• » Bachelor of Science in Health and Social Care

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Health and Social Care
    CAO Code  LY978
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  4 Years
    Standard Code Places:  20
    Mature Applicants Places:  2
    Foundation Places:  2
    FETAC Places:  2 (FETAC quota considered on round zero only)
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This is a four year programme in which students develop the skills necessary to assimilate an understanding of the complex and diverse nature of the subject, as well as more general or specialised skills which will be widely transferable. Students will undertake a critical examination of contrasting perspectives which provide insight into the varied experiences of health and social care. On successful completion students will be able to work independently and identify the need for knowledge acquisition and skill development on an ongoing basis in general health and social care or selected including Disability studies or Ageing and care specialised strands.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    At least 6 Leaving Certificate Subjects, including the following subjects:
    • English or Irish at 0D3 or higher (not Foundation Level Irish).
    • Mathematics OD3/FB2/HE
    • At least 4 other subjects
    Applicants must have a minimum of Grade C3 in at least two higher-level papers and a minimum of Grade D3 in the remaining papers.
    Have obtained a full FETAC 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 and Year 3.
    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 have to study?
    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
     Recreational Activities Mandatory  10  8
     1/2  Health Promotion Mandatory  5  5
     Ageing & Care Mandatory  10  10
     Child Protection and Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons Mandatory  10  8
     Psychological Health & Well-being Mandatory  5  5
     2/3  Law & Ethics Mandatory  5  6
     Preparation for Practice Mandatory  10  7
     Disability Studies Mandatory  10  9
     Children &Families Support Mandatory  5  4
     2/4  Practice Placement 1 Mandatory  30  30hrs x 12 wks
     3/5  Youth Work & Community Practice Mandatory  15  10
     Promoting Positive Behaviour Mandatory  5  6
     Research Process & Methods Mandatory  5  6
     Methods & Approaches in Health & Social Care Mandatory  5  6
     3/6 Practice Placement 2 Mandatory  30  30hrs x 12 wks
     4/7  Research for Evidence Based Practice Mandatory  5  6
     Management and Leadership Mandatory  10  8
     Social Policy and Economics GE1: Elective  10  6
     Practice Placement 3 GE1: Elective  5  30
     Independent Learning Project GE1: Elective  5  30
     Welfare Provision and Dementia Care GE2: Elective  10  6
     Practice Placement 3 GE2: Elective  5  30
     Independent Learning Project GE2: Elective  5  30
     Advanced Studies of Disability GE3: Elective  10  6
     Practice Placement 3 GE3: Elective  5  30
     Independent Learning Project GE3: Elective  5  30
     4/8  Teaching & Assessment for Professional Development Mandatory  5  6
     Counselling Theory & Practice Elective  10  8
     Addiction Studies Elective  10  7
     Therapeutic Interventions in Social Care GE1: Elective  5  5
     Anti-Discriminatory Practice GE1: Elective  10  5
     Wellbeing in Ageing GE2: Elective  5  5
     Rights of the Older Person GE2: Elective  10  5
     Promoting Independent Living & Self Care GE3: Elective  5  5
     Disability Rights and Risk Management GE3: Elective  10  5
    GE1 – General Health and Social Care elective
    GE2 – Group electives for the Ageing and Care elective
    GE3 – Group electives for the Disability Studies elective
    Learning Outcomes
    In this proposed programme students will develop the ability to make comparisons between a range of health and social care contexts, such as individual and institutional contexts and national and international. Drawing on their ability to locate, review and evaluate research findings they will articulate central theoretical arguments within a variety of health and social care studies and apply same to their chosen industry environment.
      On completion of this programme the student will be able to:
    • Develop evaluative and analytic skills, to assess the outcomes of policy interventions in relation to health and social care as they impact on individuals and communities;
    • Demonstrate the skills necessary to support culturally competent and ethical practice, leadership and education relevant to health and social care practice and maintain detailed, comprehensive and confidential records of work;
    • Competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
    • Activate skills and knowledge through positive engagement in a practice setting;
    • Engage in critical self-reflection; develop self-confidence and the capacity for independent learning;
    • Link theoretical knowledge with empirical enquiry to evaluate research findings and engage critically with the principal debates in the subject.
    Placement is an integral part of the course. It will provide the student with exposure to the Healthcare and Social setting 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. Year 3 and 4 placement will be aligned with students’ specific  elective module choice and streaming where applicable and relevant
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this programme students will have the opportunity to continue their studies to progress to Masters programmes in other IOTs or universities such as the MA/MSc programmes in Social Work available in UU and QUB, MPhil in Health Sciences – Social Care, NUIG, MA in Social Studies WIT, MA in Advanced Social Care Practice AIT, MA in Social Work & Social Policy TCD, MA in Social Care Management LIT, Ma in Addiction Studies DBS, Advanced Healthcare Practice UL
    Graduates from this programme may 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 and nursing homes. Typical jobs which are current graduates are finding include Social Care Worker, Project Worker, Family Liaison Officer, Healthcare Assistant, Youth worker, Campaigns Officer (Charity sector), Social Care Leader, Support Worker and Relief Support Worker.s.