Course Overview

This part-time Diploma course provides a high-quality youth work programme, enabling people working within the youth work sectors, whether private, voluntary or statutory, to gain additional skills and knowledge in response to the changing youth work context.

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

The classes will be delivered via blended learning including a series of monthly workshops on Saturdays throughout the academic year September to May. The specific timetable for the academic year 2021-22 will be issued to all applicants in due course.

Applications and Selections

Applications are now closed for the academic year 2022/23.  The next intake for this course will be in April 2023.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Applications System. This course is listed under Adult Learning & CPD Courses Application.

Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

The Diploma course involves a minimum of 270 hours of instruction and project work.

Participants will submit assignments for each module (including a profile and a project) and will be required to reach a pass standard in all relevant coursework. Each aspect of the course will be monitored by the programme board and will be delivered by course tutors who are based locally.

*To be considered as an adult student and therefore eligible to participate on these courses which are under the remit of the NUI Galway Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development, an applicant must have reached 21 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry. 


Key Facts

Entry Requirements

There are no special educational requirements for entry to this course. However, candidates that have experience of working and/or volunteering in a youth, community or voluntary organisation will benefit from this programme of study. The course will be delivered on campus in NUI Galway, so applications are welcome from all potential applicants once the entry age criteria has been achieved*. Informal interviews may be scheduled if the course is oversubscribed.  

*To be considered as an adult student and therefore eligible to participate on these courses which are under the remit of the NUI Galway Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development, an applicant must have reached 21 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry. 

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

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A Level Grades ()

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QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

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Mode of study

Blended Learning

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Course code

Course Outline


  • SP127 Understanding Communities (10 ECTS)
    This module seeks to provide an understanding of the main themes and initiatives that characterise community development. The key principles of community development theory and their application to various types of community setting are explored. It also aims to provide participants with the practical skills and training necessary to enable them to work effectively with communities.
  • SP147 Youth & Society (5 ECTS) 
    This module focuses on the life-stage of young person’s popularly and universally referred to as youth. Youth are duly recognized as a group who hold potential for great prospects in their personal and public lives. This life-stage development differs for all youth. Race, class, religion, gender and disability are dominant factors impacting on their life chances, educational experiences, vocational choices and potential. The critical debates around the reciprocity of youth and society are, therefore, located within the constitution of the family and the contexts of community and society.
  • SP1123 Group Work and Community Leadership (10 ECTS)
    is module examines the theory and practice of group work and community leadership. It considers group dynamics, communication in groups, effective group processes, conflict management and practical facilitation skills. It also outlines theories on leadership and how community leadership can be developed and supported.
  • SP1113 Social Research Skills (5 ECTS)
    This module comprises of an introductory under-graduate course on the theory and practice of social research. Research is essentially about collecting information in a methodical way in order to answer a question or test out a theory. The module focuses on how social research can play a vital role in community, youth and family work.

See 2021/21 CP11 Timetable for this years module dates.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The course offers a number career options to learners who have completed the course. These include:

  • Youth Worker in a variety of youth work settings
  • Community Education Tutor
  • Community Development Worker
  • Youth Advocacy Worker

A further progression option for graduates to consider includes:

BA in Community, Youth and Family Studies - Level 8 (part-time)          


Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€800 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€730 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€70 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€1,300 2022/23

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2022_23 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Course Administrator
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 495241
For any academic (course content) queries, please contact:
Dr. Helen Casey
Tel: 091 493110
Dr. Deirdre Hardiman
Tel: 091 495203


  • University of Galway Undergraduate Prospectus 2023

    University of Galway Undergraduate Prospectus 2023 PDF (8.4 MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2023

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2023 PDF (20.6MB)

  • Adult Learning Prospectus

    Adult Learning Prospectus PDF (2.7 MB)

  • Junior Prospectus 2019

    Junior Prospectus 2019 PDF (20.8 MB)

  • QQI / FETAC Pathways Guide

    QQI / FETAC Pathways Guide PDF (45MB)