BA in Community Youth Work

Course Points
280
Course Duration
3 Years
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
40 Places

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • The programme is specific to working with young people aged from 10-25 years in youth work settings.
  • If you have a strong interest in the rights of young people and in particular, those who may live in marginalised communities and or vulnerable circumstances.
  • Youth Work as a discipline is recognised as being an ‘agent of change’ and is embedded in a rights based approach.
  • Youth Work has at its core a strong sense of working with young people on their developmental, recreational, social, and educational attainment in a non-formal setting complementary to other educational and training programmes.

Course Summary

This 3-year level 7 degree course aims to develop community youth work leaders who have a high level of knowledge, skills, competence and confidence in a range of activities to enable you to work in a community youth work setting.

Important notice about this course

Because of the nature of the placements on this course, applicants will be required to successfully pass Police/Garda vetting for all jurisdictions where the applicant was/is resident.

The main aim of this course is to develop community youth work leaders who have a high level of knowledge, skills, competence and confidence in a range of activities to enable you to work in a community youth work setting. To develop skills, enable the work with young people to be rights based.   

Year 1

Semester 1

  • History and Development of Youth Work
  • Youth Work as a Professional Discipline
  • Community Development 1
  • Sociology 1
  • Report Writing and Communications

Semester 2

  • Working with Young People
  • Youth Work Practice 1
  • Workplace Communication Skills
  • Essential Office Applications
  • Community Development 2 

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Youth Work Placement 1

Semester 2

  • Community Project Management
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Youth Work Relationships
  • Development Studies 1
  • Sociology 2

Year 3

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

  • Youth Work Placement 2

 

Upon successful completion of Years One and Two, students may exit with a Higher Certificate Award. Upon successful completion of Year Three, students may exit with a Level 7 Ordinary Degree.

* All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only.  

During this programme, course content will be delivered via:

  • Lectures  
  • Tutorials 
  • Group Work 
  • Online learning 
  • Field Trips 
  • Guest Speakers 
  • Issue based workshops 

Graduates of this course have a wide variety of career options available to them, including 

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

Successful candidates can progress on to the One-year, add-on BA (Honoursin  Youth Work at DkIT. (NSETS ENDORSED) 

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees 

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

→ INCLUDING At least one H5 Grade, OR Minimum Points Score of 200
→ AND Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7
→ AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
→ Candidates must also pass an interview


Non-Standard Applicants:

The Institute will also consider non-standard applications from mature students or other qualifications. Mature students are those who will be 23 years of age, or over, on January 1 of the year of application. All candidates will be asked to submit a Personal Statement and may be called for Interview.


Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 5 different subjects which must include:

→ Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better)
→ English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better)
→ One subject at:

    • 'A Level’ (Grade A* - E or better)
    • OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - E)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

→ The remaining subjects must be different from those listed above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

    • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR 'AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR ‘A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

→ Candidates must also pass an interview

Placement in this programme takes places during:

  • Year 2, Semester 1 
  • Year 3, Semester 2 

Students who wish to work in a caring profession with young people and in particular, those who may live in marginalised communities and or vulnerable circumstances.

Katherina Nugent (Programme Director)
Phone: +353 42 9370177
Email: katherina.nugent@dkit.ie

Course ID DK767
Level 7
Duration 3 Years
Points 280
Places 40
School School of Business & Humanities
Department Humanities
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK767.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.