Youth Leadership

Unlock your leadership potential with our Youth Leadership programme. This programme is your gateway to developing essential youth work leadership skills, fostering self-confidence and enabling you to make progress to careers that can have a real, positive impact in your community.

Designed for aspiring Youth Leaders this programme offers hands-on training, expert guidance, and opportunities to apply your knowledge in real world situations. Dive into modules like Communications, Teamwork, Project Management, Leadership and Community Development.

Whether you dream of leading a nonprofit, advocating for change or simply want to be a more effective leader, this Youth Leadership award equips you with the tools and recognition you need to make the difference.

What Makes This Course Special

  • In-depth study of Youth work
  • Foundation to many careers
  • Highly experienced social studies team
  • Study visits to work contexts
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Understanding Youthwork
  • Young People and Society
  • Working with Young People
  • Communications
  • Social Studies
  • Care Provision and Practice
  • Community Development Practice
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Youth Services
  • Advisory Services
  • Charities
  • Community Work
  • Counselling
  • Education Services
  • Health Support Services
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Therapist
  • Voluntary Work

Workplace Feedback

Youth leadership involves ‘delivery on a wide range of services, supports and programmes through integrated programmes, including mental health supports, drug and alcohol supports, LGBTI+ youth work, club development, employability programmes, counselling services, rural outreach and fun, safe spaces for young people.

Youth Work Ireland

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Youth Work 5M4732


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 416409
Coordinator: Annette Dempsey

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.