social studies course

Youth Work & Community Studies

Including Criminology and Addiction Studies

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Youth Work 5M4732
Certificate in Occupational First Aid
Child Protection

Duration: One Year Full-Time – September to May

This Youth Work & Community Studies course is designed for those who would like to pursue a career in the youth and community sector, working with young people in a range of community based settings. Focusing on young people, this course provides insight into topics including substance misuse, youth unemployment, homelessness and the impact of social media. This QQI Level 5 programme provides students with an understanding of youth work practice and the role of the youth worker, exploring the current challenges facing young people and those working in the field.

“The Youth Work Certificate at SCFE gave me all the tools I needed to work in the field. I found the lecturers incredibly approachable and the layout of the course and subjects was great. SCFE helped me to go on to further my studies at a time when I did not really know what I wanted to do. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to embark on a career in Youth Work.”
Darragh Fitzpatrick

Former learners of Youth Work & Community Studies have progressed to QQI Level 6 Advanced Social Studies here in SCFE.
Former learners have also progressed to degree programmes, for example:
• BSc Community and Youth Work in NUI Maynooth
• BA (Hons) Social Science Waterford Institute of Technology
• BA (Hons) in Youth and Community work at Carlow Institute of Technology


Option 1
• Working with young people
• Understanding Youth Work
• Substance Use – Issues for Youth Work
• Criminology
• Young People & Society
• Psychology
• Work Experience
• Teamworking

Course Features and Facilities

  • Work experience forms an integral part of the course where students receive hands on practical skills within a range of youth and community settings
  • Guest speakers
  • Specialist workshops
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library

Employment Opportunities

Direct employment in the youth services or community development sector in the following areas: Youth Support Work, Family Work, Youth Justice, Community Work, Learner Mentoring, Sports Development Work.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent,
LCA or relevant experience
Learners should have an interest in community based youth work
Mature learners welcome
Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements