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Course Code: 5M4468

Course Content

  • Social Studies
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience 
  • Psychology

Students will also complete the following courses:

  • People Handling
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
  • First Aid Response (PHECC)

Award QQI Level 5 award in Community Health Services.




This one year course is designed to provide an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of Social Studies and Social Care.

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Cert Applied (LCA), Mature students or applicants with other equivalent qualifications
are welcome to apply.

Progression and Career Options:

Graduates will have a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to seek employment in the caring services, youth, family and community work. The vast majority of students completing this course progress to social and health related Degree courses in UCD, DCU, Maynooth, NUIG, UCC, DKIT, TCD, ITB, DIT, WIT, IT Carlow, IT Sligo. This course also provides common entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.

applied social studies psychology

Student Testimonial:

'I found that deciding to attend DIFE one of the best decisions I have ever made. I found the course interesting, relevant and exciting. The support I received was unreal, every step of the way staff were there only too willing to help. I got accepted into both Maynooth and Trinity and chose Trinity to qualify as a social worker. I am finding that my first year in Trinity is very doable, given the terrific foundation I received in DIFE.' - Sue Doherty (past student)

Drogheda Institute of
Further Education,

The Twenties, Drogheda, Co.Louth.

Phone: 041 9837105
Fax: 041 9841653
Email: dife@lmetb.ie


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