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Course Details

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social and Community Development

Course code: BN415 Entry Route into programme:
  • Appropriate Bachelor of Arts in Social and Community Development
Duration: 1 year
NFQ level: 8
Method of application: CAO
Schedule: Full time
Award title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Credits for Full Award: 60 @ NFQ Level 8
Awarding Body: ITB  

Minimum Entry Requirements

Holders of an appropriate Ordinary Bachelor Degree in Social and Community Development should apply to CAO in the year for which admission is sought.

Entry is subject to normal entry requirements.

Course Content


Year 1

Semester 7

  • Advanced Research Methods & Practice
  • Working with Families
  • Combatting Racism
  • Youth Justice

Electives :

  • Management Skills
  • Social Policy / Analysis
  • Sustainable Development
  • Community Mental Health

* Two electives must be selected from Semester 7

Semester 8

  • Dissertation
  • Power and Inequality
  • Global Development
  • Adult and Community Education

Electives :

  • Advocacy and Community Organisation
  • Alcohol and Drugs Prevention Strategies for Youth
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation

* One elective must be selected from Semester 8


Note : The choice of electives are dependent upon learner demand and resource availability and may vary from year to year.

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Students will complete a professional project practice in Year 2 and Year 3 that will allow them to use diagnostic skills and identify models and programmes that can implement change within the community.  These professional project practices will require each student to undergo the ITB Garda vetting process. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, the Institute is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake specific parts of the programmes. Without satisfactory Garda clearance, students will be unable to complete the project practice and thus will not be able to complete the programme or receive an award. All places on the social and community courses are provisional and subject to the student obtaining satisfactory Garda vetting from the Central Garda Vetting Unit. The current legal minimum age for sole application for Garda vetting is 18 years of age. In the event of an applicant being between 16 and 18 years of age, written consent is also required from a parent or guardian.

In addition to Garda vetting a medical assessment and provision of personal references may be required in regard to suitability for the professional project practice.

What our students say...

"I have chosen to do this course I have been volunteering in the area of youth and community development in my local community in Ongar, Blanchardstown for about 7 years. There have always been opening for jobs in this field which I am very passionate about but I did not have a qualification to apply for these jobs. I found the lecturers very supportive especially as I came back as a mature student. The work placements in Year 2 and Year 3 were very practical and related to the theory taught in class."

Priscilla Bress,
Community and Youth Development Student

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