Applied Psychology & Social Studies

Course Aim

This course provides learners with an insight into psychology & social studies. It provides a combination of theoretical and practical training in childhood, adolescence, disabilities, and older people care. Students will learn about various roles, and gain experience of working in a caring environment.


Course Modules

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Psychology
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Social Studies
  • Intellectual Disability Studies
  • Child Development
  • First Aid
  • Safety and Health at Work



5M2786 QQI Level 5 Community Care


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

DkIT | Community Youthwork | Level 7
DkIT | Social Care | Level 8
TU Dublin | Social Care Levels 7& 8
IT Carlow | Applied Social Studies | Level 8
Maynooth University | Social Science | Level 8
MIE | BA Education | Level 8k


Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Nursing Home Support Assistant | Childcare Practitioner in Crèche/Hospital | An Garda Siochana & Defence Forces | Teacher Training


This course was the best thing I ever did and completely changed my life. The help and support I got from all my teachers gave me the confidence to excel and achieve my full potential.

I have been accepted into a Degree course in Social Care as a result of doing well in this course and now I have the confidence and skills to pursue the career that I always dreamed of having. I would highly recommend doing this this course as preparation for a degree.


Pauline Bromley
Pauline Bromley
Applied Psychology & Social Studies Graduate, 2018

2020-21 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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