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Community and Youth Development


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.


These courses will prepare you to be an active, professional community leader, helping communities to help themselves. You will study a wide range of subjects applied to Community Development and Social Policy Analysis.


Graduates may seek employment in different areas of community and youth development work such as community development workers, programme
co-ordinators, project workers, facilitators, community educators, project administrators, workers in justice diversion projects, probation service, community welfare officers, school completion project workers and
co-ordinators, community health workers, information officers, community liaison officers in local authorities and evaluation & research officers etc. Graduates may also be employed in a variety of sectors working with youth,
marginalised or disadvantaged groups, ethnic minorities, social economy and 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.


Are you interested in exploring the various functions and institutions of society from a range of perspectives and do you also enjoy working with people from all walks of life? If you’re interested in social issues and social change and you’re committed to promoting social justice, equality and human rights, then this is the course for you.


By allowing students to explore and analyse social issues and social change at community, local and national level, these courses introduce them to the concept of culture and cultural diversity in the context of the community
and society. Students apply their learning in a variety of community and youth development contexts through fieldwork, which also gives them the opportunity to develop personally and professionally.

Each 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.


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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