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Community and Youth Development / Forbairt Pobail agus Ógra

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts in Community and Youth Development

2023 CAO Points: All Qualified Applicants (AQA)

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of:





Minimum Grade in:


English OR Irish

O6/H7/F2 or higher


QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award None

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. 

Additional Requirements

Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required – see tudublin.ie/gardavetting

Course Description

Are you interested in working in partnership with people in groups and communities who experience disadvantage and oppression, and working to achieve social change in Irish society and abroad? This course promotes principles of inclusion, human rights, equality and social justice, working towards sustainable development and tackling issues such as inequality, climate change, poverty and disadvantage.

In this course, you’ll learn the knowledge and skills you need to work in community development and youth work. Subjects include sociology, psychology, community development, social policy, addiction, human rights, youth development and social entrepreneurship. The course has a strong element of experiential learning and involves fieldwork placements.

Work Placement

There are two 12-week work placements, in Year 2, Semester 2 and Year 3, Semester 2.

Professional Accreditation

The course is professionally endorsed by the All-Ireland Endorsement Body (AIEB) for Community Work Education and Training (2018-2023).

IT Requirements

Students on this course will be required to have a medium spec computer/laptop (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. It should be able to use Wi-fi and camera in order to attend online classes, and use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect; e.g. Latitude 5510; Latitude 5410;

Please search for the TU Dublin offer on the HEA website www.heanet.ie/store

  • Community Development Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Programme Co-ordinator
  • Project Worker
  • Community Educator
  • Working in Justice Diversion Projects
  • Probation Service
  • School Completion Project Worker
  • Information Officer
  • Community Liaison Officer in Local Authorities
  • Voluntary
  • Statutory and Private Sector Organisations
  • Working with Charities or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Sociology
  • Introduction to Culture
  • Principles of Community Development
  • Principles of Youth Work 
  • Personal and Professional Communication in Community and Youth Work

Semester 2

  • Principles of Youth Work
  • Irish Culture and Society
  • Social Policy
  • Introduction to Addictive Behaviours
  • Facilitation and Group Work
  • Community Arts

Semester 1

  • Psychological Perspectives on Development
  • Introduction to Youth Work
  • Communicating Across Language Barriers
  • Community Development Practice
  • Substance Use and Addictive Behaviours within Youth Cultures
  • Sociology of Education

Semester 2

  • Fieldwork*
  • Fieldwork Portfolio

* Fieldwork module is assessed as Pass/Fail and is not included in the GPA (grade point average) calculation.

Semester 1

  • Principles of Human Rights
  • Research Methods and Practice
  • Social Psychology
  • Advanced Community & Youth Development Practice
  • Social Entrepreneurship / Funding


  • Language, Culture & Identity
  • Community Response to Drug Use
  • European Studies

Semester 2

  • Advanced Fieldwork*
  • Advanced Fieldwork Portfolio
  • Skills for Professional Practice

* Advanced Fieldwork module is assessed as Pass/Fail and is not included in the GPA (grade point average) calculation.

I chose this course because I love to help people. It focusses on a wide range of areas, such as Addiction Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Family Support Studies and Youth Work.

The course also has two thirteen week placements in years 2 and 3 and these really helped me to learn through practice, providing the skills for future employment.  Class sizes are small, so getting to know everyone is very easy.

- Hayley Keogh, Community & Youth Development

On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to progress onto the final year of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Community Development & Youth Work .

TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Arts


3 years

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Non-EU Fees

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Progression Options

Year 1
Bachelor of Arts in Community and Youth Development (Level 7)
Year 2
Bachelor of Arts in Community and Youth Development (Level 7)
Year 3
Bachelor of Arts in Community and Youth Development (Level 7)
Year 4
Progress to year 4 of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Community Development & Youth Work (Level 8)