Pre-University Social Care

Course Description


This programme combines theoretical and practical training in the four broad areas of childhood, adolescence, disabilities, and older people enabling successful students to gain employment in the healthcare field or to progress to third level.  Erica completed our course  in 2019 and progressed to IT Blanchardstown (now TU) to a four-year degree in Social Care . . ."I am truly grateful for all of the help I got from each teacher in Whitehall College. I learned a lot and took on board so much new information that helped me figure out what I wanted to do.  This lead me to access a four-year Degree in Social Care. The time and patience you had with each student will never leave me. All the teachers were great. I highly recommend Whitehall College of Further Education and the Social Science course in particular." 

Course Content

  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Nutrition
  • Children with additional needs
  • Care Support
  • Social Studies
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Please note that the combination of components outlined above may be subject to revision.



QQI Level 5 Community Care Award: 5M2786

Progression / Employment

Students may be eligible to apply to Third Level Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.  Links to third level from Community Care 5M2786


Entry Requirements

Ordinary Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent. All applicants must have two references. Applications are welcome from mature students with relevant experience.

Applicants will be asked for copy EU Passport or GNIB card or Irish Residence Permit or Labour Market Permission letter

Garda Vetting Application Form will be completed at registration in September.

Parent/Guardian consent form (for students who are under 18 - to be completed at registration in September) 

For applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of English language proficiency may be required.  If appropriate, Whitehall College of Further Education will conduct an English language assessment.