social studies course

Youth Work & Community Studies

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

Duration: One Year Full-Time

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. 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:
• BA Community and Youth Work in NUI Maynooth
• Level 8 Degree in Youth and Community at Institutes of Technology in Blanchardstown and Carlow
• Level 8 Degree in Social Care Practice in Waterford Institute of Technology


Option 1
• Psychology of Adolescence
• Identity & Belonging
• Family Law & Child Protection
• Peer Education
• Addiction Studies
• Young People & Society
• Exercise & Fitness
• Youth Service Provision & Legislation
• Work Experience
• Teamwork & Leadership skills
• Communications

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
  • This course focuses on the personal and social issues that impact on young people in modern Irish society and their communities such as social exclusion, youth culture, family breakdown, and addiction.
  • Guest speakers in specialist subjects
  • Youth and Community Services
  • Specialist workshops including;
    • Parachute
    • Body
    • Right and Peer Education
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library

Employment Opportunities

Direct employment in the youth services or community development sector e.g. youth leaders in youth clubs, sports clubs and youth services and community 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