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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
  • FETAC graduates


Duration: 4 years
NFQ level: 8
Method of application: CAO
2014 Points: 280
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

The minimum entry requirements for standard entrants are a pass in six subjects with two higher C3 grades and four ordinary D3 grades, including Mathematics and either English or Irish. Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Foundation Level (at grade B2 or higher) counts as a subject towards the six passes. The points awarded for Foundation Level Mathematics (at grade B2 or higher) are as follows:

A1 = 20 points A2 = 15 points
B1 = 10 points B2 = 5 points

A grade E in Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Higher Level counts as a subject towards the five passes, however no points will be awarded for this grade.

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

The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC Level 5 or 6 awards is any full award in a course in a cognate area and including a distinction grade in at least 3 modules.

The following FETAC courses are recognised as suitable progression to this course

DCHSC, 5M2009, DCHSX, 5M4468,DCHCC, 5M2786, DCHSN, 5M4349, DCXXX, 5M2564,EASSX, 5M2181, EYXXX, 5M4732, 6M3674, ECDXX, 6M2218, ECDEV, 5M3050.



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
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Sociology
  • Introduction to Culture
  • Principles of Community Development
  • Communication and the Learning Environment
  • Law Crime and Community
Semester 2
  • Irish Culture and Society
  • Social Policy
  • Introduction to Addictive Behaviours
  • Group Dynamics and Development
  • Community Arts
  • Community Development Practice 1


Year 2
Semester 3
  • Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Youth Work
  • Communicating Across Language Barriers
  • Community Response to Drug Use 1
  • Community Development Practice 2
  • Sociology of Education


Semester 4
  • Fieldwork 1
  • Fieldwork Portfolio 1
Year 3

Semester 5


  • Principles of Human Rights
  • Research Methods and Practice
  • Language, Culture and Identity
  • Community Development Practice 3
  • Social Entrepreneurship / Funding

Electives :

  • Applied Psychology
  • Community Response to Drug Use 2
  • European Studies
  • Law Crime and Community

*One elective must be selected from Semester 5

Semester 6


  • Fieldwork 2
  • Fieldwork Portfolio 2
  • Skills for Professional Practice
Year 4

Semester 7


  • Advanced Research Methods & Practice
  • Management Skills
  • Combatting Racism
  • Professional Practice : The Reflective Practitioner

Electives :

  • 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
  • Drug Prevention Strategies
  • 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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