Youthwork (Youthwork)


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Youth Work– 5M4732

Are you considering a career as a Youth worker?

 Youth workers find employment in schools, health centres, social service centres, and community or religious organisations.

 Youth workers support the personal development of young people and help them learn to be responsible young people.

 This programme is designed to facilitate the learner to explore Youth Work with a view to re-skilling/up-skilling and exploring concepts and subject areas that may interest the learner in future programmes or employment.  It will afford the learner opportunities to enhance their confidence and ability to develop the skills to reach their full potential as well as to further develop their interpersonal, team working, problem solving and time management skills, as appropriate, so that the learner is enabled to take responsibility for his/her own learning and to support progression including future participation in education and employment.

 The learner who successfully completes this programme will achieve the Level 5 Certificate in Youth Work 5M4732. The learner may then be eligible to apply to progress to the next or higher levels of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) with a higher education provider.



AwardQQI Level 5 Certificate in Youth Work – 5M4732
FormatFull-time. September 2024 to May 2025.
LocationOnsite at Mallow Campus.
TimetableHours between Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 15:30.
RequirementsNo CAO required (Leaving Cert./LCA/equivalent for under 23s). Application review discussion.
StartingClasses start the week of Monday the 16th of September 2024.
Fees or call 022-43309
ApplicationsApplications open. Places available. No deposit required to start your application.



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Career Prospects



  • Community and youth work projects. +
  • Community childcare opportunities. +
  • Intellectual disability services. +
  • Social care assistant (after further study). +
  • Voluntary organisations. +



Course Contents


QQI Component Title

Award Code


Working with People



Work Experience






Care Provision and Practice



Word Processing



Understanding Youthwork



Young People and Society



Social Studies





Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.






One year. Full-time. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. See calendar for term holidays.






50 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ to another European country for 2 weeks. Find out more and apply.



Entry Requirements



  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an application review discussion. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.








Garda Vetting



This course requires participants to be Garda vetted. Continued participation on the course and work placement is dependent on the successful completion of this process.



Work Experience



Work experience is an integral part of this course. The dates and duration will be specified by the College in September.






Graduates can progress to Social Care and Community Development in CIT, to Arts, Applied Psychology, Social Work, Youth & Community and Criminology in UCC, to Social Care in IT Tralee, to Psychology & Sociology in UL, to Social Science, Psychology and Social Care in WIT. See for further information.



A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.