First level professional higher education study programme Social care
2 years or 4 semesters full time studies 80 Latvian credit points, 120 ECTS
Study form - Full time studies
Obtained degree Qualification: social carer
Programme director Mg.paed. Dace Erkena
Study programme goal is to educate social caregivers and prepare them for a Professional activity that provides society with qualitative social carer's services and respects human rights and promotes social justice in society
Obligatory part (A part), which includes:
general study courses (30 ECTS) where, according to regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers Nr.141, is included module about creation of business professional competences, study courses, which give the students opportunity to improve foreign language knowledge and acquire professional terminology in foreign language, acquire skills to use information technologies, gain understanding of the ethical values, gives knowledge about the history of profession development, anatomy, physiology, and pedagogy;
Branch study courses (34.5 ECTS) branch study courses give knowledge about social legislation, develop skills in social care, understanding about the needs of different client groups and care specific. In branch study course group are included also such study courses like social work methods and theories and research methods in social work;
Practice (24 (ECTS) there are planned two practices for students. First practice lasts for 6 weeks, which corresponds to 9 ECTS, and is organized at the end of the first study year. The goal of the practice to learn about social services provided by social welfare systems institutions and develops understanding about social caregiver's professional activity. Study program second practice is planned at the end of the second study year. Practice time is 10 weeks, which corresponds to 15 ECTS. The goals of practice individually and properly acquire social caregiver's profession practice skills, to integrate and improve practically theoretical knowledge and improve the skills to write research in social care practice.
Qualification work (12 ECTS) the goal of qualification work is to observe all requirements for scientific work and scientific ethical principles, to systematize and 4 widen theoretical knowledge, develop research skills for professional research and show readiness for independent work in profession and practice problem solving.
Obligatory optional part (B part) includes:
branch professional specialisation study courses (16,5 ECTS) in the framework of professional study courses the students form understanding about hygiene an epidemiology in social care process, acquire skills in basic massage and movement activities, as well as knowledge about education of clients of different age and learn about social skills.
Optional study courses (C part) include:
Optional teaching courses (3 ECTS) optional study courses allow students to acquire disciplines, which increase knowledge and skills in the chosen branch. Optional study courses are offered , based on the students expectations and proposals, e.g. sign language, creative methods and possibility to use them, floristic etc.