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Community Development

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Course overview

Course Code 5M3050 CS07
QQI Award Code 5M3050 Community Development
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course offers a first step to learners interested in working in their community. It is suitable for individuals who are involved in or who would like to get involved in working in a community development area. It also provides a gateway to higher education. The course is designed to help participants to integrate the skills of community development and imparts the key concepts and theoretical frameworks of community development work. This enables learners to engage effectively with stakeholders in the community sector. Work experience within a variety of community organisations forms an integral part of the course.

What will you Study?

This course offers a first step to leaners interested in working in their community.  It is suitable for individuals who are involved in or who would like to get involved in working in a community development area.  It also provides a gateway to higher education.

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Social Studies 5N1370

Young People & Society 5N2002

Intercultural Studies 5N0765

Community Development Practice 5N0777

Social Analysis 5N1371

Understanding Community Development 5N1901

Working With Groups 5N2707

Word Processing 5N1358
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
ECDXX 5M3050

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Garda Reserve (Voluntary)   Community Development Worker / Officer  
Aid Worker - Humanitarian   Facilitator  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Community & Voluntary
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.