Youth Work and Community Development including Substance Use

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Youth Work 5M4732

This course is designed for those who would like to support young people in a range of community-based settings. The programme provides students with an insight into youth work practice and the role of the youth worker in engaging and building supportive relationships with young people. The course examines many of the contemporary issues which affect young people such as housing, health and the influence of social media.

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

Course content

  • Working with Young People
  • Understanding Youth Work
  • Substance Use – Issues for Youth Work
  • Criminology
  • Young People and Society
  • Community Development Practice
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

*Course content subject to change

Course features and facilities

  • Opportunity to participate in Erasmus + Programme abroad
  • Educational field trips
  • Specialist workshops
  • Guest speakers
  • Practical and team-working projects provide experience-based learning
  • Work experience forms an integral part of the course, offering the opportunity for learners to gain practical experience, transferable skills and expertise in their chosen fields of interest
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library
  • Certified Training e.g. First Aid, Child Protection

Entry requirements

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

“My experience in Sallynoggin College on the Youth Work course was by far the most enriching of any course I have completed. I had heard of the course through a friend, who said it was the best around and she was completely right. I had high expectations on commencing the course, but by the end all those expectations had been exceeded. The support and guidance from all the teachers was incredible and the inspiring teaching they delivered throughout the course gave me the confidence to go forward with my studies. If you are considering doing this course, I can guarantee it will be the best decision you will make.”

Joanne Coogan, graduate 2021


Education progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI level 5 award in Youth Work 5M4732
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Community and Youth Development G Level 7 TU792

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For more progression options

TU Dublin Blanchardstown Community Dev. t &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
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
Dundalk IT Community Youth Work G+ Level 7 DK767
Dundalk IT Social Care G Level 8 DK862
Atlantic TU Community Development &Youth Work Level 7 GA876
Atlantic TU Community Development &Youth Work Level 8 GA892
TU South Community and Addiction Studies G Level 8 LC297
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
South East TU Criminal Justice Studies Level 8 WD150
South East TU Social Science Level 8 WD187
South East TU Psychology Level 8 WD163
South East TU Applied Social Care G Level 7 WD018
South East TU Social Care Practice G Level 8 WD192
Munster TU Counselling with Addiction AG Level 8 MT925
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

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change