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Qualification : BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH802

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 01 February 2019

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This is our four-year part-time degree in Community and Youth Work.
 
Community work involves the development and empowerment of communities, and facilitating the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively. Youth work is based on the same principles as community work but focuses on young people, and 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.
 
By taking our degree in Community and Youth Work you will be participating in a programme of professional education and training that engages you as an active participant in your learning while working in solidarity with those affected by human rights denial, poverty and inequality.
 
Choose this degree if you are interested in:
  • Professional education and training that engages you as an active participant;
  • 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 – focusing on young people (defined in Irish legislation and policy as a process of personal and social development based on voluntary participation and principles of equality and inclusiveness).
  • MH802 – 4 year: 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Block fieldwork placements must be in contrasting settings and may involve travel within Ireland. 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)

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 an MA in Community and Youth Work, an MA in Applied Social Studies and an MSocSci Social Science (Rights and Social Policy).
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 2019. See Restricted Courses for more information.
 
Mature student applicants to be at least 21 years old by 1st January 2019.

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 2019.
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 2019 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 2019.

Applications typically re-open for MH802 Community & Youth Work (part-time/in-service) through Available Places on the CAO in August 2018.
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 2019 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 2019

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 2019. 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.

 
The Maynooth Education
 
Optional Critical Skills and Electives are not available as part of this degree. Click here for details about The Maynooth Education. 
 
HEAR and DARE
 
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 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.

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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