Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Care

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps


Whether your interest is in progressing towards a career in the field of social care or in working with those in a care setting, with mental or physical disability, the homeless, or those dealing with the challenge of addiction, the BA in Applied Social Care is the degree for you.

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Care provides teaching of theoretical concepts applied to social care practice, along with intensive training  by experienced professionals in the practical skills required to work in the caring professions (e.g. in first aid, manual handling, hygiene/Infection control, child protection training and therapeutic crisis intervention). It was developed in response to the needs of the social care sector in the context of the professionalization of social care work and includes both theoretical and practice components. The hallmark of the programme is to provide the intellectual rigour of the disciplines and to emphasise the practical aspects of working in a social care environment.

From social skills and social policy, learners will be challenged to think in a rigorous and scientific way about social processes, institutions, policies. From the first to the final year of the programme there is a consistent emphasis on theory and practical skills that puts the client at the centre of all practice. All learners will complete supervised practice placements in years 2 and 3.

Aims & Objectives

The aims of the BA in Applied Social Care are:

  • To provide a programme which combines academic depth with appropriately rigorous skills training in the area of social care management.

  • To facilitate learner knowledge of professional social care practice and the management roles in the social care profession.

  • To enable learners to integrate their practical skills and theoretical knowledge with advanced management training specifically in a social care context.

  • Provide graduates with the underpinning academic knowledge to enhance their educational and employment opportunities and provide social care management skills that will be of lasting value to them.

Please note that all learners will be required to submit to vetting by An Garda Siochana. A criminal conviction in Ireland or abroad may impact on securing of a placement and on the ability to secure employment in the social care profession. Vetting will need to be undertaken for each placement setting.

Course Content

The BA in Applied Social Care programme has the following content:

Year 1

Professional Practice 1: Intro to Practical Care Skills

Learning to Learn

Social Care in Practice

Social Policy and Law for Social Care 1

Psychology through the Lifespan

Mental Health Awareness

Sociology for Social Care

Year 2

Psychology through the Lifespan 2

Social Policy and Law for Social Care 2

Working with Intellectual and Physical Disability

Health Promotion Awareness

Professional Practice 2: Therapeutic Approaches in the Caring Professions


Year 3

Abnormal Psychology

Social Psychology

Social Policy and Law for Social Care 3

Understanding Addiction

Professional Practice 3: Team-Working and Facilitation Skills

Sociology for Social Care 3


Students who successfully complete the BA in Applied Social Care have the option of progressing on to year 4 of the BA (Hons) in Applied Social Care.

Assessment Methods

Course work is broken down into the following components for some of which are used in each module:

  • Assignment

  • Practical work, including skills demonstrations

  • Production of care plans

  • Report writing  and record keeping  exercises

  • Research tasks

  • Presentation( individual and group )

  • Reflection

  • In class tests and MCQs

  • Poster presentation

  • Analysis of case studies 

This is a four year programme which can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.

Career Opportunities

The BA in Applied Social Care will equip learners with the skills for work in a variety of social care contexts. Both government and private sector have shown high levels of demand for graduates trained in applied social care. With the advent of the CORU guidelines, there will be a greater need for social care practitioners to be qualified to Level 7. Graduates may take up employment by the state or private sector and in community-based organisations. Social care workers may work with:

  • Children and adolescents in residential care

  • People with learning or physical disabilities

  • People who are homeless

  • People with alcohol/drug dependency

  • Families in the community

  • Older people

  • Recent immigrants to Ireland; and others

With the addition of the BA (Hons) in Applied Social Care Level 8 graduates may work in management positions in these areas.

The fees for the full-time BA in Applied Social Care are €5,795 per annum for EU students.

Click here to view international fees. 

For a full list of Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 2018/2019 click here. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €3,000 and up to €7,000.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code  Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted.

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. 

EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person: 

(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or

(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

There is a standard application fee of €40 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form, or €25 if submitting an online application to before the closing date. Late applicants to CAO will be charged €80 for paper applications and €50 for online applications. 


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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Ordinary Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: Level 7
Title of Award: BA in Applied Social Care
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB528

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