Youth Leadership and Community Action (Foundation Cert)

Course overview

The Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action is a one-year part-time course designed to enable young people to develop vision, confidence, life skills and general capacity to be effective leaders. The programme sets out to empower young people to make a positive difference to their community through practical actions and projects. Throughout the course of the programme, young people learn the core concepts of leadership and gain skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, self-awareness etc. The programme recognises the innate leadership capabilities and potential in young people and gives them an opportunity to develop their skills and attributes in a fun and encouraging environment.

This programme has been developed as a lifelong learning initiative through a partnership between Foróigeand the UNESCO Chair for Children, Youth and Civic Engagement at the Child and Family Research Centre,  NUI Galway. It is accredited by NUI Galway as a Foundation Course at Level 6 on NFQ scale.

Key facts

Entry requirements

  • The programme is for young people aged 15-18 who have demonstrated good leadership abilities and aspire to being leaders in the future

  • Participants must have an active interest in youth and community affairs

  • Participants must be 16 years of age on completion of the certificate

Duration: One-year part-time, 90 hours of instruction and project work.

Next start date: September 2013.

ECTS weighting: 15

Average intake: 100 students

Closing date: Please contact programme coordinator for information.

NFQ level: 6

Mode of study: Group work and individual reflection, as well as practical projects undertaken in Foróige clubs.

Course outline

Module 1: Youth Leadership (30 hours; 5 ECTS Credits)

The youth leadership module facilitates participants through group work to develop an awareness of their own leadership style, identify goals and vision for the future, develop their communication and life skills, enhance their critical thinking and problem solving abilities and reflect on their learning.

Module 1 entails 15 hours taught & 15 hours independent study in the form of personal reflection,
completion of presentation and workbook.


Module 2: Leadership and Community Action (30 hours; 5 ECTS Credits)

This module enables participants to critique different leadership styles, enhance their knowledge of community needs, develop their project planning, development and evaluation skills, collaborate within team projects, enhance their communication skills and explore global issues.

Module 2 entails 15 hours taught & 15 hours independent study in the form of a group project and personal reflection, completion of group project and workbook.


Module 3: Project Work (30 hours; 5 ECTS Credits)

This module enables participants to put into practice their learning from the previous modules by actively engaging in a community project of their choice and presenting a portfolio on completion.

Module 3 entails 20 hours independent community action project & 10 hours group and individual reflection, completion of portfolio.

Applications and selections

There are no special educational requirements for entry to the course. Selection of the students will be made following the completion of an online application form. 


To apply, please follow the live online application system here

For any queries relating to the application process, please contact:

Ms. Maria McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway

Tel: 091 492144


Requirements and assessment

Students will be examined by means of continuous assessment under the academic supervision of the course director, UNESCO Chair, Professor Pat Dolan at the Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway. A pass mark of at least 40% on all three modules is needed for completion.

Find out more

For any queries relating to the programme, please contact:


Ms. Isobel Phillips (Programme Coordinator)

Best Practice Unit


Invent, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Tel: 01 700 7431 / 086 780 9114


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €300 administrative fee, payable through Foróige

Past student

Testimonial from a past student

“Before taking part in the leadership programme, I would often feel like I was carrying the weight of the world. I didn’t have the confidence to express myself fully and I would always try to take everything on myself without asking for help. Throughout my leadership journey I have learnt so much about myself. I have grown into an extremely outgoing person, have created friendships from across the globe and learned that leading as part of a team is much more effective and powerful often, than trying to do everything myself.”