This is a restricted application course meaning you must apply to the CAO before February 1 2015.

Community work is concerned with the development and empowerment of communities, through facilitating the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively. It can be done in a variety of contexts: in neighbourhoods, with specific groups as well as with partnership groups, local authorities and state agencies.
Youth work is defined in Irish legislation as a ‘planned programme of education designed for the purpose of aiding and enhancing the personal and social development of young persons through their voluntary participation’, and it is intended to be complementary to young people’s formal and vocational education and training.
The BA in Community and Youth Work is a fully integrated programme of education and training in both community and youth work and may be pursued as a full time option MH116 or on a part time basis MH802 (MH802 requires flexible participation). Supervised fieldwork practice is an essential element of coursework at each level.
To be eligible to apply for the part time option, applicants must have relevant and verifiable experience and be currently employed in youth work and/or community work.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes D3 D3
English Yes D3 D3
Language Yes D3 D3
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Irish is not required for international and EU/EFTA applicants. International applicants should contact our International Office. EU/EFTA applicants should review EU/EFTA qualifications to determine entry requirements from their country.

Mature Students

Apply to the CAO before 1st February. 

Admission is based on your application and/or interview.

Candidates are asked to submit personal statements and references in March before being shortlisted for written test and interview.

Mature student 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 1 March 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 take a look around the Access Office website.

The closing date for mature applications is February 1.

Additional Information

This is a restricted application course meaning you must apply to the CAO before February 1 2015. 

Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate with two Higher Level papers at C3 and four Ordinary or Higher Level papers at grade D3.

Applicants for MH116/MH802 are required to submit

  • a personal statement outlining their reasons for wanting to do this course (in no more than 350 words)
  • two written references
  • information on work experience.  

On the basis of this application, prospective students will be selected to attend for a written test and individual and group interview at a later date (usually from April onwards).

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 Garda Vetting Unit.

Note 3: MH802 will run in September 2015 subject to sufficient numbers.

Department People

Course Structure

Course Structure

Specialised degree in Community and Youth Work (fulltime): A range of topics relating to community and youth work are studied in all three years of the programme. Supervised fieldwork in both community work and youth work is an essential element of coursework at each level. Students are required to complete 14 weeks full-time field work in contrasting settings. This may involve travel within Ireland, and international fieldwork placements are also considered provided the student has the requisite experience and aptitude, and that suitable supervised fieldwork opportunities are available.

Course Duration: 4 years (BA)

Career Options

Career Options

Graduates of the BA in Community and Youth Work will be 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 (women, Travellers, new communities) or issues (unemployment, migrant rights, drugs, poverty).

Community and youth work approaches are increasingly used in related areas (local economic development, youth justice, health promotion, participatory arts) and positions of leadership and management are increasingly open to graduates with relevant experience.

A degree in Community and Youth Work can also be a good foundation for any job that requires social awareness, sound analytical skills and the ability to plan, organise and work closely with others.

How to Apply

How to Apply

How to Apply

We welcome over 2,000 undergraduate students to our University each year:

School-leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate

Mature students returning to education

EU/EFTA students who want to study in Ireland

International students from countries outside the EU

FETAC or BTEC major award recipients.

The application process to our undergraduate degree programmes depends on the category to which you belong. Please visit "How to Apply" for further details.

If you are unsure about anything, just contact us. We are happy to help.

Contact us about this course

Maynooth University Department of Applied Social Studies

Tel: 01 708 3743 /3744 /4574

Fax: 01 708 4708