social studies

Social Studies

Including Criminology and Addiction Studies

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

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

This course is 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, either through advancement to third level or by going directly into employment.

This course combines a broad and balanced foundation in social studies with an exploration of a range of social issues such as crime, inequality, migration and ageing.

“Making the decision to come back to education was definately the right one.  I have really enjoyed the course and have gone on to study the Advanced Social Studies course here in SCFE, making some life-long friendships along the way.”
Asa Whelan

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 TCD, 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 & Facilities

  • Educational field trips
  • Specialist Workshops
  • Guest Speakers
  • Practical and team-working projects provide experience based learning
  • Work experience forms an integral part of the course, offering the opportunity for learners to gain practical experience, transferable skills and expertise in their chosen fields of interest
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library


• Social studies
• Psychology
• Criminology
• Substance Use
• Political Studies
• Intercultural Studies
• Communications
• Work Experience

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
– Adolescent and Child Residential Services

Entry Requirements

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