Advanced Health and Social Studies

Course Aim

This QQI Level 6 course offers holders of a QQI Level 5 Health related award (e.g. Level 5 Healthcare Support or Nursing Studies) or a QQI Social studies award (e.g. Level 5 Applied Psychology and Social Studies or Youthwork) the opportunity to undertake further studies in advanced health and social studies. This award will equip the learner with the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to undertake roles in the in person centred care and healthcare environments.


Course Modules

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Disability Awareness
  • Understanding Community Development
  • Person Centered Planning,
  • Rehabilitation Practice
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Positive Behaviour Support
  • Health Promotion



6M2218 Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Social and Vocational Integration 


Entry Requirements

A QQI Level 5 award in Healthcare or equivalent is a prerequisite to access this Level 6 programme.


Higher Education

DkIT | Social Care | Level 8

Maynooth University | Community & Youth Work | Level 8

AIT | Health Sciences with Nutrition | Level 8

WIT | Health Promotion | Level 8

Blanchardstown IT | Social & Community Development | Level 8

TU Dublin | Community & Youth Development | Level 8


Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Community Care Organisers l Youth and Community Organisers l Rehabilitation l Elderly Care l Community Intervention l Social Care l Health Science and Nutrition l Youth Work Leader

This award will equip the learner with the necessary competence to undertake roles in the community, caring or social care environment. Social care workers plan and provide professional care to vulnerable individuals and groups of all ages who experience marginalisation, disadvantage or special needs. This course equips participants with the skills to manage themselves, their work and the people they work with more effectively. The award will be of benefit to those who have an interest in the understanding of the many roles of a social care worker and models of social care provision. The course introduces students to counselling skills, with an emphasis on reflection and self-awareness.


According to an Irish Government review in 2018, “continuing demographic change will inevitably lead to increased demand for health and social care”. The need for skilled social care practitioner will increase as Irelands populations continues to change.

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Trends in Public Social Care Service Provision and Expenditure for Older Persons, July 2018


Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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