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Applied Social Studies with Special Needs Assisting (QQI Level 5)

This full-time one year programme offers an introduction to the theory and practice of Social Studies, Special Needs and Psychology. It aims to increase awareness of the practical applications of social and psychological theory, while also developing the skills and role of the Special Needs Assistant.

This programme is also relevant to those interested in applying psychological theories to the area of Special Needs Assisting in an educational setting. The course allows graduates to progress to a number of 3rd level courses or to progress to employment as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA).


Course Details

  • Psychology
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Experience
  • Mathematics (Optional)
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Safety and Health at Work

Modules are subject to change.

* Leaving Certificate, QQI level 4 or equivalent standard of education. All applicants are subject to an interview and an online assessment. Applicants must also satisfy An Garda Síochána vetting requirements. 

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS)

US921   Social Care Practice (Level 8)

US780  Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 7)

US782  Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7)

US925 Applied Psychology* *(Level 8)

Maynooth University (MU)

MH101  Arts (Level 8)

MH116  Community and Youth Work (Level 8)

MH107  Social Science (Level 8)

Atlantic Technological University (ATU)

AU593   Applied Social Care (Level 7)

AU696   Applied Social Care (Level 8)

AU985   Education Home Economics & Biology – Teaching

AU986   Education Home Economics & Religion – Teaching

AU990   Home Economics

AU988   Home Economics Teaching

University of Galway

GY101  Arts (Level 8)

GY104  BSC Psychology (Level 8) 

GY110   Arts (Children & Youth Studies) (Level 8)

GY123  Social Sciences (Level 8)

South East Technological University (SETU)

SE926  Professional Social Care Practice (Level 7)

SE918  Professional Social Care Practice (Level 8)

SE205   Psychology (Level 8)

Carlow CollegePC414   B.A. (Honours) in Psychology (Level 8)#
University College Dublin (UCD)

DN720  Psychology (Level 8)

DN750  Social Policy and Sociology (Level 8)

Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application or

# 3-year programme, €4,750 fees per year apply.

**QQI Level 5 or Leaving Certificate Maths required.

For further information, contact Elaine on 057 9349424 or email

€50 QQI Level 5 Certification Fee – Medical Card holders or those in receipt of a Social Welfare payment are exempt from this Certification Fee.

VTOS: If you are over 21 years of age, are unemployed and have been getting certain social welfare payments for at least 6 months you can apply for the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS). Successful applicants can receive a VTOS payment for the duration of the course, instead of their social welfare payment. Small meal and travel allowances may also apply


Award Title: QQI Level 5 – Certification in Applied Social Studies

Duration: One year – September  2024 to May 2025.