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BA (Hons) in Community and Addiction Studies

Course Code: LC297




4 Years (Including work placements in years 2 and 3)


Applied Social Science

CAO Points

New for 2021

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO



This programme has been designed in consultation with sectoral experts and employers, to ensure that content is relevant to community and addiction services in Ireland. 

Students on this programme will develop competencies and skills that will enable them to enter careers in community development and work with communities affected by addiction. This will include the social, economic and political issues affecting addiction, society and social groups; the role of development in addressing poverty, inequality and social exclusion; the impact of global processes on society and an understanding of the dynamic factors affecting addiction. 

There is a very substantial practical and applied component to this programme, so students will develop the real skills and competencies required for the workplace. A practical placement in years two and three are a key element of the programme, which will allow students apply their learning in a real-life environment. 

Potential Applicants please note: All applicants accepting a place on this programme will be required to obtain Garda Clearance prior to full registration on the programme.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. Mathematics is not a subject requirement for this programme.

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants & Mature Applicants

Refer to Admissions Office section for further information.

Who can I contact?

View our Social Sciences Q&A session

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What modules will I study?

Are there opportunities for further study?

Students can go on to post-graduate study in a number of related areas such as: Community development, sociology and social policy.     

What are the career prospects?

There are significant opportunities for professional and career progression within the community, State and voluntary sectors. Graduates will be eligible to work in a wide variety of roles including: Community Development Worker/Coordinator, Community Youth Worker, Policy Worker, Social Researcher/Research Assistant, Group Worker/Facilitator. Typically graduates may work for Family Resource Centres, LEADER companies, An Garda Síochána, the HSE, TUSLA, section 38 public agencies, as well as section 39 voluntary agencies (as per the Health Act 2004).


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