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Course Details

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Community and Youth Development

CAO code: BN115 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • Special circumstances
  • QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates


Duration: 4 years
NFQ level: 8
Method of application: CAO
2018 Points: 250
Award title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6; 60 @ NFQ Level 7; 60 @ NFQ Level 8
Awarding Body: ITB  


Note : This course was formerly known as Social and Community Development. The programme title was recently changed to Community and Youth Development following Programmatic Review.


Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate applicants will require a H5 in any two higher level subjects and a 06/H7 in four other subjects, these subjects must include Maths and English or Irish.

Foundation level mathematics will meet the minimum entry requirement where a grade F2 or higher is achieved.

Mature students may be admitted without meeting these formal minimum requirements.

Minimum entry requirements for QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates, see



Students will complete a Fieldwork module 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.  The Fieldwork module 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.


Course Content

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Sociology
  • Introduction to Culture
  • Principles of Community Development
  • Skills for Success in Higher Education
  • Law Crime and Community
Semester 2
  • Irish Culture and Society
  • Social Policy
  • Introduction to Addictive Behaviours
  • Group Dynamics and Development
  • Community Arts
  • Community and Youth Development Practice 1


Year 2
Semester 3
  • Psychological Perspectives on Development
  • Introduction to Youth Work
  • Communicating Across Language Barriers
  • Fieldwork Preparation
  • Substance Use and Addictive Behaviours within Youth Cultures
  • Sociology of Education
Semester 4
  • Fieldwork
  • Fieldwork Portfolio
Year 3

Semester 5

  • Principles of Human Rights
  • Research Methods and Practice
  • Social Psychology
  • Advanced Community & Youth Development Practice
  • Social Entrepreneurship / Funding

Electives :

  • Language, Culture & Identity
  • Community Response to Drug Use
  • European Studies

*One elective must be selected from Semester 5

Semester 6

  • Advanced Fieldwork
  • Advanced Fieldwork Portfolio
  • Skills for Professional Practice
Year 4

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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What our students say...

Priscilla Bress

"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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