Diploma in Social Care Studies




Course: Diploma in Social Care Studies

Start date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, Wednesday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more classroom-based courses with the School of Psychology can do so at a fee of €895 per course.

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) accredtied by ICM

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)


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This Diploma was developed in response to the continuing education needs of professionals in social and community settings in Ireland. In the context of professionalisation of social care work, this course reflects the area of social care in Ireland from a practical perspective.

The course explores current social care practices, theoretical concepts and approaches in a variety of diverse settings in Ireland

The course is designed primarily to meet the needs of those who are interested in gaining a professional qualification in social care and employees of the industry that have some practical experience in statutory, voluntary and private service and settings including independent and residential services for individuals with disabilities, residential and aftercare services for children, homeless services, services for older people and community support services.

The aim of the Diploma is to educate reflective practitioners who can continue to learn and develop their professional knowledge, interpersonal skills and self-awareness appropriate for careers in social care.

    1. Historical Context and Policy of Social Care in Ireland
    2. Social Care Models and Service Provision
    3. Childcare practices including Children’s First Guidelines
    4. Early Childhood and Children and Families
    5. Children in Care (Foster Care, Adoption and Residential Care)
    6. Residential Child Care
    7. Disability Studies
    8. Family Law
    9. Youth and Community Work
    10. Juvenile Justice


    Gillian FinaneGillian Finane is a Barrister working in both Criminal and Civil Law. She had previously worked in the area of Child Care in a full-time capacity for over 15 years, working at management level for 10 years. She is a qualified Barrister, having been called to the Bar of Ireland in July 2015 having completed the Barrister at Law Degree. Gillian holds a BA (Hons) in Social Care and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Honorable Society of Kings Inns. She has vast experience of working with vulnerable young people and their families. For over 15 years Gillian maintained responsibility of making high-quality assessments of need, gathering and analysing quality information, reporting in a verbal and written capacity to Court services and a range of multidisciplinary teams of professionals. She considers herself to be motivated, diligent, hardworking, and genuinely driven to advocate on behalf of vulnerable people.

    Gillian now primarily works primarily as a Barrister, but also consults in a variety of care settings including residential childcare, aftercare and assessment work with children and families. Having worked with children and families for over 15 years in a variety of roles, she is dedicated to improving the quality of professionals working alongside these very vulnerable people.

  • A ‘Pass’ grade on both the written assignment (Project) will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Social Care Studies. A ‘Fail’ grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10-course evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Likewise, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

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    For more information please contact us on 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email info@citycolleges.ie

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Please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email info@citycolleges.ie