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BA in Community Youth Work

The fundamentals towards a rewarding career transforming young lives.
240 Points

CAO Code


Start Date

September 2024

Course Capacity



3 Years

Work Placement


NFQ Level


Discipline Area

Arts & Humanities

Course Type


Study Mode



On Campus

Course Overview

The youth work course supports the development of youth work practitioners as professionals, with an enhanced understanding of societal impacts on young people. Emphasis on human rights, social justice and equality are central themes within the modules. Combined with the development of desired skill sets such as IT, programme development, and understanding of sociology, psychology and relationships, this course aims to educate youth workers with critical, essential skills for the youth work setting.

Youth Work has at its core a keen sense of working with young people on their developmental, recreational, social, and educational attainment in a nonformal setting complementary to other educational and training programmes. Students develop empathetic skills in sociology, psychology and community development whilst experiencing two different forms of work placement in community settings.

What makes this course different

2 Industry Practice Placements

Students undertake 2 supervised practice placements; one in Year 2 and one in Year 3.


Great Employment Prospects

85% of graduates are in employment after 6 months of graduating, all employed youth services roles (DkIT/HEA Graduate Survey)

Understanding the Industry

Youth Work is a rewarding profession, where practitioners work closely with young people between 10 – 25 years, in youth work settings. Youth workers enhance the personal and social development of young people and work with young people across a range of spaces where the relationship is critical and central to the work. Youth Work allows work to happen with young people in an informal setting that complements their formal education and should assist a young person to navigate their way in the world and allow for supports in the ‘growing up’ stages.

Career Opportunities

Future Careers:

  • Youth Worker
  • Garda Youth Diversion Project Worker
  • Programme Co-Ordinator
  • Outreach Worker
  • Youth Advocacy
  • School Completion Project Worker

In these areas:

  • Youth Work
  • Education
  • Health
  • Community
  • Government

Course Delivery and Modules

During this programme, course content will be delivered via a series of Lectures, Tutorials, Group Work, Online learning, Field Trips, Guest Speakers and Issue based workshops.

  • Year 1

    • History and Development of Youth Work
    • Youth Work as a Professional Discipline
    • Community Development
    • Sociology
    • Research and Communication Skills
    • Working with Young People
    • Youth Work Practice
    • Workplace Communication Skills
    • Essential Office Applications for Youth Work
  • Year 2

    • Youth Work Placement 1
    • Community Project Management
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Youth Work Relationships
    • Development Studies
    • Sociology
  • Year 3

    • Youth Work Practice
    • Diversity, Equality, and Social Justice
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Research and Communication Skills in Youth Work
    • Youth Justice
    • Youth Work Placement 2

Work Placement

Students undertake 2 supervised practice placements; one in Year 2, Semester 1 and the other in Year 3, Semester 2.

Professional Accreditations

This course is endorsed by the North South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work (NSETS). NSETS is responsible for the professional endorsement of youth work courses on the island of Ireland.

  • DKIT

Education Progression

Graduates of this course who have achieved a G.P.A. of 50% or above can progress on to the Level 8 BA (Hons) in Youth Work Add-On course.

Add On 1 Year On Campus

BA (Hons) in Youth Work — NSETS Endorsed

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Fees and Funding

Please find information on fees and funding here: 

Entry Requirements

Recent CAO Points

2023 CAO Round 1 Points


How To Apply

Apply on CAO

All standard entry first-year applicants must apply for entry through the CAO. See Important application dates for CAO and information for specific applicant types below:

CAO Code: DK767
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Advanced Entry & Transfer Applications

Advanced Entry is for applicants who have previous educational achievements and/or work experience and want to be considered for direct entry into year  2, 3, or 4 of a course. This includes students looking to transfer to DkIT from another Higher Education provider.

Closing Date: 6th June
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International Application (non-EU)

International Applicants (not from or living in the EU) can apply through an agent or directly to DkIT to study this course.

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Breda Prunty

Programme Director


Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).