Course Overview

The Certificate/Diploma in Community Development Practice are part-time programmes, designed to enable community activists gain a thorough understanding of community development combined with the practical skills necessary to work effectively in development work.

The courses will run concurrently and classes will take place within the NUI Galway campus on Wednesday evenings between 6pm-9pm starting 17th October 2018. The Certificate course will run from Oct. 2018 – March 2019 and the Diploma course will run from Oct. 2018 – May/June 2019. There are also approx. three Saturdays for the Certificate and approx. six Saturdays for the Diploma throughout the academic year when attendance at workshops or seminars is required; these will take place from 9:30am – 5:30pm on the designated Saturdays. A course timetable for 2018-2019 will be distributed at the induction class on 17th October 2018.

The Certificate/Diploma programme has previously been delivered in Northern Ireland.  We would hope to offer this option again in the future, should there be sufficient interest. 

See presentation below on the Impact of Community Development Voyage across borders with Adult Learners by Helen Casey, Community Education Officer, NUI Galway.

Applications and Selections

Applications are closed for 2018

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

 A minimum of 75% attendance per term/overall is mandatory in order to successfully complete the programme.

In addition to the attendance requirement, participants will submit assignments for each module (including a profile and a project) and will be required to reach a pass standard in all relevant coursework. Each aspect of the programme will be monitored by the programme board and will be delivered by course tutors who are based locally.

*To be considered as an adult student and therefore eligible to participate on these courses, applicant must have reached 21 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry. 

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have good reading and writing skills, as well as basic IT skills, as independent home study is required. Ideally, applicants should also have some experience (either in a voluntary or professional capacity) of working in a community or voluntary organisation.

There are no special educational requirements for entry to either the Certificate or Diploma course.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). 


Additional Requirements

Duration

8 months, part-time (Certificate); 1 academic year, part-time (Diploma)

Next start date

October 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

25

Closing Date

 31-August 2018

NFQ level

7

Mode of study

Classroom-based

ECTS weighting

15 (Certificate); 30 (Diploma)

Award

CAO

Course code

Course Outline

Students completing the Certificate programme study three modules which involve a minimum of 120 hours of instruction and assignments.

Modules:

  • Community Development Theory and Practice
  • Social Analysis 
  • Communication, Group Work and Leadership Skills

Students completing the Diploma programme study six modules and complete a project. The Diploma course involves a minimum of 240 hours of instruction and project work.

Modules:

  • Community Development Theory and Practice
  • Communication, Group Work and Leadership Skills
  • Research Techniques
  • Social Analysis
  • Public Policy
  • Project Planning, Development and Evaluation

A number of special interest workshops and field trips will be organised during each course throughout the year, reflecting the needs and interests of the course participants. These visits to other community development projects will give participants opportunities to make contact with the practice of community development in other locations.

Module details for the Diploma

Module details for the Certificate

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities open to graduates of the Certificate and/or Diploma in Community Development Practice programme as it offers a solid practical and theoretical understanding of the community development sector. Some graduates have progressed onto further studies such as the B.A. in Community and Family Studies while other graduates of the Diploma in Community Development Practice have improved their employment prospects in the field of community development.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€500 (Cert); €800 (Diploma) p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,000 (Cert); €1,300 (Diploma) p.a.

 
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island
Galway

Tel: 091 495241  
Email: communityed@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say

Tony

Tony Hogan |    

As I work part-time and also volunteer at a Youth Café, I thought this course would help me in my daily activities. As the course progressed, I realised that I would really like to do community work full time, and that this course suited me ideally. I find the workshops and modules easy to understand, and the tutors more than helpful. As I have never attended Third Level education, this is a great way for me to achieve a level of education that, previously, I could only aspire to. I would highly recommend this course to anybody involved or interested in community development.
Olivia

Olivia Harrington |    

...The reasons I chose the course in Community Development Practice is because I have an interest in working with people and have been volunteering with a few charities and wanted to develop my skills in this area. As it had been over 10 years since I did any formal study, I was apprehensive about going back to college but the learning style of the course suited me and I found the tutors excellent and very supportive. I’m now continuing my studies in the BA Programme in Community and Family Studies. The course gave me great confidence and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in community work...