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Qualification : BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE DEGREE

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH116

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 01 February 2018

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This is our three-year full-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).
A year of study is 60 credits.
  • A range of topics relating to community and youth work are studied in all 3 years of the programme. Supervised fieldwork in both community work and youth work is essential for all students.
  • Block fieldwork placement (14 weeks full-time) in each year of the programme. The 3 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.
Students may apply to study overseas after 2nd year (on Erasmus or Study Abroad) and graduate with a BA (International) after 4 years. See the International Studies website for details.
Course Duration: 3 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

Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. See Restricted Courses for more information.
 
Applicants to be at least 23 years old by 1st January 2018. Applicants for 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. On the basis of this application, applicants 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 National Vetting Bureau.

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.

 

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 2017. 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 2017. See Restricted Courses for more information.
 
All applicants for MH116 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.
Any offer of a place on this programme is subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.
 
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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.
 

 

Restricted application course – apply to the CAO by February 1st 2017. See Restricted Courses for more information.

All applicants for MH116 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.

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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