Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Social Studies and Youth Work 5M4732

This one-year course is designed for those who would like to pursue a career in the youth and community sector or progress to further education in the areas of youth work or social studies. It is ideal for anyone who would enjoy working with young people in a variety of social settings, who’s values would include the empowerment of vulnerable people, equality and inclusion and respect for all young people. Dedicated, qualified youth workers have never been more needed or as important to support young people experiencing significant social challenges, especially in the aftermath of the lockdowns as a result of COVID-19. The negative effects on young people’s mental health and social development are evident and highly motivated and energetic individuals are needed more than ever before to support and advocate for social change.

This Course is designed to:

This is a one-year, full-time programme designed to provide students with the essential practical and theoretical skills of youth work practice, the role of the youth worker and an insight into challenges facing our communities in many different social settings. The learner will be provided with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work under supervision in a youth work context, to progress to further or higher education and or training.

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Pre admission guidance meeting

  • Mature applicants welcome

  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to complete a successful garda vetting process. Garda clearance is a mandatory requirement for work placement.

Course Content
  • 5N1366 Understanding Youthwork
  • 5N1384 Working with Young People
  • 5N2002 Young People and Society
  • 5N0690 Communications
  • 5N1356 Work Experience
  • 5N1279 Human Growth and Development
  • 5N1370 Social Studies
  • 5N2107 Criminology
How the Course is Taught

The course is delivered through ongoing projects and tutorials. Students are encouraged to become self-motivated and disciplined through ongoing academic achievement and tutor feedback.

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Youth Work 5M4732


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May.

Please Note
  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to satisfy Garda Vetting before they commence Work Experience.
  • GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.
For Further Information

Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

The following is a selection of the most relevant courses (see CAO for more):

  • AU191 Health and Social Care Letterkenny Campus
  • AU210 Law with Criminal Justice Letterkenny Campus
  • AU390 Early Childhood Care, Health and Education Letterkenny Campus
  • AU391 Health and Social Care Letterkenny Campus
  • AU491 Early Childhood Education and Care Castlebar Campus
  • AU593 Applied Social Care Castlebar Campus
  • AU692 Outdoor Education Castlebar Campus
  • AU695 Early Childhood Education and Care Castlebar Campus
  • AU696 Applied Social Care Castlebar Campus
  • AU916 Sociology and Politics Sligo Campus
  • AU918 Social Care Practice Sligo Campus
  • AU919 Early Education and Care Sligo Campus
  • CI111 Counselling and Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies
  • CI112 Counselling and Psychotherapy with Youth Studies
  • LM019 Social Sciences
  • DN620 Criminology with Psychology
  • DN700 Social Sciences
  • DN750 Social Policy and Sociology
  • TU992 Community Development and Youth Work Blanchardstown Campus
  • TU991 Applied Social Studies in Social Care Blanchardstown Campus
  • TU997 Applied Social Care Tallaght Campus

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website. Click here for details of * CAO QQI Requirements Lookup

Career Opportunities

Future areas of employment can include a variety of local authority, charity and voluntary settings including roles such as; Youth Advice Worker, Community Development Worker, Family Support Worker, Community Education Officer, Social Worker, Youth Worker, Youth Advocate and roles in Social Justice positions. Many graduates seek direct employment within the sector.