Applied Psychology & Social Science (Level 5)

Society and its many processes can be studied as a whole or in focus. Social studies adopts the wide, macro investigation while applied psychology concentrates on the in-depth, micro relationship between society and the individual.

This QQI level 5 course introduces the student to both investigative perspectives.

Learners will be provided with the theoretical tools to study society and its range of effects. They will develop the competencies and skills to recognise the many processes at work in general and in relation to their own social experience. The range of modules will cover the variety of social variables that dynamically exist and function to provide the framework of modern society.

Society’s many benefits and pressures will be analysed with particular emphasis on the developmental stage of youth. The learner, in this research stage, will explore the areas of mental health and substance use with a view to identifying the social contexts which contribute to these issues and the range of therapeutic interventions and treatments available.

This course is designed to enable learners to consider work in a variety of community / social settings and is also aimed at learners who wish to progress to higher studies in psychology or social science.

  • QQI Certificate in Applied Social Studies (5M2181) – NFQ Level 5
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Applied Social Studies
  • Award Code: 5M2181
  • Level: 5 – Further Education & Training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

A minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.


Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 qualifications.

The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be
considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Psychology
  • Behaviourial Studies
  • Young People & Society
  • Substance Use – Issues for Youth Work
  • Understanding Mental Health
  • Social Studies
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Experience

Disclaimer: The college reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

Graduates may use their qualifications to apply for a place in a variety of Higher Education Institutions. For information on all relevant higher education links visit , and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit

Full-time Courses:

  • UCD BSc (Hons) Psychology – DN720
  • Maynooth University BA (Hons) Psychology – MH106
  • IADT Dun Laoghaire BSC (Hons) Applied Psychology – DL825
  • NCI BA (Hons) Psychology – NC010 (self- funded course, fees apply)
  • SETU BA (Hons) Psychology – SE205
  • UCD BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology – DN620
  • UCD BSc Social Science – DN700
  • UCD B SocSc Social Policy & Sociology – DN750
  • Maynooth University B Arts – MH101
  • Maynooth University Social Science – MH107
  • South-East Technological University (SETU). Ballsbridge College has a progression agreement with SETU linking this course’s QQI award (5M4468) to a range of SETU degrees. Please see

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