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International Study Programs

Social Policy Conversion Course

Social Policy Conversion Course

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

The Higher Diploma in Social Policy is a conversion course. It is the only higher diploma social policy programme in Ireland that combines intensive seminar immersion with the opportunity for field visits to countries such as France, Italy, Germany and Sweden.

You may enroll in the programme even if you do not hold a social science degree, to give you a foundation in the field of social policy.

The course sets social policy in the context of the social sciences. The course is particularly relevant to those who want to apply for professional postgraduate courses in social work, e.g. Master of Social Work.

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Course Delivery

Depending on optional modules chosen, you can typically expect:

  • Twelve to sixteen hours of lectures per week, and;
  • Four reading hour in the first semester, and;
  • Four to eight hours of lectures per week, and;
  • Eight reading hours in the second semester.

You must also make themselves available for a study visit, which may be abroad, for 3 to 4 days.

Assessment is by a combination of essay, exams, and social research project.

Learning Outcomes

The Higher Diploma in Social Policy gives you a foundation in the study of the welfare state and the social services. It is a conversion course for those who don’t hold a social science degree, but wish to apply for the Master of Social Work course. The course also prepares you for entry to other postgraduate courses in the School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, e.g. social policy, planning, youth and community work, social services administration and child care.

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Course Outline

You will study core modules on topics including the evolution of the welfare state, poverty and social exclusion, social policy and social theory, and housing and homelessness. Additionally, you will choose three optional modules from  the areas of social science and social work, community development, youth policy, mental health, education, sexuality, planning, and developmental psychology.

You will also undertake a supervised 10,000 word, social research project on a social policy topic of your choice (in consultation with your supervisor). This will be a desk-based piece of research, involving an exploration of the policy and literature around your chosen topic.

Course Info

Course Code : CKA02

College : Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration : One Year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 8

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee

50

Tuition Fee - International Fees

13,000

Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)

120

The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.



Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is September 11, 2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

Places on this programme are offered in rounds, according to the following schedule

Date a completed application is received

Date an offer will be made

January 16, 2017

January 30, 2017

March 1, 2017

March 15, 2017

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Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process. 



Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement. You apply if you do not already possess a BSocSc Degree.

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  • Arranging for Two Referees Letters to be emailed or posted directly to the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork (one from an academic source and the other from a work source - either voluntary or paid). 
  • English Language Proficiency.  If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no individual section less than 5.5
    • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores per section are as follows:  Listening and Writing 17; Speaking 21; Reading 19.
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B
    • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59.

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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