UCC CPD courses

Youth Work: Skills for Working with Individuals and Groups SS6036


Fact File


Module Objective: To equip students with the skills required to respond effectively to the needs of young people in individual (one to one) and group situations.

Module Content: This module builds on the theoretical and practical foundations of reflective youth work practice methodologies in developing student skills for working with individuals and groups.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Recognise and apply appropriate theories of counselling
  • Practice appropriate engagement and communication skills
  • Recognise professional limits and boundaries in youth work
  • Respond effectively to individuals in crisis
  • Facilitate youth groups
  • Design and implement developmental group work programmes using appropriate resources
  • Record and evaluate group work processes and outcomes
  • Record and evaluate work and outcomes with individual young people
  • Understand the impacts of modernity on young people as individuals and as a cohort.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 12 x 2hr(s) Lectures; 12 x 2hr(s) Directed Study. Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 50%. Formal Written Examination: No Formal Written Examination.

The module will be delivered through a combination of online and face to face methods subject to Covid 19 guidelines.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (2 X Case Study. Case Study 1; working with young people (individual case study) 1 x 3,000 words, 100 marks. Case Study 2; working with young people (Group case study) 1 x 3,000 words, 100 marks.). Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.

Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.

Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (50% is the maximum mark awarded in repeat examinations.).

Module Co-ordinator: Mr Pat Leahy, School of Applied Social Studies.

Lecturer(s): Ms Sinead O'Neill, Centre for Adult Continuing Education; Staff, External Institution, Cobh Garda Diversion Project.


*Where modules are part of an existing programme and are to be offered as CPD Modules, the applicant will be expected to meet the entry requirements of the programme.

Applicants will normally have achieved a minimum grade of a 2H2 in an Honours degree. Candidates will be normally be graduates from cognate disciplines, including but not limited to: Social Science, Education (incl. Sports Studies), Social Work, Early Years and Childhood Studies, Social Care (NFQ, Level 8), Sociology and Psychology. 

Applicants are also required to possess a minimum of two years' experience in a paid or voluntary capacity in a full-time youth work position (or equivalent part-time experience)

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €1021.66.

There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

Download and complete the application form at the link below.

03 03 21 CPD Form

  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo).
  • Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal.
  • Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via e-mail to cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

CPD Co-Ordinator, CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

Q+1 floor, The Boole Library, Main Quad, U.C.C.

e-mail cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie