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Community Development & Youth Work / Forbairt Pobail agus Obair don Ógra

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Community Development & Youth Work

2022 CAO Points: 249

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Leaving Cert
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 Distinctions in 3 modules required

Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants:

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

Additional Requirements/Information: Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required – see tudublin.ie/gardavetting

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.

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

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

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

Professional Accreditation: 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

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
  • 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
  • Youth Work Practice
  • 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.

Semester 1:

  • Advanced Research Methods and Practice
  • Working with Families
  • Combatting Racism
  • Critical Issues in Youth Work
  • Sustainable Development


  • Management Skills
  • Social Policy / Analysis
  • 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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Progression Options

Years 1-4
Bachelor of Arts in Community Development & Youth Work (Level 8)
On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin, or elsewhere.