Community and Youth Development / Forbairt Pobail agus Ógra

2019 CAO Points: 250

Leaving Cert
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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

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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.

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

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

  • 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 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

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

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