Community and Youth Development / Forbairt Pobail agus Ógra

Application for admission to this add-on Honours Degree (Level 8) programme will be considered from graduates of TU792 Bachelor of Arts in Community & Youth Development or a relevant Ordinary Degree (Level 7 programme).

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.

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

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

Electives - Semester 1:

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

(you must select two electives)

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

Electives - Semester 2:

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

(you must select one elective)

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 graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


1 year




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