Diploma in Community Development Practice / Certificate in Community Development Practice


Course overview

The Certificate/Diploma in Community Development Practice are part-time programmes, designed to enable community activists gain a thorough understanding of community development combined with the practical skills necessary to work effectively in development work.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Candidates must have experience of working in a community or voluntary organisation. There are no special educational requirements for entry to Certificate or Diploma programmes. Numbers accepted on these programmes are limited. Students are required to complete the programme application form in addition to attending an informal interview.


All applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. Please see this page for further information: http://www.nuigalway.ie/international-students/englishlanguagerequirements/

Duration: 8 months, part-time (Certificate); 1 academic year, part-time (Diploma)

Next start date: Contact the programme co-ordinator for details, see below.

ECTS weighting: 15 (Certificate); 30 (Diploma)

Average intake: 25 for each programme.

Closing date: Applications have now closed for 2013-2014.

NFQ level: 7

Mode of study: Classroom-based.

Course outline

Students completing the Certificate programme study three modules which involve a minimum of 120 hours of instruction and assignments.

Modules:

  • Community Development Theory and Practice
  • Social Analysis 
  • Communication, Group Work and Leadership Skills

 

Students completing the Diploma programme study six modules and complete a project. The Diploma course involves a minimum of 240 hours of instruction and project work.

Modules:

  • Community Development Theory and Practice
  • Communication, Group Work and Leadership Skills
  • Research Techniques
  • Social Analysis
  • Public Policy
  • Project Planning, Development and Evaluation

 

A number of special interest workshops and field trips will be organised during each course throughout the year, reflecting the needs and interests of the course participants. These visits to other community development projects will give participants opportunities to make contact with the practice of community development in other locations.

Applications and selections

Applications have now closed for the 2013-2014 Diploma in Community Development Practice.

 

Students are required to complete the programme application form in addition to attending an informal interview. All applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. Please see this webpage for further information: http://www.nuigalway.ie/international-students/englishlanguagerequirements/

 

A 50% reduction in fees will be available to those in receipt of the following: Job Seekers Benefit / Job Seekers Allowance / C.E. Scheme / Tús Scheme / One-Parent Family Payment (all subject to submission of relevant documentation in support of same). Please print and complete this form: Dip CDP 2013-2014 Fee Scholarship Application Form

Requirements and assessment

Class sessions for both programmes are normally held on one evening/morning each week throughout the academic year as well as special weekend seminars and workshops, which are arranged in consultation with the class members.

 

Each aspect of the course will be monitored by the Course Director and course tutors who are based locally. A system of support for course work and projects is provided to participants by experienced, locally based practitioners and development workers.  Participants’ work will be examined by means of continuous assessment. Participants will be required to reach a pass standard in each assignment.

 

Students on the Diploma programme will be required to work on a specific practical project on behalf of the community of which they are a member. Students will be assigned a project advisor who will assist them directly with this project work. These projects will provide a valuable opportunity for the transfer of skills to groups in relation to planning local develop­ment projects. They will also facilitate the involvement of other members of community organisations in the activities of the Diploma programme.

Find out more

Programme Administrator, Community Education

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway, Nuns' Island

Galway


T: 091 495241  
E: community.ed@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/adulteducation

Fees for this course

Certificate Programme:  EU Fee €300 p.a. 2013/14.

Diploma Programme:  EU Fee €600 p.a. 2013/14.

Past students

Tony Hogan

“As I work part-time and also volunteer at a Youth Café, I thought this course would help me in my daily activities. As the course progressed, I realised that I would really like to do community work full time, and that this course suited me ideally. I find the workshops and modules easy to understand, and the tutors more than helpful. As I have never attended Third Level education, this is a great way for me to achieve a level of education that, previously, I could only aspire to. I would highly recommend this course to anybody involved or interested in community development”

Olivia Harrington

"...The reasons I chose the course in Community Development Practice is because I have an interest in working with people and have been volunteering with a few charities and wanted to develop my skills in this area. As it had been over 10 years since I did any formal study, I was apprehensive about going back to college but the learning style of the course suited me and I found the tutors excellent and very supportive. I’m now continuing my studies in the BA Programme in Community and Family Studies. The course gave me great confidence and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in community work..."

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