Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Community Development & Youth Work
2023 CAO Points: 235
Leaving Certificate Requirements
Minimum Number of
Minimum Grade in
English OR Irish
O6/H7/F2 or higher
QQI/FET Award Required
|Any full Level 5 or 6 award
|Distinctions in 3 modules required
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
Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature
Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required – see tudublin.ie/gardavetting
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. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.0 overall (or equivalent).
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 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. 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.
There are two 12-week work placements, in Year 2, Semester 2 and Year 3, Semester 2.
The course 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.
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
- Statutory and Private Sector Organisations
- Working with Charities or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
- Principles of Youth Work
- Personal and Professional Communication in Community and Youth Work
- Facilitation and Group Work
- Introduction to Culture
- Principles of Community Development
- Introduction to Addictive Behaviours
- Community Arts
- Introduction to Psychology
- Fundamentals of Sociology
- Irish Culture and Society
- Social Policy
- Research Methods and Practice
- Advanced Community & Youth Development Practice
- Advanced Fieldwork
- Advanced Fieldwork Portfolio
- Skills for Professional Practice
- Social Entrepreneurship & Funding
- Social Psychology
- Principles of Human Rights
- Critical Skills in Youth Work Practice
- Advanced Research Methods & Practice
- Combatting Racism
- Working with Families
- Sustainable Development
- Power and Inequality
- Global Development
- Adult & Community Education
Please note, there is no advanced entry to this course.
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
On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin.