Entry Points (2019)

Course Overview

This programme is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key trends and changes in family life and child and youth development, with a specific focus on Irish society. There are two underpinning beliefs built into the programme, one being that children and young people need to be valued, listened to and enabled to reach their full potential and the other that at some stage, all families, no matter who they are, need help and support to function.

Given this, the programme places specific emphasis on developing the knowledge and practical skills required to work in the youth work, family support and community development sector.

The core strengths of this programme include: a nine-month work placement in year three; small group teaching delivered in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, the University’s flagship Institute for applied social science research that informs policy and practice (www.nuigalway.ie/ilas); and teaching that is led by professionals working in practice and staff from the internationally recognised UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (www.nuigalway.ie/childandfamilyresearch).

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Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades (2019)


Average intake


Closing Date
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Mode of study

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Course Outline

This course is delivered through a series of modules centred around child, youth and family studies. These modules introduce students to the disciplines of political science, sociology, public and social policy, economics, psychology, the creative arts, information technology and law. Many of the modules have a strong focus on personal and professional skills development, equipping students with both research skills and the range of skills necessary to work in the sector.

Year 1
  • Introduction to Child, Youth and Family Studies
  • Introduction to Politics and Sociology
  • Practising Sociology and Politics
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Applied Public Policy
  • Applications Programming
  • Youth Development
  • Development Psychology
  • Concepts and Practices of Politics and Sociology
  • Applied Economics
  • Internet and Web Development
Year 2
  • Youth Work Principles and Practice
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Understanding Family and Society
  • Economics of Public and Social Policy
  • Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Families
  • Human Rights, Inter-culturalism and Equality
  • Developmental work through the outdoors
  • Child, Youth and Family Service Provision in Ireland
  • Youth Development
  • Communities in Focus
  • Professional Skills
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Economics of Family Policy
Year 3
  • Work Placement
Year 4
  • Connecting Research, Policy and Practice in Children’s Services
  • Theatre of the Oppressed in Youth and Family Work
  • Child Protection and Welfare
  • Children’s Geographies
  • The Value of Arts in the Lives of Children
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Project Planning and Evaluation
  • Family Law
  • Issues in Contemporary Families
  • Current Debates in Youth and Family Work
  • Option Modules

Equivalent modules may be substituted from time to time for any of the above under exceptional circumstances and when approved by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Further Education

For students who wish to pursue further education and training, graduates with this degree will be eligible to apply for a range of postgraduate courses on offer at NUI Galway and other third level institutions. Post graduate courses that students will be eligible to apply for in NUI Galway include:

  • MA in Social Work
  • MA in Family Support Studies
  • MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights
  • MA in Public Advocacy and Activism
  • LLM In International Human Rights

Postgraduate courses that graduates of this degree will be eligible to apply for in other third level institutions include:

  • Masters in Community and Youth Work (NUI Maynooth)
  • Masters in Youth Work, Community Arts and Sports Studies (UCC)
  • MA in Child, Family and Community Studies (DIT)
  • LLM in Child and Family Law (UCC)

The BA also provides excellent foundational preparation for the BA in Applied Policing, the programme delivered to Garda trainees by the Garda College in Templemore.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This degree programme will offer a variety of career opportunities. Upon graduation, students will have the necessary knowledge and skill-set to apply directly for positions in the community, non-profit and statutory sector. With an emphasis throughout the programmes on practice and public policy, as reflected in the modules delivered, students are well-placed to seek employment in the following areas:

  • Youth work
  • Family Support
  • Community Development
  • Public Administration
  • Research

The BA Child, Youth and Family Placement programme in 2018-2019 is supported by the following organisations


Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€15,500 p.a. 2020/21

EU Fees 2019/20:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

Dr Cormac Forkan
Programme Director

T: +353 91 49 3653
E: cormac.forkan@nuigalway.ie  

Dr Danielle Kennan
Assistant Programme Director

T: +353 91 49 5731
E: danielle.kennan@nuigalway.ie  



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