Certificate in Applied Social Studies (QQI Level 5)

Programme Aim

This programme is designed to enable the learner to develop the knowledge and skills relevant for careers in Youth, Community Care, Pastoral Care and will give you the learner the basic understanding of the field of Psychology and Addiction Studies.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or General Learning QQI Level 4
  • English Language requirement of a B2.2 standard (where English is not your first language)
  • QQI Level 4 Basic Computer Skills
  • Satisfactory outcome of Garda Vetting
  • Aged 18 years old (minimum) on entry
  • Work placement hours are mandatory in a relevant social care setting
  • Two Character References are necessary

Course Content*

TitleAwardAwarding Body
Human Grwoth and DevelopmentLevel 5QQI
Community Addiction StudiesLevel 5QQI
Equality and Disability StudiesLevel 5QQI
Work ExperienceLevel 5QQI
CommunicationsLevel 5QQI
Research SkillsLevel 5QQI
Intercultural StudiesLevel 5QQI
Social StudiesLevel 5QQI
PsychologyLevel 5QQI

*Subject to change*

Course Duration

This is a 1 year full time PLC course


On succesful completion of this course graduates can apply for progression from within the Centre onto to the Social and Vocational Integration Major Award at QQI Level 6 – 6M2218

Career Opportunities

This area of study will enhance the learners career opportunities in Youth, Community Care and Pastoral Care including basic knowledge of Psycholgy and Addiction Studies.


This course is offered free to learners.

*Course completion is reliant on Garda Vetting Process.

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.


Certificate in Applied Social Studies (QQI Level 5)


Portarlington FETC

Bracklone Street


County Laois

Start Date             September 2022                                     

End Date                June 2023 


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen


Margaret Morrin




(057) 8623161


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Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Read what our past students  have to say about their experience with Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre

“I found the course useful and interesting. Teachers were very helpful and understanding as most of us were going back to education after many years of not studying.
After successfully completing the first year of course I was lucky enough to get work experience, as an Accounts Assistant.”
Zane Polaskova (Student)
Accounts Assistant
“The decision to return to education was one of the best choices I made, the thought seemed daunting at the start but I soon settled in. All of the tutors were very helpful and the students gave each other support, I made some great friends who will be friends for life. The course I chose was Office Administration, this course most definitely helped me to secure the job I have today.”
Maeve O'Carroll (Student)
Administrator, Court Services