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Youth and Community Work

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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This full-time three year Honours Degree course offers a degree to students who are interested in gaining employment in youth and community and related areas. A number of work placements are a key component of the course and this on-the-job training will build your knowledge and understanding of both the principles and practices of youth and community work.

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From College Website...
CW788 - Youth and Community Work
IT Carlow

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CW788 - Youth and Community Work
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions

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Career options include mainstream youth work, projects; community development; youth and community centres, working with traveller groups; working with voluntary organisations; working with voluntary housing associations; hostels for homeless young people and adults; projects based on youth arts, youth offending, drug and alcohol misuse, care leavers and health education, community arts organisations; working with public sector organisations such as the Education and Welfare Service and the Community Work branches of the Health Service Executive.  This course is now professionally recognised by NSETS, the North South body for youth work.  This recognition will enhance the employment potential of graduates of the course.

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