Pre-University Social Studies - 5M2181

Applied Social Studies will introduce you to the theory and practice of the key areas of social studies and social care. This is the ideal starting point if you wish to progress to further studies or gain employment in a variety of community, health and educational organisations.

This Course is Designed to

  • Enable students explore the theory and practice of the key areas of social studies by addressing a wide range of social issues
  • Enable students evaluate the need for care in society and develop an understanding of care provision in the public, private and voluntary sectors
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of social exclusion and disadvantage on the lives of individuals and an understanding of the interventions social care has to offer.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.
  • Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here
  • Ukranian applicants should have a certificate of complete secondary education (after grade 11) or higher Click Here

Course Content

  • Social Studies 5N1370
  • Psychology 5N0754
  • Intercultural Studies 5N0765
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Legal Practice & Procedures 5N1394
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
  • Care Support 5N0758

Optional Modules

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.

How the Course is Taught

SligoCFE has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.
  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.
  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education

Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

Students on this course are eligible for the access to Post Primary (APT) programme in St. Angela's / NUIG. A limited number of places on their teaching courses are offered based on QQI PLC results.

ATU - Sligo

Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any IT Sligo programme through the CAO system.

ATU - Galway

TUS - Athlone

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup


  • There are no fees to study this course

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the course may gain employment in a wide variety of organisations such as residential centres, refuge hostels, family support services, educational organisations & community support projects.


QQI Level 5 Award in Applied Social Studies (5M2181)


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

For More Information

Phone 071-9145480 or email [email protected]

Please Note

  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to satisfy Garda Vetting before they commence Work Experience.
  • A new national Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the College and a student or third party.