Professional Practice 1: Social Care Practice and Ethics

This QQI accredited Professional Practice 1: Social Care Practice and Ethics course focuses on the role and responsibilities of the social care worker. It examines the personal and professional skills and capabilities, and the understanding of ethics required to effectively fulfill this complex role. Social care is going through many significant changes, including the regulation of Social Care as a profession through CORU. The module explores these developments and what they will mean for the worker in social care services today. In addition, the module explores the essential area of ethics.  Key ethical areas such as human rights, wellbeing, acceptance of difference and social justice are discussed in the context of the social care profession. As well as helping you develop your current skills and competencies the course will also allow you to identify areas that you will need to develop in order to meet the challenges that come with working in a social care role.

Who Is This Course For?

The course is designed for disability service professionals looking to extend their knowledge and skills through an accredited programme developed by and for people working in disability services. It is particularly suitable for people engaged in continuing professional development. You will receive 10  credits towards a QQI Level 7 BA in Professional Social Care (Disability) award upon successful completion that can be used to gain further qualifications.

At a Glance

  • Audience Care Workers, Health Care and Personal Assistants, Family or Home Support Workers, Community Care Workers
  • FormatBlended
  • Duration8 weeks
  • Award QQI Level 6
  • Credits10
  • Fees€395
  • Apply byNov. 18th, 2019
  • Introductory eLearning ModuleNov. 25th, 2019
  • Start DateDec. 2nd, 2019
  • Workshop DateDec. 10th or 11th, 2019
  • Assignment Due DateJan. 27th, 2020

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Course Details

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the course you should be able to:

  • Outline the value of a professional code of conduct
  • Explain the development of social care as a profession and the role of CORU as a regulator
  • Explain how behaving in accordance with particular values and principles is beneficial to service users
  • provide examples of how ethical decisions form part of making best practice decisions
  • Discuss the following ethical theories and concepts:
    • Wellbeing
    • Respect and Care
    • Human Rights
    • Empathy
    • Social Contract Ethics
    • Social Justice
    • Define the concepts of ‘professional’, ‘professionalism’, ‘non-professional’ and ‘unprofessional’
  • Describe a range of formal and informal approaches to professional development

Professional Practice and Ethics


Unit 1: Professions and Professionalism

Unit 2: Assessing and Planning for Professional Development
Students also use Manus Charleton’s book ‘Ethics for Social Care in Ireland – Philosophy and Practice’ as the key text for this module.



To complete the course you will need to write a 3,000-word paper that explores the relationship between the course materials and your current role. Very much a practical assignment, it will provide you with the opportunity to evaluate and expand your working practices in an environment where you have access to expert advice and the support of professional contemporaries. Having this learning community provides an opportunity to extend your abilities in a uniquely supportive environment.

Taking the Course

The course uses a ‘blended’ approach which combines online learning, virtual tutorials and face-to face workshops. Our online learning materials are explicitly designed to accommodate the pressures that come with trying to balance work, life and learning. They make it possible to build study time around your work schedule. These are accessible through our learning centre which provides a platform for you to study, collaborate and communicate with your fellow learners. Regular online tutorials will expand your knowledge of the topic and answer any questions you have as you study. Each workshop focuses on extending your understanding of the subject matter and helping you apply it in your working practice. The one-day session will be led by a subject matter expert who also has extensive experience in providing coaching/training to people working in the human services and non-profit sector.
Professional Practice and Ethics

Discussion, collaboration and the sharing of experiences are actively encouraged in order for the workshop to achieve one of its primary goals:

  • Facilitating the application of knowledge and skills acquired during the course to address real world challenges in a practical and effective manner.

Underpinning all of this is our learning community. This is made up of tutors who have extensive first-line experience, learning support staff who understand the human challenges people can face when attending college and our learners who are defined by their commitment to supporting each other. We believe this creates a learning experience that is unique to the OTC, one that meets the specific requirements of people working in our sector and improves the quality of service our users receive. This is known as the Supported Open Learning Model. You can read more about it here.

Next Steps

Dates & Duration

The next course starts on Monday, December 2nd, 2019. It runs for 8 weeks.


The course costs €395 to attend.

Booking a Place

Apply via the Online Application Centre.

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