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Certificate in Social Care Skills | Part-Time

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Eligibility
  • Next Steps
  • Apply
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Social Care provision is a fast evolving sector in particular during the current pandemic. It addresses the non-medical needs of people who experience disadvantage, marginalisation or who have special needs (disability). ‘Social Care recipients’ are those people who have health or similar dependency problems. The Certificate in Social Care Skills aims to provide a focused suite of skills relevant to social care, allied to relevant academic knowledge. Learners will gain a grounding in professional care skills such as hygiene, infection control, first aid and patient handling. Additionally, training will be provided in important administrative skills such as needs analysis, risk assessment, report writing and care planning. These are essential skills not only for those working as Care Assistants or in support roles, but also as a basis for potential progression to qualification as a Social Care Worker. The programme has been designed for those who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge required for an applied setting in a role as a Social Care Assistant or Support Worker and/or for those may use this special purpose award qualification as a possible 'stepping stone' to a L7 qualification, reskilling or upskilling in the area of applied social care skills.

This Certificate in Social Care Skills has been developed based on feedback from employers, participants and has been developed as a micro credential programme for Springboard. The proliferation of private-sector care providers has provided increased employment opportunities . In the review for validation of this programme, Dublin Business School conducted engagement with employers from nursing homes, HSE and recruitment agencies specialising in this field.Recruitment agencies active in this sector e.g. CPL have indicated that there are employment opportunities in the areas of Social Care- Disability and Residential Care, Family Support Workers and Access Workers and Residential Social Care Assistants (February 2021). A recent report (Employment Guidelines for the Home Care Sector: The Workers’ Perspective; Report 2015) indicated that there are approximately 12,000 workers employed directly by the HSE and voluntary sector, with an additional 6,000-8,000 in the private home sector – although this figure could be underestimated. A number of organisations and individuals have been consulted on the design and execution of the parent programme. A number of recent advertisements (February 2021) demonstrate the demand for social care practitioners; Additionally, there is a need for social care professionals in the residential child care placements and assistance placements as the number of families and children coming into centres have doubled as a result of the current pandemic (RTE News, 2021 According to indeed (February, 2021), there are over 300 roles for social care workers available in Ireland, and over 380 jobs in residential social care in Ireland, for example: Nursing Home Social Care Worker, Social Care Assistant, Social Care Practitioner, as well as Homecare Assistants.


Click here to view provisional timetable.


This programme is taught on a hybrid basis. This means learners are timetabled either in-class or online, in a mix of online and in-class days.


Entry Requirements

For this programme the minimum entry requirements are Leaving Certificate applicants who have achieved 5 O6/H7s, to include English or another language or a full Level 5 FETAC Award or equivalent.

If you are over 23 years of age and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. 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.


Applications under RPL will also be considered in line with the College's RPL policy.

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 *Eligibility and entry requirements apply.

Course Content

  • Professional Practice: Introduction to Care Skills
  • Social Care in Practice
  • Social Policy and Law for Social Care

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Typically, students will attend classes on two evenings per week from 6:15pm to 9:30pm.

This programme is taught on a hybrid basis. This means learners are timetabled either in-class or online, in a mix of online and in-class days.

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Career Opportunities

This programme does not fulfil the requirements for the Standards of Proficiency regulated by CORU for the title of Social Care Worker/Practitioner.

Upon completion of the programme, graduates would potentially take up roles as:

Disability or Residential Care Assistant
Family Support Worker
Access Worker
Residential Care Assistants
Nursing Home Assistant
Social Care Assistant
Homecare Assistants


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To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must hold a full Level 5 NFQ award or equivalent in any discipline.

People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2023/24 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements).  

Note: For Stamp 4 holders or Stamp 4 EU FAM, residency will be calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.  

Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration.

  • People in Employment

    Under the Springboard+ 2023/24 initiative, this programme is free for all participants.

