Course Overview

The Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action is a one-year part-time course designed to enable young people to develop vision, confidence, life skills and general capacity to be effective leaders. The programme sets out to empower young people to make a positive difference to their community through practical actions and projects. Throughout the course of the programme, young people learn the core concepts of leadership and gain skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, self-awareness etc. The programme recognises the innate leadership capabilities and potential in young people and gives them an opportunity to develop their skills and attributes in a fun and encouraging environment.

This programme has been developed as a lifelong learning initiative through a partnership between Foróige and the UNESCO Chair for Children, Youth and Civic Engagement at the Child and Family Research Centre,  University of Galway. It is accredited by University of  Galway as a Foundation Course at Level 6 on NFQ scale.

Applications and Selections

Application information is available from the Foróige website.


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Students will be examined by means of continuous assessment under the academic supervision of the course director, UNESCO Chair, Professor Pat Dolan at the Child and Family Research Centre, University of Galway. A pass mark of at least 40% on all three modules is needed for completion.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

  • The programme is for young people aged 15-18 who have demonstrated good leadership abilities and aspire to being leaders in the future
  • Participants must have an active interest in youth and community affairs
  • Participants must be 16 years of age on completion of the certificate

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


1 year part-time, 90 hours of instruction and project work.

Next start date


A Level Grades ()

Average intake

100 students

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

31st August

NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended Learning

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

Module 1: Youth Leadership (30 hours; 5 ECTS Credits)
The youth leadership module facilitates participants through group work to develop an awareness of their own leadership style, identify goals and vision for the future, develop their communication and life skills, enhance their critical thinking and problem solving abilities and reflect on their learning.

Module 1 entails 15 hours taught & 15 hours independent study in the form of personal reflection, completion of presentation and workbook.

Module 2: Leadership and Community Action (30 hours; 5 ECTS Credits)
This module enables participants to critique different leadership styles, enhance their knowledge of community needs, develop their project planning, development and evaluation skills, collaborate within team projects, enhance their communication skills and explore global issues.

Module 2 entails 15 hours taught & 15 hours independent study in the form of a group project and personal reflection, completion of group project and workbook.

Module 3: Project Work (30 hours; 5 ECTS Credits)
This module enables participants to put into practice their learning from the previous modules by actively engaging in a community project of their choice and presenting a portfolio on completion.

Module 3 entails 20 hours independent community action project & 10 hours group and individual reflection, completion of portfolio.

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Career Opportunities

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Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€200 administrative fee, payable through Foróige

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

For any queries relating to the programme, please contact:

Bryan Gavin
SYO Foróige Leadership Programme,
Block 12D, Joyce Way, Park West, Dublin 12, D12 Y0A6
Tel: 01 6301717 / 086 8519639