This course is designed for people who are interested in working in social services. Students can develop the personal qualities, knowledge, skills and academic background required for a career in social care.

Course Content Includes:

  • Social services
  • Social studies
  • Family law
  • Psychology
  • Child protection
  • Politics
  • Communications
  • Equality issues
  • Work experience
  • Intercultural Issues



FETAC Level 5
Crisis Prevention Intervention: CPI Institute>
Child Protection

Students who successfully complete a FETAC certificate may be able to use their results to progress to related Level 7 and Level 8 Degree Programmes in Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Former students have progressed to third level colleges such as UCD, DIT, NUI Maynooth and IT Blanchardstown to study degree programmes in Social Science, Social Care and Applied Social Studies.

Third level progression opportunities for FETAC students are continually being developed and enhanced Please visit or for the most up to date information.

Course Features:

  • Work experience in a variety of settings
  • Educational field trips
  • Off-campus research
  • Practical and team-working projects provide experience based learning

Career and Employment Opportunities
Direct employment in social, educational and community services such as:

  • Social and voluntary services
  • Family and community services
Progression to courses in third level colleges to qualify as social care practitioner, social worker, probation worker or to study sociology, journalism, politics etc.

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate level or equivalent or relevant experience
Successful applicants are advised to find suitable work experience