Social Studies

Social Studies including Criminology & Addiction Studies – Dublin

Including Criminology and Substance Use

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies 5M2181
Child Protection
First Aid
Safe Talk (Suicide Alertness for Everyone)

Duration: One Year Full-Time – September to May

At Sallynoggin College of Further Education, near Dun Laoghaire in Dublin, we offer a Social Studies including Criminology & Addiction Studies Level 5 Certificate course, which 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 definitely 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

Former learners of Social Studies have progressed to QQI Level 6 Advanced Social Studies here in SCFE.
Former learners have also progressed to degree programmes in Institutes of Technology and Universities.

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 – Issues for Youth Work
• Political Studies
• Intercultural Studies
• Communications
• Work Experience

Related Courses

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
– Residential Care Services

Entry Requirements

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