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Youth Work

Course Description

This exciting one year course is designed to provide a programme of education for people seeking initial training in youth work and community work and those with some experience who wish to undertake structured training to develop and consolidate their skills.  An interesting feature of this programme is its variety of workshops.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Communications
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Substance Use - Issues for Youth Work
  • Understanding Youth Work
  • Work Experience
  • Working with Young People
  • Young People and Society

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Work Experience

Work experience forms an integral part of this KCFE programme.  Students participate in quality placements allowing a valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in industry.  Links made with employers during work experience often result in employment.

Career Opportunities

This programme equips graduates with the basic skills needed to work in the youth work sector.

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education Students may apply to the Advanced Social Care with Counselling Services in KCFE.

They will have a solid knowledge base for further studies at degree level in many vocational areas within the caring professions.

Graduates of this programme are eligible to apply for a place on a variety of degree courses in various Institutes of Technologies and Universities.

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


Students who complete the course successfully qualify for:

  • QQI Level 5 award in Youth Work - 5M4732


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