Applied Social Studies with Psychology


Award: QQI Level 5 Applied Social Studies 5M2181 

Course Overview 

This course is designed to introduce students to the concept of social studies, sociology and psychology in order to be able to acquire knowledge, develop skills and competences to work under supervision in a range of social care settings or to progress further to higher education and training.  There are different assessment processes in this course including assignments, exams, project work and learner records. 


This is a full time course that runs over 1 academic school year 

4 days per week with 1 day a week on work experience placement, 


  • Social Studies 5N1370  
  • Intercultural Studies 5N0765  
  • Psychology 5N0754  
  • Communications 5N0690  
  • Work Experience 5N1356  
  • Care Support 5N0758  
  • Human Growth and Development 5N1279  
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794 

Entry Level 

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or FETAC/QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements. 

Work Experience 

External work experience is a vital part of this course. Learners are required to secure a minimum of 80 hours’ work experience. Students will need to undergo Garda Vetting 

Costing for Course: 

  • Registration fee: €50 Non-refundable 
  • Human Growth and Development Book: €25/30 (approx.) 
  • Exam/Certificate Fee: €50Exempt if student has evidence of Back to Education or SUSI Grant or Medical Card 



  • Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice – AIT 
  • Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Applied Social Studies in Social care – AIT 
  • Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Social Care Practice – Sligo IT 

For information regarding QQI requirements and links to Higher Education Links follow the CAO website and lookup QQI requirements.

St. Angela’s College, Sligo (APT Partner College) 

The Access to Post-Primary Teaching (APT) Project is a joint initiative between the National University of Ireland Galway and St. Angela’s College, Sligo, which is funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) under the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH). PATH Strand 1 focuses on projects which set out to increase the number of students from under-represented groups entering teacher education.

The APT Project has developed a direct entry route into St. Angela’s three Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes. This restricted entry route is specifically for students from socio-economic groups which are under-represented in higher education, and who are undertaking a QQI-FET qualification in a Further Education (FE) College within the Border, Midland West (BMW) region only.  APT entrants to the BA PME programmes receive a range of financial and other support on entry to the programme and throughout their studies.

This project is led by the Home Economics and Education Departments, along with the Access Office of St. Angela’s College, in partnership with Templemichael College and other Further Education (FE) providers in the Border, Midlands and Western (BMW) region.  More information about the Access to Post-Primary Teaching Project is available from

LWETB Learner Handbook – available online.

Guidance Counsellor/Learner Support: Our guidance counsellor Janet McManus is available to support all students with their career and welfare issues. Email:

For more information contact the course coordinator: Pat Horan