Full time September PGDip 1 year full time
Social Work (32)

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Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of young people? Look no further than the Youth Work PGDip programme. This professionally accredited course is designed for enthusiastic individuals who want to pursue a rewarding career in youth work. With a focus on social inclusion and civic engagement, the programme prepares you for exciting opportunities in youth work and related organisations. You'll gain practical training and develop essential skills in critical policy analysis, advocacy, facilitation, and reflective practice. To be eligible, you should have a minimum 2:2 honours degree in a relevant field and at least two years of experience in youth work. Join us and become a changemaker in the lives of young people.

About the course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work is ideally suited to enthusiastic, fun-loving, critical-thinking, and creative people who are motivated to impact positively young people’s lives.

Youth work encompasses a broad and diverse range of social, cultural, educational, and political activities, which are based on young people’s voluntary participation in leisure time activities that emphasise social inclusion and support civic engagement. The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work prepares students for exciting, meaningful, and challenging careers in youth work and related organisations that aim to promote young people’s well-being and to empower young people as active, critical citizens who can contribute to positive social change at local, national, and global levels.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have achieved a minimum grade of a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree. Applicants will normally be graduates from cognate disciplines, including but not limited to Social Science, Education (incl. Sports Studies), Social Work, Early Years and Childhood Studies, Social Care, Sociology and Psychology.

In exceptional circumstances, and subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, applicants who hold a primary degree which is unrelated to youth work practice may also be considered if they can evidence a high level of relevant youth work practice-related experience.


EU Fee (Full-time): €6,140
Non EU Fee (Full-time): €17,000

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