Course Details

Full Course Name:
Diploma in Social Care Studies with a QQI Level 5 Social Studies Minor Award

Course Dates

Next Course Commencing:
24th September 2020
10 weeks, Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Course Award

City Colleges Diploma
QQI Level 5 Social Studies Award

Course Fee

€995 (€1,095 in instalments)
€895 (€995 in instalments)
Call +353 1 4160034

Social care in Ireland from a practical perspective

This course was developed in response to the continuing education needs of professionals in social and community settings in Ireland. In the context of professionalisation of social care work, this course reflects the area of social care in Ireland from a practical perspective.

The course 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 those who are interested in gaining a professional qualification in social care and employees of the industry that have some 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 course 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 Overview

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence required for employment in a Social Care Setting. It will introduce learners to the area of sociology and social studies and to develop their understanding and awareness of social issues in their own lives and society in general. Learners will develop basic research skills and learn to recognise the complexity of social issues.

Course Content

Learners will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of sociology and its relevance to understanding their position as an individual, a family member and as part of a community and wider society

2. Discuss the process of socialisation and the agents of socialisation by analysing family peer groups, education, media and how they impact on their lives

3. Examine the area of social stratification in Irish society and describe how this society can be divided into different social strata ie class, gender, race/ethnicity

4. Discuss the impact of discrimination on individuals in society by looking at discrimination and its impact on the following members of society – travellers, the socially marginalised, elderly people, immigrant and migrant workers of diverse racially and cultural backgrounds, minority religions and homosexuals and transsexuals

5. Explore the role and function of the family as a social unit, the changes that have taken place in the family within an Irish context taking into account the implications of martial breakdown

6. Acquire basic research skills by summarising the differences between primary and secondary research and qualitative and quantitative methods

7. Design appropriate survey methods e.g. questionnaires, interviews, observation as investigate strategies to unfamiliar social problems

8. Use a variety of media to access information e.g. new information technology, the library classification system

9. Explore the importance of documenting and acknowledging all relevant sources consulted by employing the Harvard system of referencing and identifying and applying skill of producing a well constructed bibliography

10. Exercise initiative and independence by investigating the experience of discrimination/discriminating practices encountered by one group in Irish society

11. Plan direct and manage time and work independently to provide evidence of research e.g. correspondence, note taking, interviews, tape recordings

12. Process and present findings from research and draw conclusions from their analysis that discusses possible strategies for alleviating discriminating practices for a number of groups in Irish society.


Project – 50%

Examination – Theory 50%

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, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma.



Alison Dillon

Alison Dillon holds a Bachelor of Business and Law degree from University College Dublin, a postgraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis both from TCD.

She has had a number of journal articles published and has delivered conference presentations in the field of psychology, with a particular interest in autism and associated issues.

In addition to her lecturing work at City Colleges, Alison works as a psychologist and has a wide range of clinical and research experience: from working with challenging teenage behaviours to assist adults with psychological issues and administering psychological assessments.

She was awarded a full scholarship to the Morningside Academy in the US where she was trained in the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction, a research-based, empirically validated educational model for behaviour analysts.

Course Fee

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

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

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
  • Parking

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QQI in Social Care Studies (Classroom)

Classroom QQI in Social Care Studies


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Alison Dillon


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Online Diploma in Social Care Studies


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Alison Dillon