Have you an interest in and an aptitude for in working with young people? Learn about all of the pertinent challenges and issues that face young people on this full time course which will equip you with knowledge skills and confidence to work in a variety of settings.
The course runs for 1 academic year. Youthwork is a full time programme which runs from early September to mid May. Timetables vary from year to year.
QQI Level 5 Certificate in Youthwork 5M4732
QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)
€500 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €250)
- Understanding Youthwork 5N1366 – Identify, explore and reflect on the nature of youth work. Become familiar with various youth work organisations and be able to identify and reflect on different approaches of different organisations. Explore current issues in youth work and critically reflect on the values underpinning youth work.
- Working with Young People 5N1384 – Explore ways of relating to young people in community settings by developing an understanding of group work. Develop skills in organising and reviewing youth work activities. Reflect on your abilities and aptitude in youth work. Demonstrate good practice in working in youth work settings and outline the role of supervision.
- Young People and Society 5N2002 – Look at key issues relevant to young people. Explore factors which influence and shape youth culture and sub culture both locally and globally. Familiarise yourself with a range of service provision for young people and explore and evaluate youth work provision
- Criminology 5N2107 – Gain an understanding of the behavioural theories associated with crime and its prevention. Look at social and economic factors affecting criminal behaviour. Explore criminal legislation and the role of stakeholders involved in crime prevention. Identify the key characteristics of a broad range of crimes, including drug related crime and outline suitable methods of research and investigation in the area of crime.
- Communications 5N0690 – Acquire writing skills, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
- Understanding Community Development 5N1901 – Understand key concepts and features of the community development process, its potential to contribute to social change, the factors that have shaped community development and the current challenges to the process. Explore the roles of the main organisations and bodies involved in community development in Ireland. Reflect on your experience in relation to power and assess your strengths and challenges in participating in community groups in collective action.
- Adventure Activities 5N4646 – Explore how reflection in adventure activities is an important process within personal development and growth and understanding of the adventure experience. Understand of group dynamics and team working by looking at soft skills such as listening and conflict resolution. Create an awareness of risk and risk management and organise and participate in adventure activities e.g kayaking, wall climbing, camping OR Substance Use -Issues for Youthwork 5N2176 – Access accurate information about substances and their effect. Examine contexts which influence young people’s use and abuse of substances. Examine a range of responses to substance use among young people. Work effectively as part of a team with best practice guidelines and contribute to the development of policy and codes of practice in relation to substance use at project level.
- Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning
This course is designed predominantly for mature applicants (Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the commencement of the course). Experience and aptitude will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications. Applicants who are under 21 years of age require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent in addition to showing evidence of having an aptitude for and prior experience in the area. All applicants are interviewed. (note: students choosing the Adventure Activities option must be capable of participating in a range of outdoor activities including overnight trips).
- Input from professional practitioners
- Work experience
- Child Protection Training
- Teamwork and discussion
- Visits to Youth and Community Groups
Excellent progression opportunities including:
- CCOC: QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Psychosocial Awareness & Training (Inclusive Education & Training) 6M2263
- CIT: Social Care (CR031)
- CIT: Community Development (CR035)
- UCC: Youth & Community Work (CK114)
- CCOC: QQI Advanced Certificate in Psychosocial Awareness and Training (Inclusive Education and Training 6M2263)
Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. See Progressions for details.
Direct employment in the Youth Work sector, youth leaders in youth clubs, sports clubs and youth services and community development work. Opportunities subject to relevant experience. All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.
Deciding to go to Cork College of Commerce to do the Youth Work QQI level 5 was honestly the best decision I have ever made. I was a bit worried going back to college because I was a mature student and didn’t think I would be able to do the work. I won’t lie it was hard at times but the teachers helped me out a lot with what every they could. While doing the course we covered both theory and practice and that gave me the confidence to go on to Cork Institute of Technology to where I am I know studying Social Care which is a 4-year course and at the end of it I’ll have a Bachelor of Arts. I would recommend doing the Youth Work course to anyone who is planning on working in any sector that deals with kids. Graduate 2016.
I would recommend QQI Level 5 in youth work in Cork College of Commerce as a top notch course for anyone interested in working with young people. As a mature student who already had a lot of experience in care work youth work opened my mind to the psychology of group work and helped me understand the workings of a young person’s mind. The course helped me to develop the skills I already had and gave a whole new view of how to approach and help people in general. The support from teachers was second to none and they delivered 100% on content and interaction with class. This course gave me the confidence to further my education and get the qualifications I need to return to care work. 100% satisfaction from a very happy ex youth work student.
I would highly recommend the QQI level 5 Youthwork course to anyone who is looking to pursue a career in the youth work sector. The course is designed perfectly to give you all the knowledge required for working with youths and the support from the teachers is second to none. I have been volunteering for youth clubs for 5 years and felt that I needed to get more education within this area. After completing this course it has opened doors to many other options in education and work.