Youth Activities Worker

QQI Award Youth Work (Level 5 – 5M4732)

This is a one year QQI Level 5 course which examines the theory and practice of youth work. The wide range of modules offered enables students to gain a critical awareness of the way in which Youth Work operates.  Learners are also enabled to improve their communication skills, self-awareness, critical reflection and interpersonal skills, all of which are central to working in youth work. This course also includes qualifications for the Outdoor Education Industry namely Lowland Leader Award and Rock Climbing

Students will engage in supervised work experience over the year which provides practical knowledge, skills and competence for the field of Youth Work.

Career Opportunities

Youth Work involves working with marginalised or disadvantaged young people in a caring, compassionate way. There are a wide range of career options in youth work including:
Youth and community work, working with young offenders, the probation service, working with disadvantaged children, working with young people with physical or intellectual disabilities, drug/alcohol dependency, asylum seekers/refugees etc.

Entry Requirements

Five passes in Leaving Certificate (one of which should be a 05/C3 in ordinary level English) or a merit in Leaving Certificate Applied.
Mature applicants (21+) who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered.

Course Content

Year 1 – (QQI Level 5) 5M4732

Understanding Youthwork, Working with Young People, Young People and Society, Communications, Work Experience, Peer Education,  Adventure Activities, Mountain Skills, Single Pitch Rock Climbing, Orienteering, First Aid Response

Modules may be subject to change

College Links / Progression

Graduates from this course may gain entry to Social Care Level 6 or HND Outdoor Adventure Management in CDCFE(subject to certain criteria). Students can use this major award (5M4732) to apply to colleges through the CAO. See the list of colleges accepting this award as an entry requirement here.

Course Charges


*includes 200 Govt. charge