BA in Social Care 2024-25 – 3 Years – QQI Level 7, CORU approved – opens for applications late-March 2024.

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Open Training College’s BA in Social Care 2024-25 – 3 Years – QQI Level 7, CORU approved – opens for applications late-March 2024.

The learner will engage with 18 modules that explore social care practice and how it applies in various social care settings. Students will complete 800 hours of supervised practice placement, in a social care setting. (Note any student working within a social care area cannot complete either placement with their employer). This qualification is designed to lead to social care registration.

BA in Social Care 2024-25 at Open Training College

The course content is based on:

  • Expertise in the disability and broader social care area
  • International best practice
  • Current legislation and policy
  • Ongoing feedback from course participants
  • Input from graduates, professional bodies, regulatory bodies and service users

This is reflected in the choice of learning objectives, course materials and the award winning approach that has been developed to deliver the course

 BA in Social Care: Course Brochure 2023-24

Learn more here


About The Open Training College

The Open Training College (OTC) offers courses in social care, management and continuing professional development. Courses at the OTC include applied management, professional social care (CORU approved, Level 7), contemporary disability studies (Levels 7 and 8), intellectual disability practice (Level 5) and shorter CPD courses (Levels 5-7 and OTC certification through bespoke training). The College provides accredited training courses and consultancy services to the human services and non-profit sectors.

Their knowledge and expertise:

• Provides people with the skills required to effectively perform their professional roles through courses
• Directly addresses the operational and strategic challenges experienced by organisations within the sector
• Makes a constructive contribution to policy and professional practice
• Offers positive outcomes for service users by encouraging best-practice person-centred processes and competencies

The OTC’s degree level and professional development courses and programmes provide disability and social care professionals with the skills required to deliver effective person centred services. Their accredited certificate, degree and professional development courses and programmes provide people with the knowledge and skills required to manage effectively in a challenging environment. The Open Training College has spent over 30 years working as training experts. In that role they have combined extensive first-line experience with a detailed knowledge of the strategic and operational dynamics of the space.

Established by St. Michael’s House in 1992, the OTC’s philosophy is shaped by the demands of their sector and the needs of staff, students, client organisations and service users. They believe that everything they do has to make a difference. To achieve that, it:

• Must be sector-specific
• Has to be practical in every sense of that word
• Remain relevant and meet the highest possible standards of professional practice
• Reflect the realities of people’s lives

This commitment has driven their desire to create a community of learning and professional practice, one that focuses on the acquisition, dissemination and practical application of knowledge and expertise.

This approach – built on collaboration between the College, their students and the more than 230 organisations they work with – has created a unique environment in which people from the human services and non-profit sectors can learn and work together in ways that make a real difference to their service users. It has driven:

• Who they are
• Their relationship with students and the courses they provide
• The kind of consultancy services and partnerships the College have built up over the last 30 years.


For more information about courses and programmes at the Open Training College, view our courses in the Course Finder.

Steven Galvin

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  1. Annie Whelehan 17/01/2024 at 09:15

    Hi I’m just wondering how much of this is online and how many days will be required to be online

  2. bernie kinsella 11/07/2024 at 11:22

    Hi, in relation to the BA in Social Care 2024-25 at Open Training College, is this course online or a hybrid? Where is the college based, and what days are the classes, please?

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