• » Higher Certificate in Health and Social Care

    Programme Title  Higher Certificate in Health and Social Care
    CAO Code  LY916
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  2 Years
    Standard Code Places:  24
    Fundation Places:  2
    FETAC Places:  2 (FET quota considered on round zero only)
    National Framework Level  6
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    Is this Course for You?
    This is a two year programme designed to introduce students to the disciplines involved in health and social care studies. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a broad range of modules in both the practical and theoretical aspects of health and social care practice and on successful completion may progress to the BSc Health and Social Care or work in either voluntary or statutory areas of the health and social care arena.
    Minimum Entry Requirements
    At least five Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish at OD3 or higher (not Foundation Level Irish) and Maths at OD3/FB2/HE.
    Have obtained a full QQI/FET Level 5 5M2786/DCHCC or 5M2009/DCHSC including distinctions in at least three of the following modules:
    • • D20032/5N1770:                      Human Growth & Development
    • • D20003/5N1765:                     Care Provision & Practice
    • • D20165/5N1764:                     Safety & Health at Work
    • • G20001/5N0690:                      Communications
    • • D20163/5N2770:                      Care Skills 
    • • D20164/5N0758:                      Care Support 
    Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements may be admitted to the programme on the grounds of mature years, if they have attained appropriate experience and attainment thresholds deemed equivalent. Applicants may avail of LYIT’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.
    Suitably qualified direct applicants may be eligible for admission to Year 2.
    Applicants presenting non-Irish exams as a basis for entry, please check the IOTCEF listing to search for the entry relevant to your country
    Garda Vetting
    Applicants who join this course will have to be vetted by the Gardaí. If the Gardaí raise an issue it will have to be addressed satisfactorily. If it is not, students will not be able to fulfil the course requirements, in which case students will be asked to leave the course. Students will also be vetted prior to placement by the relevant placement provider.
    What will I study?
    In addition to the modules listed below, workshops and seminars may be held.
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Introduction to Psychology & Sociology Mandatory  10  8
     Introduction to Irish Law Mandatory  5  5
     Professional Scholarship Mandatory  5  6
     Human Health & Physiology Mandatory  10  8
     1/2  Law & Ethics Mandatory  10  8
    Human Physiology & Health Promotion Mandatory  5  5
     Child Protection and Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons Mandatory  5  8
      Preparation for Practice Mandatory  10  10
     2/3  Practice Placement 1 Mandatory  5  30hrs x 12wks
     2/4  Ageing & Care Mandatory  10  10
     Psychological Well-being &  Health Promotion      
     Preparation for Practice Mandatory  10  7
     Disability Awareness Mandatory  10  9
     Research Process & Methods Mandatory  5  6
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this programme the student will be able to:
    • Knowledge and understanding of the sciences underpinning social care;
    • Specialised knowledge and understanding in the areas of Psychology, Sociology, Relevant legislation and regulations and child protection and welfare guidelines;
    • Acquired a range of specialised skills and tools; (keep themselves and clients safe/hand hygiene/manual handling skills/recreational activities/recording and reflecting upon their professional practice;
    • The skills to formulate responses to well-defined abstract problems under the direction of a social care professional;
    • Acquired the skills to integrate and apply key skills and knowledge in work based practice;
    • The ability to plan and organise work and interact effectively as part of a team;
    • Acquired the skills to develop increasing competence and capacity as an independent learner;
    • The ability to Communicate with confidence and empathy and understand the relevance of reflection as learning and self-development tool.
    Placement is an integral part of the course.  It will provide the student with exposure to a range of the Healthcare and Social settings for the purpose of acquiring skills to meet the holistic needs of a range of client groups. It will also allow for the student to reflect on his/her practice.
    Follow-on Courses
    Students who successfully complete the Higher Certificate at the required standard are eligible to apply for entry to the Level 7 Degree programme which is available internally at LYIT and thereafter the level 8 Honours degree in Health and Social Care.  Graduates from this programme may also pursue further studies at other Universities in Ireland or abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    On completion of this programme students will have a wide range of transferable skills applicable to a broad spectrum of areas to include residential childcare, intellectual disability services, respite services, adult services, older people, health promotion, Women’s Aid, nursing homes, youth work and community development.