Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Youth and Community Work CW788

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW788
  • 24
  • All applicants will be required to attend a suitability interview.
  • 3 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
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What is the Course about?

Youth work supports the social and personal development of young people through non-formal participatory, empowering educational approaches. Community work functions collectively to empower marginalised communities and to challenge the inequalities.

This course provides a recognised professional qualification in youth and community work that is also recognised in the UK, Europe, Australia and Canada. Graduates typically work in the following areas: local youth services, community development projects, youth clubs, neighbourhood youth projects, Garda youth diversion projects, local drugs task force projects, youth mental health programmes and school completion programmes. According to Jenny, a youth worker:

“At the moment I’m working one-on-one supporting a young person who has recently been bereaved through suicide. In the afternoons, I am working with a group who are developing their own music programme’

Special Features:

  • Endorsed by NSETS Ð North South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work.
  • Focus on active learning, continuous assessment projects and the development of research skills.
  • Students undertake two work placements of 14-weeks duration - one in Year 2 and one in Year 3. A dedicated supervised Professional Practice Coordinator guides and supports students through this process.
  • Wide variety of expert industry and academic guest lectures.
  • Exit award Ð Certificate in Youth Studies (NFQ Level 6) after Year 1

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are eligible to progress to MA or PhD courses, including the MA in Child, Youth and Family Studies at Institute of Technology 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 course 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?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7.


For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Majella Finnegan, BA (Hons), HCert Youth Work, MA