Youth and Community Work BSocSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK114

Course Title: Youth and Community Work

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Youth and Community Work

Duration: 3 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSocSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: This programme is open to mature and QQI/FET applicants. Mature applicants are those who have reached 23 years of age by 1 January of the year of proposed entry to UCC. Applicants are shortlisted for interview based on MSAP results and the personal statement submitted with their CAO Application.

Entry Points: *Mature Entry*


This undergraduate degree in Social Science (Youth & Community Work) for mature students combines an academic social science programme with a professionally accredited qualification in youth and community work.

This professional qualification is recognised by employers in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and throughout the UK.

This programme is suitable for you if you have developed a concern for social justice and are interested in working with people, particularly those who experience marginalisation and social exclusion.

Your life experience will be an important contribution to the learning on this programme, which will prepare you to work as a professional with a sense of vocation in the challenging but rewarding field of youth and community work.

It is hoped that on completion of this course, you will continue to offer your critical skills and knowledge, either on a paid or voluntary basis, to people, communities and critical social movements.

Course Details

Post "Celtic Tiger" society in Ireland is in crisis. Communities continue to be polarised by inequalities in relation to social, economic and political life. Increasingly, a growing gap exists between those in poverty and those who remain the beneficiaries of some questionable policies and practices of our capitalist economy.

In this context, skilled and knowledgeable community and youth workers have a key role to play as facilitators, leaders and participants in movements for social and economic justice.

You will undertake a practice placement in each year of the programme in a wide range of agencies and settings across the youth, community and voluntary sector. These placements provide the opportunity to develop your knowledge and a wide range of skills, as well as building your reputation as a practitioner while still students on the programme.

Placements can be facilitated locally, nationally and internationally. During placements students receive a high level of support, both from our placement supervisors in the School of Applied Social Studies and from the agency or organisation where they are on placement.

Year 1 Modules (All 10 credits):

SS1101 Introduction to Youth & Community Work

SS1102 Social Analysis

SS1104 Principles and Practice of Youth and Community Work

SS1105 Social Policy 1

SS1107 Level 1 Professional Placement

SS1110 Informal/Non-Formal Learning in a Community Work Setting

Year 2 Modules:

Communications and Community Youth Work; Working with Individuals in a Community Youth Work Setting; Working with Groups in a Community Youth Work Setting; Social Analysis 2; Social Policy 2; Level 2 Professional Placement; Research Methods 1

Year 3 Modules:


Organisational Development and Change; Law, Rights and Equal Opportunities; Reflective Action in Youth and Community Work; Social Policy Studies; Placement; Research Methods 2


Housing and Homelessness; Education and Welfare; Poverty and Social Exclusion; Youth Policy and Practice; The Politics of Racism; Social Perspectives in Mental Health; Sexuality and Society; Comparative Social Policy; Issues in Planning and Sustainable Development; Politics of Health and Medicine; Critical Perspectives of Age and Ageing; Personal Lives and Family Policy; Penal Policy and Practice

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Mature students: You must be 23 on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry. Mature applicants must apply through the CAO before 1 February of the year of proposed entry, include a statement of interest and must also apply and sit the MSAP test. Successful completion of a suitable access course (e.g. PLC College or Adult Education), while not obligatory, is desirable.  Applicants should have the equivalent of at least one year of experience, either paid or voluntary, in the youth/community/voluntary sector and be interested in working in this area and with people from disadvantaged communities and minority groups.

Selection will take into account:

  • MSAP
  • Interview
  • Statement of Interest

FETAC:  You must be 21 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry.  Applicants should also have the equivalent of at least one year of experience, either paid or voluntary, in the youth/community/voluntary sector.  Interview will be used as an additional selection mechanism.

There are up to 5 places for FETAC Applicants presenting certain qualifications as detailed under CK114 here. 

Progression Route from CACE (UCC Centre for Adult Continuing Education) Programmes:  You must be 21 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry. Applicants can apply on the basis of having attained a 2.1 minimum in one of the following CACE programmes: 

  • Diploma in Social Studies
  • Diploma in Youth and Community Work
  • Diploma in Autism Studies
  • Diploma in Development Studies
  • Diploma in Disability Studies
  • Diploma in Leadership in the Community
  • Diploma in Social and Psychological Health Studies
  • Diploma in Social Enterprises and Community Development Practice
  • Diploma in Women's Studies
  • Diploma in Youth and Community Work and Physical Activity

Interview will be used as an additional selection mechanism.  Holders of a 2.1 in the Diploma in Youth and Community Work who subsequently apply for and are offered a place on the degree programme may apply for an exemption from the 10 ECTS module SS1101 Introduction to Youth and Community Work.

Applications for the above entry routes to the CK114 Programme are made through the CAO before 1st February.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

Fitness to Practise

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here.

Student Garda Vetting
All students on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.

Student Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending. The Garda Síochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more (including permanent residence).

All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries of residence. This certificate should state that the student has had no convictions recorded against them while residing there.



Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: This course integrates an academic social science course with a professional practice training course in youth and community work. You will generally be required to attend lectures, tutorials and supervisions two to three days per week.

Expected lab/practical hours: You will be required to complete two days/16 hours of supervised practice placement weekly in a recognised agency, over the course of the academic year.

Other practicalities: Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here.

Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on this progamme. See Infectious Diseases for further details. 


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.

You will be assessed by examination (25%) and continuous assessment (75%). Continuous assessment is made on the basis of the written assignments which are part of the course. These consist of projects, case studies and essays. In all cases, these are marked by the course lecturers involved in the teaching of that particular component.

Written assignments will be assessed within the context of established criteria and you will have to submit them by the deadlines established at the beginning of the academic year by the course director. Submission dates will be staggered to ensure that excessive demands are not made on students at particular times of the year. Normally, two written assignments are required per term.

The Practice Placement module is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Marks are awarded out of 100 per 5-credit module and 200 per 10-credit module (out of a total possible mark of 1,000).

Further Contact Information

Mr Micheál Ó hAodain

Outreach Coordinator

T: +353 (0)21 490 3753


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