Community and Youth Development / Forbairt Pobail agus Ógra

2020 CAO Points: 251

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish

O6/H7/F2 or higher


Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

Additional Requirements/Information: Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required – see


Do you want to work in partnership with people in groups and communities who experience disadvantage and oppression, and work towards social change in Irish society and abroad? Our mission is to educate and train future community development and youth workers to work in a range of settings in Ireland and internationally so that they can become active citizens and agents of change. The programme 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. Year 4 subjects include combatting racism, youth justice and global development, and you can specialise in areas such as social policy, sustainable development, community mental health, management skills, alcohol and drugs prevention strategies and conflict resolution. The course has a a strong element of experiential learning and includes fieldwork placements.

Work Placement: There are two 12-week work placements, in Year 2, Semester 2 and 3rd year, Semester 2.

Postgraduate Study: On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere.

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

Professional Accreditation: The programme is professionally endorsed by the All-Ireland Endorsement Body (AIEB) for Community Work Education and Training (2018-2023) and by NSETS, the North South Education & Training Standards Committee for Youth Work 2020-2025

Accreditation of Community & Youth Development Course


  • 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
  • Skills for Success in Higher Education
  • Law Crime and Community


Semester 2:

  • Irish Culture and Society
  • Social Policy
  • Introduction to Addictive Behaviours
  • Group Dynamics and Development
  • Community Arts
  • Community and Youth Development Practice 1

Semester 1:

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

Semester 2:

  • Fieldwork
  • Fieldwork Portfolio

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

Semester 1:

  • Advanced Research Methods and Practice
  • Working with Families
  • Combatting Racism
  • Youth Justice


  • Management Skills
  • Social Policy / Analysis
  • Sustainable Development
  • Community Mental Health

Semester 2:

  • Dissertation
  • Power & Inequality
  • Global Development
  • Adult & Community Education


  • Advocacy & Community Organisation
  • Alcohol and Drugs Prevention Strategies for Youth
  • Conflict Resolution & Mediation

I decided to return to college as a mature student. When I was growing up, I witnessed first-hand the issues that a community can face, and so the course that really caught my eye when filling in the CAO was Community and Youth Development. The course covers modules such as Psychology, Addiction Studies, Social Policy, Sociology, Human Rights, and Youth Work. The highlight of the course for me was the two 13-week work placements where I got to utilise the skills I had learned in the classroom. There is a lot of group work, which is a good way for students to settle in to college life and learn from each other. There is a lot of help and support from academic staff, and the small class sizes makes it so much easier. If you are leaving school and you think this might be the course for you, I strongly encourage you to pursue it.

Liam Kelly

Community & Youth Development

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

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