Youth Work & Social Studies (with SNA)

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Course Content

Y o u t h W o r k & S o c i a l S t u d i e s ( w i t h S N A )
  • Understanding Youth Work
  • Working with Young People
  • Community Addiction Studies
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Social Studies
  • Young People in Society
  • Communications 
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience


Additional Training:

  • First Aid Training
  • Làmh Training
  • Child Protection

Course Description

Studying Youth Work is ideally suited to enthusiastic, fun-loving, critical-thinking, and creative people who are motivated to impact positively in 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


5M4732 QQI Level 5 Youth Work

5N1786 QQI Level 5 Special Needs Assisting

Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Youth Work Leader | Special Needs Assistant | Community Support Worker | Afterschool  Coordinator | Youth and Community Organisers | Social Care Assistant | Residential Social Carer 


1,165 SNA Jobs for 2022/2023

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Progression to degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of degree programmes including:

DkIT | Social Care | Level 8
TU Blanchardstown |Community Development & Youth Work | Level 8
Maynooth University | Social Science | Level 7
NUI Galway | Community, Youth and Family Studies | Level 8
DkIT | Community Youth Work | Level 7
UCD | Psychology/Social Policy & Sociology | Level 8
Athlone IT | Social Care Practice | Level 8

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All courses now have a low course registration fee of €30. Make sure to confirm your place on a course by paying your registration fee.

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The modules I enjoyed the most were Psychology and Understanding Youth Work. The teachers really invest time with the students and they are friendly and helpful, making the course a positive learning experience. I met some really great people with a shared interest and made friends for life while confirming my career area.

Saoirse Parry Youth Work Graduate, 2018

Ó Fiaich Institute gave me the opportunity to follow a dream of going to college. The teachers were extremely supportive and encouraged us, the course equipped me with the skills to academically write and gave me the confidence to go on to study Social Care in DKIT. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity of a place on the Erasmus+ programme Malaga with work placement. This was a amazing experience I would recommend anyone to do a PLC in Ó Fiaich

Chloe Healy Youth Work 2022