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Maynooth University Department of Applied Social Studies

Qualification : BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH802

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 01 February 2020

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Community Work is the development and empowerment of communities, through the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively; Youth Work is defined in Irish legislation and policy as a process of personal and social development based on voluntary participation and principles of equality and inclusiveness.
This is a part-time, level 8 honours degree in Community and Youth Work - equivalent of 1.5 days per week tuition on campus plus summer schools; two periods of block fieldwork placement (dates set at commencement of programme).
A range of topics relating to community and youth work are studied in all 4 years of the programme. Supervised fieldwork in both community work and youth work is essential for all students.
As this is an in-service programme, all applicants must be currently employed in youth work and/or community work, and have written agreement from their employer to facilitate participation in the programme.
Professional education and training that engages learners as active participants.
 
Why choose this degree?
  • You will work in solidarity with those affected by human rights denial, poverty and inequality.
  • The Department of Applied Social Studies (DAPPSS) is the longest established provider of professional education and training in youth work and community work in the country.
  • This degree programme combines theoretical education and practice experience, creating a learning environment which both challenges you and fosters your development.
Both MH116 (full-time) and MH802 (part-time) combine on-campus study of a range of topics relevant to community and youth work with off-campus supervised fieldwork practice. Supervised fieldwork in both community work and youth work is essential for all students.
 
MH802 – 4 year:
Part-time students complete all modules over four years studying alongside full-time students. Flexibility is required and an individual timetable is negotiated at the beginning of each year.
Course Duration: 4 years (BA)

Graduates are equipped to take up professional employment in a range of community and youth work organisations and
agencies – community development projects, local, urban and rural development groups, community youth projects, neighbourhood youth projects and local youth services, as well as organisations concerned with particular groups (e.g. women, Travellers, new communities) or issues (e.g. unemployment,
migrant rights, drugs, poverty).
Postgraduate options in the Department include the MA in Applied Social Studies and the MSocSc (Rights and Social Policy).
Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language Yes O6 H7
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.
Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st 2021. See Restricted Courses for more information.
The Department of Applied Social Studies writes to applicants for MH116 and MH802 in mid-March inviting them to attend a written assessment in Maynooth University in March 2021.

Applicants will also be asked to bring the following on the day of the written assessment:
1.    A personal statement (max 350 words) which addresses:

  • Why you are applying for this programme
  • Outlining your personal understanding of community work and youth work
  • Why you think you would make a good community worker and/or youth worker?

2.    References (two written references from work or voluntary experience or other involvement)

Only candidates shortlisted after the written assessment and submission of personal statement / references will be invited to attend group and individual interviews which typically take place in April. 

As this is an in-service programme, all applicants must be currently employed in youth work and/or community work, and have written agreement from their employer to facilitate participation in the programme. On the basis of the written application, candidates will be selected to attend for a written test and individual and group interview at a later date (usually from April onwards).
 
Note 1: Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.
Note 2: Please note that MH802 will run in September 2021 subject to sufficient numbers. 
 
At interview stage applicants for the part-time degree (MH802) will be asked to provide employer's consent forms.

Preliminary offers pending matriculation results and completion of all procedures, including vetting by the National Vetting Bureau as per the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016, will be made in late May 2021.

Applications typically re-open for MH802 Community & Youth Work (part-time/in-service) through Available Places on the CAO in August 2020.
Please contact the Department of Applied Social Studies at 01-708 3743 / 01-708 4574 or email appliedsocialstudies@mu.ie for further information.

Mature applicants who have a disability

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2021 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2021

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, 3rd language. Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st 2021. Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st. See Restricted Courses for more information.

As this is a restricted course on the CAO, all applicants to MH116 will be requested to submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for wanting to do this course (in no more than 350 words), two written references and information on work experience.
Applicants are invited to attend for a written test in March. Shortlisted applicants are invited to an individual and a group interview in April. All applicants must have relevant and verifiable experience in youth work and/or community work.
Note 1: 50% of places are reserved for appropriately experienced mature students. Note 2: Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

Applicants are asked to bring the following with them on the day of the written assessment:

  • A personal statement (max 350 words) which addresses :

        Why you are applying for this programme
        Outlining your personal understanding of community work and youth work
        Why you think you would make a good community worker or youth worker?

  • References (two written references from work or voluntary experience or other involvement)

Only candidates shortlisted after the written assessment and submission of personal statement / references will be invited to attend group and individual interviews which typically take place in April.

At interview stage applicants for the part-time degree (MH802) will be asked to provide employer's consent forms.

Preliminary offers pending matriculation results and completion of all procedures, including vetting by the National Vetting Bureau as per the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016, are typically made in late May.

Applications typically re-open for MH802 Community & Youth Work (part-time/in-service) through Available Places on the CAO in August.

Please contact the Department of Applied Social Studies at 01-708 3743 / 01-708 4574 or email appliedsocialstudies@mu.ie for further information
Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

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DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, 3rd language. Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st. See Restricted Courses for more information.

As this is a restricted course on the CAO, all applicants to MH802 will be requested to submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for wanting to do this course (in no more than 350 words), two written references and information on work experience.
Applicants are invited to attend for a written test in March. Shortlisted applicants are invited to an individual and a group interview in April. All applicants must have relevant and verifiable experience in youth work and/or community work.
Note 1: 50% of places are reserved for appropriately experienced mature students.

Note 2: Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

Applicants are asked to bring the following with them on the day of the written assessment:

  • A personal statement (max 350 words) which addresses :

        Why you are applying for this programme
        Outlining your personal understanding of community work and youth work
        Why you think you would make a good community worker or youth worker?

  • References (two written references from work or voluntary experience or other involvement)

Only candidates shortlisted after the written assessment and submission of personal statement / references will be invited to attend group and individual interviews which typically take place in April.

At interview stage applicants for the part-time degree (MH802) will be asked to provide employer's consent forms.

Preliminary offers pending matriculation results and completion of all procedures, including vetting by the National Vetting Bureau as per the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016, are typically made in late May.

Applications typically re-open for MH802 Community & Youth Work (part-time/in-service) through Available Places on the CAO in August.

Please contact the Department of Applied Social Studies at 01-708 3743 / 01-708 4574 or email appliedsocialstudies@mu.ie for further information
Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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