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


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 414863
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.