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Advanced Certificate in Social Studies


This course will be of benefit to those who have a particular interest in the professional aspects of social care. Students will get an understanding of the many roles of a social care worker and models of social care provision. For instance, there is an emphasis in current practice of integrating people with disabilities or special educational needs within mainstream provision. Finally, this course introduces students to counselling skills, with an emphasis on reflection and self-awareness.

Course Content

QQI Level 6 Award Subjects

Disability Awareness (6N1975)

Rehabilitation Practice (6N2196)

Person Centred Planning (6N2206)

Work Experience (6N1946)

Communications (6N1950)

Mental Health Awareness (6N2209)

Health Promotion (6N2214)

Positive Behaviour Support (6N2215)

Suicide Awareness (6N2212)

Criminology (5N2107)

Entry Requirements

QQI level 5 award in Community Health Services, Applied Social Studies or equivalent. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements but can demonstrate industry experience.


QQI Level 6 Major Award in Social and Vocational Integration 6M2218


Students can progress through the Higher Education Links Scheme Click here for links

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Course Fee  €260.00


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Repeating may seem like the end of the world but the dedicated and hard-working teachers and staff at Plunket College make repeating less stressful.  I'd recommend it to anyone.

Denise, Repeat Leaving Certificate

"I never thought that I would go to university because of Leaving Cert points, never mind have the opportunity to study in an area (Psychology) where it is so difficult to get a place.  I owe how well I did in university in no small part to the year I spent on the Counselling & Psychology course in Plunket College; it was indispensable in getting me where I am now, a second year Psychology student in NUI Maynooth.

David O'Neill, BA in Psychology student, NUI Maynooth

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