Higher Certificate
Programme Code: DK_HCSSC_C
Mode of Delivery:Full Time, Part Time, Modular
No. of Semesters:2
NFQ Level:6
Programme Credits:120

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner should be able to :

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)Specialised knowledge of a broad area
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)Some theoretical concepts and abstract thinking, with significant underpinning theory
 (b)Specialised knowledge of the sciences underpinning social care, e.g.: - Social and behavioural sciences: Psychology/Developmental psychology Sociology Social policy Social pedagogy - Theory of knowledge (epistemology) Knowledge of systems and regulations relevant to social care, e.g.: - The history of and context for social care - Social care systems and service providers - Relevant legislation and regulations - Child protection and welfare guidelines and duty of care - Protection, care and welfare of vulnerable people Understanding of the human, technical and environmental factors that relate to risk Knowledge of general approaches to social care practice, planning and review, e.g.: - Assessment of social care needs - Provision of person-centred social care - Roles of social care professionals - Interdependencies with other professionals - The supportive role of relationships in the service-user’s life Grounding in human rights and social justice discourses, e.g.: - Advocacy and empowerment in social care - Principles of ethics - Professional values and codes of practice Understanding of how knowledge is created and changed within the field of social care Understanding of the vocabulary and style of discourse in social care Understanding of the principles and practice of group dynamics and interpersonal skills
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)Demonstrate comprehensive range of specialised skills and tools
PO4Skill - Selectivity
 (a)Formulate responses to well-defined abstract problems
 (b)Think critically, analyse, and solve problems using a range of specialised skills and tools, e.g.: - Observe service-users methodically - Maintain accountability to service-users and the service provider - Operate in harmony with legitimate organisational culture and norms - Enhance practice through reflection - Recognise good/safe practice - Protect and maintain confidentiality Demonstrate essential social care skills (under the direction of a social care professional), e.g.: - Build and sustain appropriate relationships with service-users respecting the dignity of the person - Work with families recognising the importance of familial kinship - Respond in a creative and individualised manner to the service-user - Separate private, personal and professional boundaries Communicate effectively in the spoken and written word, e.g.: - Interact with openness and sensitivity and communicate effectively with others
 (c)Present and defend an argument in the context of social care
PO5Competence - Context
 (a)Act in a range of varied and specific contexts involving creative and non- routine activities; transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical or creative skills to a range of contexts
 (b)Practice, under close supervision, in a defined range of contexts in the social care field Transfer and apply theoretical concepts to a range of social care situations
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)Exercise substantial personal autonomy and often take responsibility for the work of others and/or for allocation of resources; form, and function within, multiple complex and heterogeneous groups
 (b)Work within the boundaries of role competence, under close supervision, and seek guidance when unsure how to intervene or act, e.g.: - Differentiate between satisfactory and unsatisfactory social care practice - Demonstrate professional identity as an emerging social care worker - Develop capacity for undertaking responsible social care roles - Recognise the roles of other professionals working with the service-user group - Recognise emotional intensity of social care practice, its effects and the appropriate remedies (e.g. appropriate self management in the professional context) Participate with peers to engage with personal and professional issues relating to social care practice
 (c)Identify and report potential harm to service-users Act responsibly and ethically in a practice context and in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations, and legitimate policy, and procedures
PO7Competence - Learning to Learn
 (a)Learn to evaluate own learning and identify needs within a structured learning environment; assist others in identifying learning needs
 (b)Reflect on personal practice, and recognise and address the limitations of one’s own current knowledge, skills, and competence, e.g.: - Demonstrate a capacity for independent, self- managed autonomous learning and take appropriate opportunities to enhance one’s level of knowledge, skill, aptitude or competence by means of collaboration and self- study - Participate in reflective communities of practice understanding the transition from ‘apprentice’ to ‘master’ within any community of practice while recognising the need for continuing professional development
PO8Competence - Insight
 (a)Express an internalised personal world view, reflecting engagement with others
 (b)Express a personalised professional identity reflecting engagement with others, e.g.: - Develop knowledge of self (including one’s personal attitudes) - Comprehend human diversity - Recognise the influence of well-being and background on personal practice - Express compassion - Appreciate the broader reasons why typically encountered behaviours manifest themselves

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
PRPF H7003 Skills Development