Community and Youth Development


This programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience to work in community and youth 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.


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.


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.

Career Opportunities

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, community educators, workers in justice diversion projects, probation service, school completion project workers, information officers, community liaison officers in local authorities and evaluationa and research officers.

Graduates may also be employed in a variety of organisations working with youth, marginalised or disadvantaged groups, ethnic minorities and 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.

“I have chosen to do this course because 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 openings 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 delivery of lectures was very encouraging so doing the assignments were a lot easier and most of the lectures were ready to help with more explanations in the topics where needed.

The work placements in the second and third years were very practical and related to the theory being taught in college.

I enjoyed my college life and the experience will remain with me for the rest of life. It has been a turning point in my life. It has increased my self-worth and confidence and a lot of openings for good job is forthcoming.

Priscilla Bress
Community and Youth Development