Castle Buildings, 3rd Floor, Tara Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly R35 E9K8 | Tel: (057) 9349424 | Email:

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.

It 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 Third Level courses or to progress to employment as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA).

  • 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 or QQI Level 5 Maths is required.

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS),  Athlone

AL764 Early Years Care and Education (Level 7)

AL765 Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 7)

AL870 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), Galway

GA879 Applied Social Care (Level 7)

GA889 Applied Social Care (Level 8)

National University of

Ireland Galway


GY101 Bachelor of Arts (Level 8)

GY104 BSc Psychology (Level 8) 

GY110 Bachelor of Arts (Child, Youth and Family: Policy & Practice) (Level 8)

GY123 Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences (Level 8)

South East Technological University (SETU), Carlow

CW717 Professional Social Care (Level 7)

CW758 Professional Social Care (Level 8)

St. Angela’s College, Sligo

AS001 Education Home Economics & Biology – Teaching

AS002 Education Home Economics & Religion – Teaching

AS054 Home Economics

South East Technological University (SETU), Waterford

WD150 Criminal Justice Studies (Level 8)

WD005 Health Sciences (Level 8)

WD163 Psychology (Level 8)

University College Dublin (UCD)


Carlow College

DN720 Psychology (Level 8)

DN750 Social Policy and Sociology (Level 8)

PC414  Psychology (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

For further information, please Elaine Sheridan on 057 9349471 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


Course Details


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

Duration: One year – September 12th, 2022 to June 2nd, 2023.

General Contact

Castle Buildings, Tara Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Tel: (057) 9349424 | Email:

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SportsThursday April 15th, available from 4pm onwards

BusinessThursday April 15th, available from 4pm onwards

Applied Social Studies with SNAWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Early Childhood Care & EducationWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Nursing Wednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Healthcare SupportWednesday April 14th, available from 4pm onwards

Computer Networks with SoftwareTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Sustainable Construction TechnologyTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Engineering TechnologyTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards

Applied ScienceTuesday April 13th, available from 4pm onwards