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Certificate in Social Care Skills

Programme Purpose

The programme aims to provide a focused suite of skills relevant to social care, allied to relevant academic knowledge. Learners will gain a grounding in professional care skills such as hygiene, infection control, first aid and patient handling. They will also learn the principles of professional social care practice, rooted in ethical and human rights principles, with particular emphasis on meeting the Standards of Proficiency outlined by CORU. Additionally, training will be provided in important administrative skills such as needs analysis, risk assessment, report writing and care planning. These are essential skills not only for those working as Care Assistants or in support roles, but also as a basis for potential progression to qualification as a Social Care Worker. The programme has been designed for those who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge required for an applied setting in a role as a Social Care Assistant or Support Worker and/or for those may use this special purpose award qualification as a possible 'stepping stone' to a L7 qualification, reskilling or upskilling in the area of applied social care skills. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of social policy and law as it applies to social care in Ireland and elsewhere. The academic information will be allied to the practice of social care (as, for example in the human-rights based approach running through each of the modules). In this way, learners will gain a sound basic understanding of how policy informs the caring professions. The Certificate in Social Care Skills (Level 6, 25 ECTS) programme is comprised of three modules (Professional Practice 1: Introduction to Care Skills and Support, 10 ECTS; Social Care in Practice, 5 ECTS; Social Policy and Law for Social Care 1, 10 ECTS) which are drawn from the parent programme of the BA (Hons) in Applied Social Care (Level 8, 240 ECTS).

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Centres offering Certificate in Social Care Skills

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Dublin Business School Exams Office, 13/14 Aungier Street,, Dublin 2 , D02 WC04. 01 417 7500