Further Education

Further Education 2023-2024

Social, Policy and Family Studies 5M2181

• This programme will introduce you to the theory and practice of the key areas of social studies, social care and family studies. This is the ideal starting point if you wish to progress to further studies or gain employment in community-based health settings, especially those related to the family. Students will gain an understanding of a broad range of topics including protection of vulnerable people, intercultural studies, and the impacts of policy change in society.

This course is designed to:

· Enable students explore the theory and practice of the key areas of social studies by exploring a wide range of social issues

· Enable students to understand the needs of families 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 families

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 Contribution
  • Student Services Charge: €175
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.