Diploma in Social Care Studies


Course: Diploma in Social Care

Start date: 25 September 2019

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

Course fee: €995 (or €1,095 if paying the course fee 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

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)


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

  1. Psychological Aspect of Social Care
  2. Contemporary Social Care Practice in Ireland

The psychological component provides a solid introduction to developmental theories across the human lifespan including influences on childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.

The practice component 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 employees of the industry that have 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.

  • Lifespan Psychological Development (weeks 1-5):

    • Psychology and its application to Social Care
    • Childhood Development including Attachment Theory and Emotional Development
    • Lifespan Learning and Development
    • Adolescence and Early Adulthood
    • Life Transitions in Adulthood
    • Old Age and End of Life Care

    Social Care Applications (weeks 6-10):

    • Historical Context and Policy of Social Care in Ireland
    • Childcare practices including Children’s First Guidelines
    • Social Care Models and Service Provision
    • Disability Studies
    • Care of the Older Person

  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) delivered by Dr. Finian Fallon

    Dr. Finian Fallon is an IACP accredited psychotherapist. He holds a first class honours BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Masters in Addiction Studies and a Doctorate in Psychotherapy from DCU. He works in his private clinic (ABC Counselling and Psychotherapy) on Kildare Street in Dublin 2 and he also works as a psychotherapist for an organisation supporting survivors of torture and asylum seekers.

    Finian uses an evidence based integrative approach in his practice, and incorporates CBT and mindfulness perspectives in his work. He has a number of published academic works to his credit, including presenting at the BACP research conference, and is interested in developing research that provides practical clinical benefits.


    AOIFEPAoife Prendergast is a Lecturer in the Department of Humanities at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Having completed both her undergraduate (BSc, Diploma sa Gaeilge) and postgraduate studies (MA in Health Promotion) at NUI Galway, Aoife has undertaken a diverse breadth of work with a variety of client groups and settings. Aoife has substantial lecturing and training experience in both the UK and Ireland in a variety of roles including National Training Projects Co-ordinator and Community Health Co-ordinator for NHS Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK. She has successfully created and managed numerous innovative training and development projects in public health within diverse communities in both the UK and Ireland. In addition, Aoife was selected as a Community Empowerment Champion for her work in the East of England in 2010. A skilled and successful lecturer, her exposure to various cultures and widely divergent groups ensures her comfort level in working with a variety of clients. She has presented extensively internationally in Canada, UK, Italy and Ireland. Her abiding belief is that education is a personal and communal process that is the path to the social change needed by communities.


    Her research interests include participatory learning methodologies and assessment techniques, practice education and active citizenship. She is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education.

  • A ‘Pass’ grade on both the written assignment (Project) will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 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.

  • To download an application form click here

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

For More Information

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