Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Youth and Community Work CW788

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW788
  • 24
  • 700
  • 3 Years
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What is the Course about?

Careers in youth and community are varied but all share one common goal - to affect positive social change and ultimately to make a difference in people's lives. Careers in this area are diverse and appeal to people with a particular interest and passion for making a difference in the lives of others, whether it be through youth service organisations, education departments, voluntary organisations, churches, charities or other community-based groups.  

This three-year Honours Degree equips students with the knowledge and understanding of both the principles and practices of youth and community work. The programme addresses broad subject matters such as psychology and social policy, while also addressing more specific areas such as: the role of youth and community work in promoting social change; creative approaches to working with young people; managing youth and community work and multi-agency working environments.

This is an innovative practice-led programme where students are encouraged to make the links between theory and practice and to develop as reflective practitioners. Students undertake two placements in Years 2 and 3.

This Honours Degree in Youth & Community Work is professionally endorsed by the North South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work (NSETS).

Special Features:

  • Endorsed by NSETS - North South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work.
  • Focus on active learning.
  • Supervised professional practice placements are an essential part of this programme. Students undertake two supervised professional practice placements - one in Year 2 and one in Year 3. A supervised professional practice placement is where a student applies their academic knowledge to practice, learns key skills and achieves the required competencies. Learning in the contextual setting of a practice enables students to confront many of the challenges and issues related to working in a caring environment. Placement opportunities are available across community, state-run, private and voluntary settings with  local, national and even international organisations available. A dedicated supervised professional practice coordinator guides and supports students through this process. .
  • Wide variety of expert industry and academic guest lectures.
  • Final year students host an annual Research Symposium.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are eligible to progress to MA or PhD programmes, including the MA in Child, Youth & Family Studies at IT Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Careers in Youth and Community Work are varied, challenging and rewarding and can include mainstream youth work or special project work. Graduates of the programme can expect to find employment in areas such as: community development; family support; youth work and as project workers with specific target groups such as: the homeless; youth diversion programmes; alcohol/drug abuse and early school leavers programmes. Employers can include: government departments; health organisations and departments; charities and voluntary organisations; youth service organisations and minority groups.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

All applicants will be required to attend a suitability interview.

Leaving Certificate:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better.
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants  will be assessed on an individual basis and will be interviewed.

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Majella Finnegan, BA, HCert Youth Work, MA