Community and Social Care (Mornings)

Level 5 QQI Award

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Duration

One Year

Overview

This course is suitable for both mature students and school leavers, who would like to work in the area of health and social care. This QQI Award provides the opportunity to pursue a fulfilling and rewarding career providing care and support to vulnerable people in the community. Students will acquire knowledge of health and social care theories and best practice. Students will also acquire practical experience on work placement. This could include a variety of settings such as resource centres, hostels for homeless, addiction services and youth projects.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate Established/ LCVP
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Relevant QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature applicants are welcome
  • For applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements, please contact DFEi.

Course Modules

  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Family Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Community Addiction Studies
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Teamworking
  • Work Experience
  • Mathematics (Optional)
  • Communications
Module Information

Module Information

COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL CARE

 

Care Provision & Practice 5N2705

Learn & understand the concepts of a holistic approach to people in need of care in a community setting. Apply your knowledge in a learning environment that enables the learner to develop competence and confidence in applying relevant care skills safely and responding effectively to specific situations for people of all ages.

Assessment: Assignment x 2 (30%) Skills Demonstration (40%)

 

Family Studies 5N4466

This module looks at the dynamics of family while incorporating the changes over many generations that bring us to modern Ireland today.  Topics include the types of family, parenting styles, individual and family life cycles, a wide variety of challenges faced in society and strategies available. These topics offer the opportunity for open discussion creating an interesting learning environment.  Completion of this module will benefit anyone interested in working socially with people or simply for personal gain.

Assessments: Assignments x 2 (60%) Examination (40%)

 

Human Growth and Development 5N1279

Gain the knowledge and understanding of how humans develop physically, intellectually and psychologically over the entire life span. This module covers the stages of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Material includes a variety of theorists and theories that have led the way in psychology today. This is an interesting and thought provoking module that offers an opportunity for many open discussions within the classroom environment.

Assessments: Assignments x 2 (60%) Examination (40%)

 

Social Studies 5N1370

Societal values and changes impact all our lives. This module explores theories of how and why we behave in situations. Learners will study and research contemporary issues such as discrimination, social stratification and socialisation.  An important element of this module is research skills and how to conduct a short study on an issue effecting modern Irish society.

Assessments: Project (50%) Exam (50%)

 

Teamworking 5N1367

Gain an appreciation of teamworking within the student’s own vocational area. Engage in team tasks to demonstrate competencies that relate to core teamworking skills. These include leadership, problem solving, conflict management, time management and goal setting. Throughout the course students will evaluate their own abilities leading to greater self-awareness.  

Assessment: Collection of Work (60%) Skills Demonstration (40%)

 

Work Experience 5N1356

You will prepare for work placement in a relevant vocational area through an evaluation of your skills set, the development of a CV, and an understanding of current work place legislation. An integral part of this component is developing the skills required for a successful job search; therefore is it your responsibility to secure your own placement. On completion of your Work Placement of at least 10 days (or 60 hours) you will reflect, review and consider your future career options.

Assessment: Collection of Work (60%) Skills Demonstration (Work placement 40%)

 

Community Addiction Studies 5N1834

This module introduces the student to understanding the process of addiction and the impact of drugs on users, families and communities. Investigation of services, the role media and intervention strategies at local and national levels will be explored. Personal values, attitudes and beliefs are also examined.

Assessment: Collection of Work (60%) Assignment (40%)

 

Communications 5N0690

Gain the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related situations, operating independently and under general direction.

Assessments Collection of Work (50%) and Skills Demonstration (50%)

Certification

  • Level 5 QQI Award - Community and Health Services (5M4468)
  • First Aid - Irish Red Cross Certificate
  • Manual Handling - Safety First Training Certificate
  • Elder Abuse - DFEi Certificate
  • Child Protection - DFEi Certificate

Special Features

  • DFEi offers Mathematics as an optional module for students
  • This course is scheduled as a morning course to allow students to study and work at the same time

Work Experience

This programme requires students to undertake work experience that will bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they assume positions of trust. As a result all students will undertake Garda Vetting prior to commencing their work experience.

Progression Opportunities

DFEi: Graduates may progress to the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Health Services Supervisory Management Skills at DFEi.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Progression Examples

Bachelor of Social Science (MH107)

BA in Community Youth Work (MH116)

National University of Ireland Maynooth

BSc in Applied Psychology (DL825)

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

BA in Social Care (DT571)

BA in Early Childhood Education (DT572)

Dublin Institute of Technology

BA in Social Care Practice (TAO25)

Institute of Technology Tallaght

Bachelor of Social Science (CK102)

Bachelor of Social Science - Youth and Community Work (CK114)

University College Cork

Career Paths

Graduates may find employment working with individual clients, clients in residential care or in the community e.g. resource centres, learning disability, family support, addiction services, youth projects or as a special needs assistant.

Accreditations

Karin McLoughlin

2016 graduate.
"I have loved every minute of this course. It has given me an insight into the area of healthcare and a desire to learn more, in particular Sociology. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone interested in working in…

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Karin McLoughlin

2016 graduate.
"I have loved every minute of this course. It has given me an insight into the area of healthcare and a desire to learn more, in particular Sociology. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone interested in working in healthcare but are not 100% sure what exact path to take."

Department Head

Janet Kelly Dunne

Janet Kelly Dunne

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