    The applicant must also meet the nationality/visa requirements and residency criteria, i.e. they must be able to demonstrate that they have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.  Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees.  Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a company sponsorship form in order to invoice to your employer.


    A copy of a most recent payslip or an up to date employment letter.

    Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.

  • Returners

    Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, have previous history of employment but may require upskilling or reskilling to transition back to the workforce.  Applicants must have been a homemaker or on other caring duties or economically dependent on a partner or spouse for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months.


    Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to their status.  Click here to fill out form

    It should be noted that acceptance onto a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.

    Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.


  • The Unemployed

    Applicants must be in receipt of any of the following social welfare payments:

    Please Note:  Those signing for social insurance contribution credits are also eligible to apply.


    Most recent copy receipt of payment of any of the above categories.


    A letter from DEASP to confirm the type of payment you are currently in receipt of.

    Please Note:

    There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. 

    Participants in receipt of one of the above payments at the time the Springboard+ course commences are eligible to apply for a place on that course.  However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long-term unemployed.

    Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%.

  • Self-Employed

    Self-employed applicants are eligible to apply.


    A letter from their accountant or relevant documentation from Revenue showing that they are self-employed in Ireland would suffice

    Fees: This course is free to all participants.

  • Previously Self-Employed and actively seeking employment

    People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard+ and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Case Officer, take up a Springboard+ course.


    A letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant.

    Fees: The fees for this programme under this category are fully funded at 100%. 

  • Jobseekers Benefit

  • Jobseekers Allowance

  • One Parent Family

  • Disability Allowance

  • Qualified Adults of Working Age

  • Carers Allowance

  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist

  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension

  • Blind Pension

  • Deserted Wives Allowance 


NOTE: If your eligibility status changes prior to commencing the course, you will need to contact the admissions office to assess are you still eligible to enrol on the programme. Failure to do this may result in you losing your place on the programme.

Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website. Please note that the documentation supporting the applicants status will be required as part of the application process. Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.

The following documents are required by DBS as part of the application process. When you apply through the Springboard+ website, a member of the DBS Admissions Team will be in touch in relation to requesting the following documents:

  • Academic Transcripts of results (this is a breakdown of each year, all the modules studied and all results achieved). If these transcripts are in a language other than English, we will require the originals together with official translated copies.

  • Proof of ID - Driver's Licence of Passport.

  • Proof of residency for all applicants for three of the last five years. This can be revenue documents, letter from DEASP office or letter from previous or current employer.

  • For Non-EU Applicants currently residing in Ireland, a copy of your Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Card or proof of residency is required to demonstrate that you have been residing in the EU for three of the last five years.

  • For applicants who do not hold the required qualification and are applying through APEL (Approved Prior Experiential Learning), a recently updated and detailed CV is required with education and work experience to date. In addition, a personal statement is required outlining your reasons for applying for the course and why you would be a suitable candidate. This should be in the format of a word document and have between 500 and 700 words.

  • For applicants whose first language is not English and who have not previously undertaken a degree taught through English, evidence must be provided of proficiency in English language equivalent to B2+ or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This must be evidenced through a recognised English Language Test such as IELTS, Cambridge, PTE, Duolingo, or DBS English Placement Test. Test certificates must be dated within the last two years.


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Next Steps

Apply online via the Springboard portal here.

Corporate Services

Did you know? DBS now can meet with you and your company to discuss the Springboard+ Government funded programmes, to see if it could work as a learning & development solution for your organisation.


This is ideal for any size organisation in any industry based in Dublin and the surrounding counties, that may want to invest in employees' professional development.


For more information on this new service or to arrange a meeting, please contact our Corporate Services Team on [email protected] or by telephone 01 417 7500.


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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)


Duration: 1 Academic Year  
Study Mode: 
Part-time / 2 evenings per week
Course Commencement Date: 
September 2023
Award Level: Level 6
ECTS Credits:
Fees: Free for participants


We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2023. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 8:45am to 5:15pm

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