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Social Studies 5N1370 QQI/FETAC Level 5

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence required for employment in a Social Care Setting. It will introduce learners to the area of sociology and social studies and to develop their understanding and awareness of social issues in their own lives and society in general. Learners will develop basic research skills and learn to recognise the complexity of social issues.
This course will provide the learner with the opportunity to develop their understanding, awareness, knowledge, research, competence and study skills in the area of social studies to allow them to proceed to work in the social care sector or progress to further or higher education.
Who should apply:
The programme will be of interest to learners keen to work within areas of social care, early years education, human resources, counselling and management/leadership roles with voluntary or social care agencies.
Such as family centres, youth organisations and a variety of other community groups that provide a practical element essential to this course.
Learners will be able to:
1 Demonstrate an understanding of sociology and its relevance to understanding their position as an individual, a family member and as part of a community and wider society
2 Discuss the process of socialisation and the agents of socialisation by analysing family peer groups, education, media and how they impact on their lives
3 Examine the area of social stratification in Irish society and describe how this society can be divided into different social strata ie class, gender, race/ethnicity
4 Discuss the impact of discrimination on individuals in society by looking at discrimination and its impact on the following members of society - travellers, the socially marginalised, elderly people, immigrant and migrant workers of diverse racially and cultural backgrounds, minority religions and homosexuals and transsexuals
5 Explore the role and function of the family as a social unit, the changes that have taken place in the family within an Irish context taking into account the implications of martial breakdown
6 Acquire basic research skills by summarising the differences between primary and secondary research and qualitative and quantitative methods
7 Design appropriate survey methods e.g. questionnaires, interviews, observation as investigate strategies to unfamiliar social problems
8 Use a variety of media to access information e.g. new information technology, the library classification system
9 Explore the importance of documenting and acknowledging all relevant sources consulted by employing the Harvard system of referencing and identifying and applying skill of producing a well-constructed bibliography
10 Exercise initiative and independence by investigating the experience of discrimination/discriminating practices encountered by one group in Irish society
11 Plan direct and manage time and work independently to provide evidence of research e.g. correspondence, note taking, interviews, tape recordings
12 Process and present findings from research and draw conclusions from their analysis that discusses possible strategies for alleviating discriminating practices for a number of groups in Irish society.


Assessment Technique:  
Project   50%         Exam   50%
The grading of the QQI/FETAC component is as follows:

Pass   - 50-64%          Merit   -   65-79%         Distinction  -  80-100%

G Training Centre, Gorey
Costing from : €200 - €300 (including Administration Fee)          This price does not include QQI/FETAC Certification Fees
Duration: 10 - 12 weeks            Start Date: To be Confirmed


All participants are required to be Garda Vetted and take part in suitable work experience during the programme.
It is the responsibility of the learners to secure an appropriate work experience placement.
Please note: KCFE can NOT insure candidates while attending work experience.


      Entry Requirements:
Learner is required to have a strong interest in the provision of Social Care in order to ensure successful participation in the programme, through a formal qualification or through relevant life and work experience.
Component Certification:
Following successful completion Kilmuckridge Centre of Further Education will offer a QQI/ FETAC Level 5 component in Social Studies 5N1370 QQI/FETAC which is a Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Learner Progression
Social Studies 5N1370 QQI/FETAC Level 5 is a component of
Applied Social Studies Level 5
Learners who successfully complete this programme may use the associated credits as a stand alone qualification or as one component of a Major Award, with a view to moving up to the next level.


Additional Information
All training is delivered in a friendly and comfortable training centre with experienced and dedicated tutors focusing on ensuring each trainee is given every opportunity to learn the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities in order to excel in their social care role.
To view more information in relation to the specific learning outcomes of this component please see the full Component Specification which is available on the QQI/FETAC website.
To find out if the above component is currently scheduled please visit our Course Scheduled page.
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Phone: 053 91 18578
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