Community Development (Level 6)

Community Development organisations in Ireland aim to achieve social change, equality and social justice. Community development workers have been presented with a number of opportunities and challenges over the recent years by the rapidly changing social context of Ireland including work with new communities, migrant workers and refugees, combating racism and challenging the persistence of other social and economic inequalities.

Community development seeks to empower communities. It works across a range of services-information and advice, counselling, advocacy and support and it targets an equally diverse range of people and areas of interest.

This course will equip learners with the skills and knowledge to implement and deliver programmes that adhere to the key community development principles of participation, empowerment and collective decision making in a structured and co-ordinated way.

Students will apply this knowledge and skill-base through participation in a work based training programme over two full days per week

  • QQI Certificate in Community Development – NFQ Level 6 (6M3674)
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Community Development
  • Award Code: 6M3674
  • Level: 6 – Further Education & Training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

QQI Level 5 Qualification or equivalent

Mature applicants who have relevant experience and may not meet the above requirements are
welcome to apply

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Community Development Practice  –Level 6
  • Community Development Theory – Level 6
  • Group Work Theory and Practice – Level 6
  • Strategic Planning – Level 6
  • Supervisory Skills – Level 6
  • Social Analysis – Level 6
  • Communications – Level 6
  • Work Placement – Level 6

Disclaimer: The college reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

Full-time Courses:

  • TU Dublin – BA (Hons) Community and Youth Development-TU 992
  • Maynooth University – BA (Hons) Community & Youth Work – MH116
  • Maynooth University – BA (Hons) Community & Youth Work – MH802 (part-time)
  • UCD – BSc Social Science –DN700
  • UCD- BSocSc Social Policy & Sociology – DN750
  • UCC -BSoc Sc (Hons) Youth & Community Work – CK114 (mature students only)
  • Carlow College – BA (Hons) Social, Political and Community Studies – PC405
  • South East Technology University (SETU) – Ballsbridge College has a progression agreement with SETU linking this course’s QQI award (6M3674) to a range of WIT degrees. Please see

Kai Oh“As part of this course I studied really interesting modules such as, Community Development, Social Analysis and Group Work Theory and Practice. The modules are assessed through a mix of continuous assessment, as well as exams. During my time in Ballsbridge College, I have met a lot of students from different backgrounds- both local and international students. The teachers in Ballsbridge College are very passionate and helpful. They take good care of their students and new students will find it easy to settle in to the course.

The college has a very welcoming atmosphere and an extensive supporting network when it comes to student’s wellbeing. They also provided me with a lot of advice during my higher education application process. My family and I will never forget the joy, when on completion of the Community Development course, I was accepted by TU Dublin, Blanchardstown! I would highly recommend Ballsbridge College for someone who is interested in returning to study, like me.”  

Kai Oh, Community Development graduate 2020, progressed to BA Community and Youth Development Social Sciences, TUD

The Ballsbridge College Level 6 course in Community Development is a must for anyone who wants to make a difference in their community. I really enjoyed exploring the socio-economic problems we face as a society and how we can tackle these issues through community development. I am now using my skills gained in my work as a drug support worker with the CRIS Project.”  

Yoven Payendee: Community Development Graduate 2018, working in the Community Development sector

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