• » Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Social Studies

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Social Studies
    CAO Code  N/A
    LYIT internal code  LY_NHLSS_B
    Duration  1 Year, post level 7 degree
    Standard Code Places: 30
    Mature Applicants Places:  N/A
    Foundation Places:  N/A
    FETAC Places:  N/A
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This is a one-year ‘add on’ programme in which 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.
    Minimum Entry Requirements
    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 Modules,
    subject to approval
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     4/7  Research for Evidence Based Practice Mandatory  5  6
     Social Policy and Economics Mandatory  10  6
     Management & Leadership Mandatory  10  8
     Practice Placement 3 Elective  5  30hs x 7wks
     Independent Learning Project Elective  5  30hs x 7wks
     4/8  Therapeutic Interventions in Social Care Mandatory  5  6
     Anti-Discriminatory Practice Mandatory  10  8
     Teaching & Assessment for Professional Development Mandatory  5  6
     Counselling Theory & Practice Elective  10  8
     Addiction Studies Elective   10  7
    Note: While there is no upper limit on the number of students who may take a particular elective stream, modules may be withdrawn if there are insufficient entrants
    Learning Outcomes
    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 knowledge and 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 will enhance the student’s ability to integrate theory and practice and increase their knowledge of research skills and attitudes towards ethical practice in a professional setting.  It will also enable the student to become a safe, caring and competent decision maker, willing to take personal and professional accountability for evidence based practice. 
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available
    The degree matches the requirements for postgraduate professional training in Social Work in the Republic of Ireland and in the UK/Northern Ireland.  The course also allows graduates to take programmes leading to Masters' degree (by research) or a Doctoral Degree (by research) internally at LYIT or through a range of other institutes of technology and universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    The programme will provide the graduate with an in-depth comprehensive knowledge and work place experience in two of the more complex and essential services required in society i.e. health and social care.  On completion of the programme the student will have the academic preparation to present themselves for a variety of career paths in many different arenas within the Health and Social Care environment both nationally and internationally.
    Career pathways such as management/co-ordinating role in social and healthcare within private or public sector organisations, community development, social enterprise, youth development, special needs, voluntary organisations and advocacy groups.