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Community and Youth Development


Note :

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



This programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience to work in community and youth development work settings. Through a combination of classroom based learning and fieldwork placements students will develop knowledge of the methods and approaches used in
community, youth and related settings. These methods are used to work effectively with diverse groups in the community and to support positive social change.


If you are interested in working with communities, fostering growth in community cohesion, social inclusion and activation and/or are interested in young people and the issues that challenge them in society. Maybe you are interested in fostering integration and the development of youth in Ireland or perhaps in an international setting. If so, this programme may be a step towards the realisation of this goal and understanding society and community.



This programme is focused on society, community and youth. It combines theory with practical experience in the field. In addition to theory informed by our experienced learning team students will experience the diversity of community development and youth work through two placements in community and/or work settings. Students are supervised throughout placement by experienced practitioners in the field as well as being given on-going support from an allocated college academic supervisor.



Students spend two semesters on fieldwork placement which provides the
opportunity to develop practice skills and gain knowledge and experience
in community and youth work settings. Placement is an opportunity to
develop practical skills and experience the application of theory in real life
The course provides an inclusive learning environment where every
person is valued and respected allowing them to develop an
awareness of how to influence and change issues of concern to them.

The programme has been professionally endorsed by the All Ireland
Endorsement Body (AIEB) for Community Work Education and



On successful completion of this programme, graduates are equipped to seek employment in different areas of community development and youth work. Graduates can look forward to careers as community development workers, youth workers, programme co-ordinators, project workers, community educators, workers in justice diversion projects, probation service, school completion project workers and co-ordinators, information officers, community liaison officers in local authorities and evaluation and research officers. Graduates may also be employed in a variety of organisations working with youth, marginalised or disadvantaged groups, ethnic minorities, social economy enterprise projects. On completion of the programme graduates may gain employment in voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations or work with charities or non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) at a national or international level.


Garda Vetting Requirements

In addition to the choices above, 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 programme. 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 development 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. 


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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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