BA COMMUNITY AND YOUTH WORK PART TIME

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)
MH802

Overview

Overview

Places are available on this course via the CAO's Available Places. To find out more about applying (eligibility and assessment) email hilary.tierney@nuim.ie

This is a restricted applications course meaning you must apply to the CAO before February 1 2016. All candidates are asked to submit personal statements and references in March before being shortlisted foe written test and interview. See Restricted Courses for more information.

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.
 
Choose this option if you are interested in
  • participating in a programme of professional education and training that engages you as an active participant in your learning;
  • working in solidarity with those affected by human rights denial, poverty and inequality;
  • community work - the development and empowerment of communities, and facilitating the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively;
  • youth work - 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’- intended to be complementary to young people’s formal and vocational education and training.

 

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 2016. Restricted application degree.

Admission is based on your application and/or interview. Applicants to be at least 23 years old by 1st January 2016.

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 visit the Access Office website.

Candidates with a Disability

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (dyslexia) and require examination support for the written tests please submit your supporting documentation to the Disability Officer (telephone 01-708 6341), by 1st March each year.  Please see the Access Office webpages at http://access.nuim.ie/index.php

Unfortunately we will be unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after the deadline. You can find further information on the supporting documentation required and examination and other supports available at http://access.nuim.ie/disability/prospective-students.

 

Apply to the CAO before 1st February 2016. Restricted application degree. Applicants to be at least 23 years old by 1st January 2016.

Additional Information

Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate including 2HC3 and 4OD3/4HD3 which must include Irish, English and a third language.

This is a restricted application course meaning you must apply to the CAO before February 1 2016. 

All 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 (part-time option) will run in September 2016 subject to sufficient numbers.

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Department People

Course Structure

Course Structure

A range of topics relating to community and youth work are studied in all four years. In-service students must be available for the equivalent of 1.5 days per week for tuition on campus during semester, as well as periods of study at summer schools (dates are set at the commencement of each year). Supervised fieldwork in both community work and youth work is an essential element of coursework at each level.

For in-service students, the existing place of employment will provide the basis for most but not all such fieldwork practice. Students are required to undertake fieldwork 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 fieldwork opportunities are available.

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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

Contact us about this course

Maynooth University Department of Applied Social Studies

Laraghbryan House, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

T: +353 1 708 3743/3744 /4574

E: appliedsocialstudies@nuim.ie