Advanced Social Studies *NEW for 2020*

Award Title: QQI Level 6 Certificate in Social and Vocational Integration

Programme Co-ordinator: Olive Keyes

Award Code: 6M2218

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme designed to introduce learners to the professional aspects of social care. The learner will gain an understanding of the many roles of a social care worker and models of social care provision. There is an emphasis on the leadership and teamwork skills required to provide services in the social care industry. This course introduces students to best practices in the areas of both disability and mental health.

Component Awards:

  • Health Promotion (6N2214)
  • Person Centred Planning (6N2206)
  • Disability Awareness (6N1975)
  • Rehabilitation Practice (6N2196)
  • Mental Health Awareness (6N2209)
  • Personal and Professional Development (6N1946)
  • Team Leadership (6N1948)
  • Social Studies (5N1370)
  • Young People and Society (5N2002)
  • Criminology (5N2107)

Entry Requirements:

  • QQI/FETAC Level 5 Award in Applied Social Studies (5N2181), Childcare (DCHSC), Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009), Community Care (5M2786), Youth Work (5M4732), or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an interview.
  • Prior experience of working in a professional capacity in the industry.
  • Garda clearance is a requirement.


  • Entry to Level 7 and 8 programmes in Early Childhood Care and Education, Youth Work and Social Studies.
  • Employment may be obtained in a wide variety of settings, including residential care centres, community projects, youth centres, centres for young people and adults with special educational needs, nursing homes and day care centres for the elderly/aged.


Approximately €350 to cover the costs of textbooks and examination fees.

Additional Training:

Learners may have the opportunity to complete the following short courses:

  • First Aid Responder
  • MAPA Training
  • Manual Handling
  • Fire Safety Training
  • Child Protection Training