Further Education

Further Education 2023-2024

Social, Policy and Family Studies 5M2181

• Students learn about the latest policy and practice approaches in the field of Social, Policy and Family Studies. You will gain an understanding of a broad range of topics including; social justice, social inclusion, protection of vulnerable people, intercultural studies, and political impacts of policy change in society

This course is designed to:


Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome

Course Content
  • Psychology 5N0754
  • Family Studies 5N4466
  • Intercultural Studies 5N0765
  • Social Studies 5N1370
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Care Support 5N0758
  • Political Studies 5N1837
Optional Modules

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 Services Fee: €175
  • QQI Certification Fees: €50

TOTAL: €225

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.

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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.