Have you an interest in and an aptitude for working with young people?  Learn about all of the pertinent challenges and issues that face young people today in order to give you a stepping stone to study in this area. This full time course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to advance in the youth work field.

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  • 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 the different approaches of these 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.
  • 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.

Additional Training/Workshops

  • Child Protection: This workshop is an introduction to Children First is based on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the Children First Act 2015.  The content includes recognising and reporting child abuse, the role of mandated persons, the responsibilities of organisations working with children to safeguard children. Furthermore, learners will be informed of the role of designated liaison persons. A certificate of completion will be awarded on completion of the course.
  • Mindfulness (online training): This Mindfulness course will introduce the learner to the practice of Mindfulness as a personal resource. The theory and practice of Mindfulness will enhance your understanding and demonstrate how it can be integrated into your life and your work. The topics include a better understanding of what mindfulness is, understanding how mindfulness can help us to manage stress and anxiety and learning practical tools to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
  • Data Protection (online training): This course gives learners an overview of GDPR. The workshop examines what GDPR stands for and gives an understanding of the current data protection rules and obligations.  The learners also receive information on the types of data, the terminology associated with GDPR, the penalties with breaches, storage of data and general do’s and don’ts regarding data. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.

This course is designed predominantly for mature applicants. 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 (e.g. LCA, QQI L4 Major Award) in addition to showing evidence of having an aptitude for and prior experience in the area. Applicants must be over 18 years when commencing the course. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English.

The application process: Applicants apply through the college website. The next stage is the completion of a processing form which will be emailed to the applicant. The final stage is an interview.

An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview. Garda Vetting is required for work experience.



Excellent progression opportunities including:

Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and SETU (Waterford & Carlow) for preferential entry for students of Morrisons Island locations. See Progressions for full details on progression from this course.

To work as a Youth Worker a minimum of a level 7 award is required. The course is designed to provide a foundation in the knowledge and skills needed to successfully advance to achieve a L7 award or higher at 3rd level. Guidance seminars and one to one guidance available on the full range of opportunities

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50). See Payment for details.
  • Certification:
    • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Youth Work 5M4732.
    • QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in the evening for learners requiring
      Maths for progression).
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake work placement one day per week in a variety of community based settings e.g. social and voluntary services, family and community services and residential services, youth groups etc. Students have found placements in ForoigeYouthreach Centres, YMCA and similar environments. Garda vetting is an integral part of the application procedure for Work Experience.

Email: youthwork@morrisonsislandcampus.ie          Tel: (021) 4223833

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    My experience at CCOC has been one of the best experiences I have ever encountered.  The teaching staff are just fantastic their very understanding and patience. CCOC is a non-judgemental learning environment making it very easy to turn up to college every day. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here in every sense of the word.

    Lisa Regan

    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.

    PJ O'Brien, CIT student

    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.

    Mark Lucey, Graduate 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.

    Michelle Murphy, Graduate student