Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Applied Social Studies 5M2181

Applied Social Studies will introduce you to the theory and practice of the key areas of social studies and social care. This is the ideal starting point if you wish to progress to further studies or gain employment in a variety of community, health and educational organisations.

This course is designed to
  • Enable students explore the theory and practice of the key areas of social studies by addressing a wide range of social issues

  • Enable students evaluate the need for care in society and develop an understanding of care provision in the public, private and voluntary sectors

  • Develop an awareness of the impact of social exclusion and disadvantage on the lives of individuals and an understanding of the interventions social care has to offer.

entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent

  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Mature applicants welcome

  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to complete a successful garda vetting process. Garda clearance is a mandatory requirement for work placement


Social Studies 5N1370

Psychology 5N0754

Intercultural Studies 5N0765

Communications 5N0690

Work Experience 5N1356

Political Studies 5N1837

Human Growth & Development 5N1279

Care Support 5N0758


Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education

· Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

· Progression from 5M2181 to all ATU courses (except Nursing) and many University of Galway courses.

The following is a selection of the most relevant courses (see CAO for more):

Technological University Shannon (TUS), Athlone

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Sligo

Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Castlebar

University of Galway

UCD (University College Dublin)

  • DN520 BA Two-Subject FT (BAU5)
  • UCD's two subject BA Arts Degree
  • DN530 - Languages, Linguistics and Culture

Trinity College Dublin

TR582 Political Science/Law-- 5M2181 only (social) TR639 Philosophy/Modern Language
TR662 Philosophy/Sociology

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website. Click here for details of * CAO QQI Requirements Lookup


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the course may gain employment in a wide variety of organisations such as residential centres, refuge hostels, family support services, educational organisations & community support projects.


QQI Level 5 Award in Applied Social Studies (5M2181)


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

For more Information
Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

Please Note
  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to satisfy Garda Vetting before they commence Work Experience.
  • GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.
Student Testimonial: Sandra Shoer

I knew that I wanted to study in the area of Social care but I was unsure of the course I wanted to do as this area is so broad. I wanted to know more about the Social Studies programme and what it contained before I planned on dedicating the next four years of my life to it. I found this course online and I researched it thoroughly, I also called members of staff to get more information about the course which I found to be very helpful as they gave me a clearer idea of the Applied Social Studies course. I found the course to be more than I expected as the help and support I received throughout the year from members of staff and my lecturers in GTI was amazing and to a very high standard , the course also offered me hands on experience in this area of social care through my work placement which I found as a great benefit. This course was a great stepping stone to help me receive a place in third level college, due to this course I now have a place on a Level 8 course in NUIG where I am continuing my studies in Sociology and Psychology through Arts. I hope you all have the great experience I encountered while studying in the GTI.