Course Overview

This part-time certificate programme provides a high-quality youth work programme, enabling people working within the youth work sectors, whether private, voluntary or statutory, to gain additional skills and knowledge in response to the changing youth work context.

Applications and Selections

This programme will not run in semester 1, 2017/18.  Applications will be accepted in November 2017 for a semester 2 commencement date.


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is by means of a combination of written assignments, online exercises, project work and practical assignments.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

 Applicants for the course should meet the University’s requirements for mature students (see here for further details), and should have good reading and writing skills, as well as basic IT skills, as independent home study is required.

Additional Requirements


Six months, part-time

Next start date

Please contact the Course Coordinator

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Tuesday, 31st January 2017

Next start date

Please contact the Course Coordinator

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

The programme has been designed in collaboration with organisations/employers in the wider youth work sector to ensure that participants are equipped to work in a variety of settings. As a part-time programme, using blended learning methods, participants can structure their learning and study time while working in a youth work environment.

The programme is conducted on a modular basis over one year. The blended learning methods of delivery involve a combination of online, flexible and face-to-face learning provision. The programme is innovative for promoting active learning in the workplace, with assessments based on real-life situations in a youth work environment. The programme is devised on a modular, credit basis, where each module carries a specific number of credits. The Certificate in Youth Work Practice carries an overall credit weighting of 15 ECTS.

Further Education

Graduates can choose to proceed to further studies such as the Diploma in Community Development Practice and/or the BA in Community and Family Studies.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities open to graduates of the Certificate in Youth Work Practice programme as it offers a solid practical and theoretical understanding of the youth work sectors, whether private, voluntary or statutory.

Who’s Suited to This Course

This programme has been devised for:

  • People working within the youth work sectors, whether private, voluntary or statutory.
  • People with appropriate experience in youth work and who are in a position to undertake course assignments and projects relating to practical aspects of youth work.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU


Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU


A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2017_18 Fees Scholarship Form CALPD for more information.

Find out More

 Course Coordinator

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island

Tel: 091 495472


What Our Students Say


Deane Connolly |   Cert in Youth Work Practice graduate

The Level 7 cert. course was perfect for me, exactly what I needed to get back into education. It can help people from various backgrounds to take a leap back into the realm of classes/lectures in a way that is not threatening/daunting. My classmates were parents or students who had tried college but it hadn’t worked out & people who worked in the youth sector but wanted to go further. There was huge diversity which is so beneficial as you learn as much from your peers as you do from the tutors. The course workload & accessibility were very feasible. I’m 24 & had tried college before, straight from the Leaving Cert into a course that I was not passionate about. I dropped out, worked & started volunteering more in my local youth club when finally the penny dropped; this is what I wanted to do for a living. This course set me on the path. I’ve since completed it & I’m currently furthering my education with NUI Galway. The things that you learn are compelling & have a way to make a connection with something in your own life. The support you the student will have is second to none; you are not a number here, you are a person & the tutors want nothing but progression & success for you.