Youth Work (with SNA)

Course Aim

Studying Youth Work is ideally suited to enthusiastic, fun-loving, critical-thinking, and creative people who are motivated to impact positively in young people’s lives. Youth Work encompasses a broad and diverse range of social, cultural, educational and political activities, which are based on young people’s voluntary participation in leisure time activities that emphasise social inclusion and support civic engagement.


Course Modules

  • Understanding Youth Work
  • Working with Young People
  • Community Addition Studies
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Young People in Society
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  • First Aid
  • Work Experience



5M4732 QQI Level 5 Youth Work


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Higher Education

DkIT | Social Care | Level 8
Maynooth University | Social Science | Level 7
NUI Galway | Community, Youth and Family Studies | Level 8
DkIT | Community Youth Work | Level 7
UCD | Psychology/Social Policy & Sociology | Level 8
Athlone IT | Social Care Practice | Level 8


Career Opportunities & Progression Routes

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Youth Work Leader | Special Needs Assistant | Community Support Worker | Afterschool Coordinator | Youth and Community Organisers | Social Care Assistant | Residential Social Carer


The modules I enjoyed the most were Psychology and Understanding Youth Work. The teachers really invest time with the students and they are friendly and helpful, making the course a positive learning experience. I met some really great people with a shared interest and made friends for life while confirming my career area. 

Saoirse Parry
Saoirse Parry
Youth Work Graduate, 2018

Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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