Open Training College (OTC): BA in Social Care

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BA in Social Care

- a 3-year, QQI, level 7 degree designed for people who want to attain the standards of proficiency for social care workers as defined by CORU and engage in value-based education to empower service users.

Celebrating over 27 years of delivering education and training solutions to the health sector, the OTC is currently enrolling students for the BA in Social Care. The programme aims to provide participants with in-depth key knowledge, skills and competencies based on the five domains and 80 standards of proficiency for social care workers as defined by CORU.

Easy to use learning supports enable students to continue to balance work and study.

There are extensive benefits in undertaking the BA in Social Care:

  • the learner will engage with 18 modules that explore social care practice and how it applies in various social care settings. The student will complete over 800 hours of supervised practice placement in Years 2 and 3, in a social care setting. The qualification is designed to lead to social care registration subject to CORU approval.
  • students will be supported throughout the course by a designated tutor with extensive front line experience
  • students can easily balance work, family and study commitments because of the award winning blended learning model that only requires 21 days of workshop attendance in Year One
  • our active learning community (students, tutors and learning support staff) is always there to support students as they learn
  • it is an applied programme dealing with real world challenges, where the assignments tackle issues that students are likely to face in the workplace
  • it reflects the current regulatory and public policy environment (incl. HIQA, New Directions), the challenges driving the sector, and best practices

What is it like to study at the OTC?

The College uses a blended approach where each module combines online learning, tutorials (telephone, online, virtual) and face to face workshops. Learning materials are designed to accommodate the pressures that come with trying to balance work, life and learning. To support all online aspects of the course, the College has a dedicated elearning team to support you throughout your studies.

The course is assessed through a combination of continuous assessments, projects and written examinations. Continuous assessments may consist of assignments (i.e. essays), project work, group activities, online activities, in-class assessments, reflection and placement.

The Student View:

The College was recommended to me by a colleague so I attended the Open Day event. I immediately knew the college’s approach to social care education was for me; it has been designed specifically around social care services and the teaching is current and relevant. The tutors are extremely knowledgeable and they also have direct experience within the field. Their practical examples are excellent teaching tools. I would definitely recommend the college’s social care programmes to anyone who is considering furthering their education.

Applying to the OTC:

The College is now receiving online applications for this course and has scheduled informal interviews and information sessions for all applicants on Monday, September 9th in Goatstown, Dublin 14.

For those interested in applying for a place on this course, please now visit: OTC Online Application Centre

Fees: Application (non-refundable) - €95, Annual tuition - €3,550 (payable in instalments, tax relief option available and includes PEL [Protection of Enrolled Learner] insurance).

The final deadline for receiving online applications is September 4th but please apply as early as possible so there is as much time as possible to plan for the informal interview and information session on September 9th.

For more information please contact Conor on 01-2990580 or email, or feel free to read more information on the BA in Social Care website page.



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