UCC Adult courses

Youth and Community Work - Cert

About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

The Certificate in Youth and Community Work offers you the opportunity to develop professional skills and gain an understanding of the theory that guides good practice. It is a part-time course that explores approaches to working with groups in a variety of settings to create a positive social environment. You will trace the development of social intervention from its historical beginnings to its current form. You will develop skills that support reflective practice and enable you to engage in research, strategic planning, group leadership and mediation. Lectures are interactive; they promote discussion and may include student presentations. 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This course runs one evening per week from September/October to May.

Time and day to be confirmed for outreach centres.

Course Practicalities


Assessment is assignment based, there are no examinations. Assignments take a variety of forms including: reflective journals, essays, community profiles, research reports and placement reflection. Lecturers will cover assignment approaches. Two assignments are required per 10 credit module and one per five credit module. Assignments are handed in one week after a module ends. Assignment briefs and guidelines are available in the course handbook so information is available in advance.

Who teaches this course

All members of the lecturing team are experienced adult education lecturers chosen for their ability to facilitate the development of positive learning environments. they have extensive professional experience in the field and would normally hold a minimum of an ma degree. their strong links to local youth and community agencies and development bodies, along with their participation in area training programmes, provides them with first hand knowledge of the skill set expectations of local youth and community work employers.

Why Choose This Course

This Certificate focuses on professional skill building. If you want to enter youth and community work, are already employed and wish to gain promotion or progress to full-time professional training this course is for you. You will engage in dynamic discussions, compile a community profile, make confident mini-presentations, conduct a research project and complete an agency placement. Graduates have progression choices. Graduates have progression choices. You will be equipped to apply for youth/community positions or progress to the diploma year of the programme and then to further third level courses. One such course is the UCC Bachelor in Youth and Community Work that is designed for mature students.



Skills and Careers Information

The course opens access to full time third level education. Past students have progressed to level 7, 8 and 9 courses in UCC, LIT, CIT, UL, NUI Maynooth, UCG and Mary Immaculate College. The Certificate was their first step to obtaining qualifications in the areas of addiction studies, social care, community development, regeneration studies and social work.

The Certificate enhances employment opportunities. It has a high profile with local agencies who welcome applications from our graduates. Many of the lecturers work with local agencies and can highlight essential employment skills and opportunities.


The programme will be taken part-time.

  • Applicants for entrance into the Programme must be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application
  • Have Leaving Certificate (or equivalent qualification) or FETAC Level 5 qualification
  • Candidates who do not have Leaving Certificate or FETAC Level 5 but are over 21 years of age and have a minimum of 2 years relevant experience may be deemed suitable, subject to the approval of the CACE Committee
  • Applicants must satisfy Garda Vetting requirements. Candidates may be required to attend for an interview before being permitted to progress to Year 2
  • English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score


Fees and Costs


For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How Do I Apply

There is no intake for this course this year. 

For information and to apply for the Diploma in Youth and Community Work please click here.

Contact details for this course

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Social Studies

Year 1 Modules

  • SS1802: Introduction to Youth and Community Work (5 credits)
    The module will examine the history and development of Youth and Community Work. Youth and Community Work will be explored and defined and the module will consider the value systems, theoretical approaches, interventions and their application to practical youth and community work settings. The structure of the youth service and the community sector will be examined in the context of broader Irish society.
  • SS1805: Introduction to Research Methods in Youth and Community Work (10 credits)
    Research skills, design, methodology and presentation.
  • SS1819: Principles and Practices of Youth and Community Work (10 credits)
    This module addresses the nature of youth and community work practice, the concept of working with people and approaches used in professional work settings. It examines the benefits and challenges of youth/community participation and explores some theoretical approaches to working with people.
  • SS1822: Core Skills in Youth and Community Work (5 credits)
    Group facilitation skills, leadership, conflict resolution, listening and communciation skills. The communication process will be introduced in terms of non-verbal communication, effective listening, facilitation and leadership and communication in groups. Skills in working with youth and adult groups will also be included.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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