Applied Social Studies (Applied Social Studies)


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies – 5M2181.

Launch your career in social care or social work.

Identify issues affecting your own life and that of your community and society. Study psychology and how to apply the theory to real life situations. Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for active and positive participation in the complex, diverse and rapidly changing society we live in. Develop an awareness for how to best support and respond to the needs of people with intellectual difficulties.

Develop your professional competency by learning about law and how to promote safety and health in a working environment.

Applied Social Studies at Mallow Campus will equip you with knowledge, confidence and ability to advance to degrees in social care, social work and in youth and community work.

Graduate with the competence to work effectively in a variety of community/social care settings and with the ability to relate to people of all ages regardless of their needs.

Award QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies – 5M2181.
Format Full-time. September 2024 to May 2025.
Location Onsite at Mallow Campus or Charleville Campus
Timetable Hours between Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 15:30.
Requirements No CAO required (Leaving Cert./LCA/equivalent for under 23s). Application review discussion.
Starting Classes start the week of Monday the 16th of September 2024.
Contact or info call 022-43309, Charleville Campus: or Call 063-81422
Applications Applications open. Places available. No deposit required to start your application.

Career Prospects

  • Community and youth work projects. +
  • Community childcare opportunities. +
  • Intellectual disability services. +
  • Social care assistant (after further study). +
  • Voluntary organisations. +

Course Contents

QQI Component Title

Award Code





Work Experience






Intercultural Studies



Social Studies



Care Support



Huamn Growth and Development



Intellectual Disability Studies



Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.


One year. Full-time. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. 


50 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ to another European country for 2 weeks. Find out more and apply.

Entry Requirements

  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an application review discussion. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


Garda Vetting

This course requires participants to be Garda vetted. Continued participation on the course and work placement is dependent on the successful completion of this process.

Work Experience

Work experience is an integral part of this course. The dates and duration will be specified by the College in September.


Graduates can progress to Social Care and Community Development in CIT, to Arts, Applied Psychology, Social Work, Youth & Community and Criminology in UCC, to Social Care in IT Tralee, to Psychology & Sociology in UL, to Social Science, Psychology and Social Care in WIT. See for further information.

A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.