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Social Care Studies

City Colleges’ Professional Diploma
  • Developed in response to the continuing education needs of professionals
  • Live online training with real-time instructor-student interaction.
  • 10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm GMT
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  • Starting September 2024

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This Diploma in Social Care Studies 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.

A Diploma in Social Care Studies opens up a variety of career opportunities in the social care sector. A diploma can serve as a stepping stone for further education, such as a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work or related fields. It provides a solid foundation for advanced studies.

This program provides essential skills and knowledge needed to effectively support individuals in need, including vulnerable populations such as the elderly, people with disabilities, and children in care. Key skills include communication, empathy, problem-solving, and understanding of social policies and legislation.

For those already working in the field, a diploma can enhance professional credentials, leading to potential promotions and higher salary prospects. It also demonstrates a commitment to the profession and continuous learning.

Working in social care allows individuals to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives. It is a rewarding career where one can help improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.

During the course, students have the chance to connect with professionals in the field, including instructors and peers. These connections can be valuable for future career opportunities and professional support.

This Diploma in Social Care Studies provides the necessary knowledge, skills to pursue a rewarding and stable career in social care. It equips individuals to make a positive difference in society, enhances career prospects, and lays the groundwork for further educational and professional development.

Week 1 – Understanding Social Care and introduction to the Course

Week 2 – Social care – practice, professionalism, and post professionalism

Week 3 – Psychological theories of child development

Week 4 – Equality: A challenge to social care

Week 5 – Gender, sexuality and social care

Week 6 – Evidence-based practice in social care

Week 7 – Managing challenging behaviour

Week 8 – Residential childcare

Week 9 – Social care and the older person and people with disabilities

Week 10 – Working with young people – disclosure, policy, and practice

Check out the full course outline here.

Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided.

If completing the course online, students’ attendance and participation in the live or recorded classes are tracked through Moodle.

The Diploma is assessed by way of written assignment (100%).


Anita Brady

Anita Brady BSoc.Sc., MScoc.Sc. is a graduate of Maynooth University and a Bachelor of Sociology and Social Policy and holds a Master’s Degree in Rights and Social Policy. Upon completion of Anita’s undergraduate Degree, she was awarded first-class honours in respect of her Dissertation which examined the experiences of whistleblowers in Ireland.

Anita has presented lectures on the experiences of whistleblowers from a sociological and policy perspective and was a tutor in Maynooth University where she tutored the module entitled: Political economy within the European Union.

Anita’s Master’s Degree explored from a social policy perspective, tribunals and inquiries in Ireland, with a particular emphasis on corruption, malpractice, wrongdoing and whistleblowing scandals in an Garda Síochána. Anita currently works in the area of social care; specifically, working with children who have experienced major trauma and in the care of the State. Anita currently lectures the Diploma in Social Studies in City Colleges Dublin.

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A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

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In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

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