Applied Social Studies

This course is a foundation for anyone planning a career in the social care field. It can be your stepping-stone to a wide range of Higher Education pathways and career options.

You’ll be introduced to the academic foundation and practical experience necessary of the social sciences. Through the study of a relevant subjects, you can develop an awareness and understanding of a variety of contemporary social issues, equality, diversity and social values.

This course can be your career foundation in social services work, or maybe the beginning of a Higher Education study pathway that could lead you to senior-level professional roles.

What Makes This Course Special

  • In-depth study of the social sciences
  • Foundation to many careers
  • Highly experienced social studies team
  • Study visits to work contexts
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Social Studies
  • Psychology
  • Equality and Disability
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Understanding Community Development
  • Young People and Society
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Advocacy Services
  • Advisory Services
  • Charities
  • Community Work
  • Counselling
  • Education Services
  • Health Support Services
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Therapist
  • Voluntary Work
  • Youth Services


I applied for the Applied Social Studies course at Carlow Institute after deciding to pursue a career in Social Care.

Completing this course was a great experience. The material covered was both interesting and relevant and the classes were very enjoyable. The teachers were all really encouraging and supportive and the facilities were also excellent.

I am now continuing my studies at Carlow College. I really feel that my time at Carlow Institute helped prepare me for College by providing me with a strong foundation in the knowledge and skills required to continue this course of study at a higher level.

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies 5M2181


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PLSS Code: 331878
Coordinator: Annette Dempsey

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.