Youth Activities Worker (part-time)

Certificate in Youth Work QQI Level 5 (5M4732) – 2 Years Part-time course

BTEI means Back to Education Initiative. BTEI gives those in receipt of social welfare the opportunity of returning to part time education, while retaining their benefits.
For those not in receipt of a social welfare payment there will be a course charge of €50.

This innovative two-year part time BTEI course examines the provision of youth work. It aims to give training, up-skilling and confidence to learners, enabling them to take up meaningful employment in youth services, and/or to progress to further or higher education.

The course will examine the history, policy, theory, and practice of youth work in Ireland. It will explore how young people interact with contemporary society, with a particular focus on designing and delivering meaningful and appropriate activities to diverse groups. Learners are facilitated to explore a variety of activities, including activities in their own particular areas of interest, as well as in the outdoors, to better understand the special role youth activities have in improving outcomes for young people.

The course will enable students to gain a critical awareness of the way in which youth work operates and how this can be supported through a variety of targeted activities. Learners are also enabled to reflect on their own self-awareness, their social, interpersonal and intercultural awareness, and their communication skills, all of which are central to being a role model for young people and to meeting young people where they are at.


QQI Level 5

Course Content*

  • Understanding Youth Work
  • Young People and Society
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Peer Education
  • Work Experience
  • Working with Young People
  • Adventure Activities
  • Communications

*subject to minor change

Entry Requirements*

  • A QQI Level 4 qualification
  • A minimum of 5 Pass grades in the Leaving Cert, one of which should be English
  • An overall Merit Grade in LCA.
  • All students undertaking this course are also required to meet the conditions of our Fitness to Practice policy, along with statutory Garda Vetting requirements.

To be BTEI eligible, applicants must be in receipt of or a dependent of a Social Protection payment before starting the course. Participants on CE schemes or TUS may apply also.

For those who do not meet the above requirements there will be a €50 course charge.

**Exceptions to entry requirements may be made under exceptional circumstances following discussion with the course coordinator. Exceptions can be made for mature students returning to education, and those without a formal education. However, a basic level of IT skills is required, e.g. familiarity with Microsoft Word.


Successful learners may progress on to Level 6 or Further Education.

Career Opportunities

This is an area of study that offers excellent career opportunities in Youth work.


2 years part time programme (Autumn – May)

Course Charges


*All BTEI applicants in receipt of, or a dependent of a Social Protection payment before starting the course will be eligible to have the *tuition wavered through the European Social Fund.

The aim is to give participants an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities

Participants signing on for credits, on CE schemes or TUS may apply also.

All students who present for this course will be given individual guidance by qualified tutors who are able to make recommendations as to what courses may suit their learning needs.

ALL Students must apply for Garda Clearance.

How to Apply

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Apply by selecting ‘Department Choice 1’ → ‘BTEI Courses’ and ‘Course Choice 1’ → ‘Youth Activities Worker (BTEI part time course)’

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