social studies course

Social Studies

With Option to include Criminology and Addiction Studies

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies 5M2181
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Duration: One Year Full-Time

This Level 5 Certificate course offers a broad introduction to the area of social studies.

There are two options and both options are designed to enable learners to develop the personal qualities, knowledge, skills and academic background required to progress and pursue a career in the social work/social care sector whether through advancement to third level or by going directly into employment.
Option 2 would be particularly suitable to anyone who is considering making application to an Garda Siochána or to the prison service.

“With the support and guidance of SCFE and the social studies teachers in particular, I have developed an understanding about myself and how I fit in to society, the community and the world. It has opened my mind and helped restore my confidence so that I wake up with a tingle of excitement as now anything seems possible.”
Brona Donnolly

Learners who successfully complete a QQI Level 5 Certificate may be able to use their results to progress 
to related Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes in Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third level
 progression opportunities for QQI learners are continually being developed and enhanced.
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Former learners have progressed to the advanced Social Studies QQI Level 6 course here in SCFE and to third level colleges such as UCD, DIT, NUI Maynooth and IT Blanchardstown to study degree programmes in Social Science, Social Care and Applied Social Studies. Others have gone on to study in a broad range of areas such as journalism and political studies.

Course Features

• Educational field trips
• Off-campus research
• Practical and team-working projects provide experience based learning
• An opportunity to gain experience in a voluntary capacity in a variety of organistations
• Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library


Option 1
• Social studies
• Psychology
• Human Growth & Development
• Child protection & family law
• Political Studies
• Communications
• Equality issues
• Work experience
• Intercultural Issues
• Study skills & Information Technology

Course Content

Option 2
• Sociology
• Psychology
• Criminology
• Understanding Imprisonment
• Substance Use and Addiction Studies
• Communications
• Work Experience
• Intercultural Studies

Employment Opportunities

Direct employment in social, educational and community services such as:
– Social and voluntary services
– Family and community services
– Residential care services
– Home care services

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent
LCA or relevant experience
Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements