Diploma in Social Care Studies


Diploma in Social Care Studies

Course Details

Full Course name:
Diploma in Social Care Studies

Course Dates

Next course commencing:
Thursday, 26 September 2019

10 weeks, Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995 (€1,095 in instalments)
Online course: €895 (€995 in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

ICM registration: £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management for registration. Please note that a City Colleges’ Diploma will be issued if you choose not to register with ICM

Social care in Ireland from a practical perspective

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.

Course overview text

  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

Alison Dillon 2Alison Dillon holds a Bachelor of Business and Law degree from University College Dublin, a postgraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis both from TCD. She has had a number of journal articles published and has delivered conference presentations in the field of psychology, with a particular interest in autism and associated issues. In addition to her lecturing work at City Colleges, Alison works as a psychologist and has a wide range of clinical and research experience: from working with challenging teenage behaviours to assist adults with psychological issues and administering psychological assessments. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Morningside Academy in the US where she was trained in the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction, a research-based, empirically validated educational model for behaviour analysts.

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. If completing the course online, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.

The assignment/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.

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

Non-EU students: €1,295

ICM registration: £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management for registration. Please note that a City Colleges’ Diploma will be issued if you choose not to register with ICM

  • Why City Colleges?
    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking