildhood
Development including Attachment Theory and Emotional Development
Lifespan Learning and Development
Adolescence and Early Adulthood
Life Transitions in Adulthood
Old Age and End of Life Care

Social Care Applications (weeks 6-10):

Historical Context and Policy of Social Care in Ireland
Childcare practices including Children’s First Guidelines
Social Care Models and Service Provision
Disability Studies
Care of the Older Person

Course Delivery:

Lectures are delivered classroom-based and online.  All content is webcast live and recorded for review.  Online content is available through Moodle.

Attendance and Assessment:

A ‘Pass’ grade on both the written assignment (Project) as well as in-class participation. A ‘Fail’ grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 course evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Likewise, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Written Assessment:

Students will be assessed through a written project to be submitted within one month of cessation of lectures. This written assignment will be a 2,500 word (+/- 200 words). Submitted essays will be graded with accompanying feedback. Referencing guidelines will be provided – students will be expected to support their views by referencing a certain amount of published material.

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

If paying in instalments by direct debit, the deposit to book a place is €150 and the balance is split into three equal monthly payments.

Non-EU Students: Call +353 1 4160034

Why City Colleges?

  • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
  • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
  • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
  • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
  • Study rooms and library in our City Centre location
  • Limited class size
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Diploma in Social Care Studies (Classroom)

Classroom Diploma in Social Care Studies


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Online Diploma in Social Care Studies


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