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5M4732 Youth Work and Community Development 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

Coordinator: Mariena Kelly

This Youth Work and Community Development course offers a broad introduction to the study of community youth work. The course is designed to enable students to develop the personal qualities, knowledge, skills and competencies required to progress and pursue a career in the community youth work sector, either through advancement to third level, or by going directly into employment. 

Stimulating and engaging, the course examines the methods and strategies used to engage and build supportive relationships with young people, explores contemporary issues in the lives of young people such as identity, youth culture and the role of social media and encourages students to link theory and practice in a variety of critical and reflective ways.

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 

“School & I were never friends! It was difficult at the start learning how to use a computer, but with guidance from my fellow students and encouragement from my tutors, I found my way through, and realised my passion for learning that I never knew I had. I have applied to do the Level 6 course in Sallynoggin and can’t wait to be a student again and sit in a classroom, eager to learn.” Niamh Becton, Graduate 2020

Education Progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI level 5 award in Youth Work 5M4732
Maynooth University Community and Youth Work G + Level 8 MH116
Maynooth University Social Science Level 8 MH107
Maynooth University Arts with Criminology Level 8 MH101
Maynooth University Law and Criminology Level 8 MH502
Maynooth University Psychology Level 8 MH106
UCD Social Sciences Level 8 DN700
UCD Social Policy and Sociology Level 8 DN750
UCD Psychology Level 8 DN720
UCD Arts Level 8 DN520
UCD Humanities Level 8 DN530
UCD Law Level 8 DN600
TCD Deaf Studies G Level 8 TR016
TCD Law Level 8 TR004
UCC Social Science-Youth &Comm. G+AE Level 8 CK114
UCC Criminology Level 8 CK113
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Community and Youth Development G Level 7 TU792
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Community Dev. &Youth Work G Level 8 TU992
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Applied Social Studies in Social Care G Level 7 TU791
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Applied Social Studies in Social Care G Level 8 TU991
TU Dublin Tallaght Applied Social Care G Level 8 TU997
Dundalk IT Community Youth Work G + Level 7 DK767
Dundalk IT Social Care G Level 8 DK862
Galway Mayo IT Community Development &Youth Work Level 7 GA876
Galway Mayo IT Community Development &Youth Work Level 8 GA892
Limerick IT Community and Addiction Studies G Level 8 LC 297
DCU Education and Training G Level 8 DC235
DCU Health & Society G Level 8 DC209
DCU Arts- Politics Level 8 DC295
DCU International Relations Level 8 DC231
DCU Law and Society (BCL) Level 8 DC232
IADT Applied Psychology Level 8 DL825
NCI Psychology€ Level 8 NC010
Waterford IT Criminal Justice Studies Level 8 WD150
Waterford IT Social Science Level 8 WD187
Waterford IT Psychology Level 8 WD163
Waterford IT Applied Social Care G Level 7 WD018
Waterford IT Social Care Practice G Level 8 WD192
IT Tralee Counselling with Addiction (Mature) G Level 8 TL889
  Private Colleges (Fees Payable)
DBS Applied Social Care G Level 7 DB528
DBS Applied Social Care G Level 8 DB527
DBS Social Science Level 8 DB566
DBS Psychology Level 8 DB562
ICHAS Counselling & Psychotherapy G Level 8 CI110
ICHAS Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies G Level 8 CI111
ICHAS Counselling & Psychotherapy with Youth Studies G Level 8 CI112
€ Fees Payable G Garda Vetting Required + Questionnaire/ Skills Test and Interview A Age Requirement E Experience Requirement

For a more detailed list of progression options please

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change