Community Development (BA)

  • Course Code

    MT 575

  • Field of Study

    Community Development

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Course Summary

The broad aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for people who are active in the community to achieve formal qualifications in the community work field. This course has been developed in partnership with community groups and consists of lectures, workshops, seminars, combined with a substantial practical element, based in the community. Participants will remain within the community setting, thereby sustaining their contribution to the community while developing the capacity to add value to that contribution through supervised and supported learning in the workplace. The course is assessed by continuous assessment: essay, reports, role play and presentations. Practical work placement within the community contributes to assessment. No formal, terminal, written examination is undertaken.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points
  • undergo the National Vetting Bureau process and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate examination in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include English or Irish.


Note 1: There is no requirement for Mathematics. A Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.

Student Garda Vetting at MTU

This programme requires applicants to undergo the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) process. This requirement is due to the mandatory external placement element of the programme which will bring the applicant into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust. MTU uses the NVB to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.  

Offers of places on this programme will be provisional and contingent on the applicant’s satisfactory completion of MTU’s NVB Procedure.


Depending upon the outcome of the vetting process, the University reserves the following rights:

  • to not register a student 
  • to remove an existing registered student 
  • to delay the student’s practice placement modules on course 

In all circumstances, it is the applicant/student’s responsibility to proactively disclose any convictions/ cases pending. The Institute reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending. Please click here for more information.

Work Placement

At present, the placement is composed of supervised community work, for 100 hours over a 20 week period. It may be possible for applicants, who are already active in community work, to continue this work in order to meet the placement requirements. Participants must have satisfactorily completed the Institute’s mandatory vetting before commencing placement. Vetting is conducted by the National Vetting Bureau (formerly known as the Garda Central Vetting Unit)


Applied Social Studies

For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here.


Recorded November 2021


MT 575 Course Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork


Community Development is a process that seeks to build strong, sustainable communities by bringing people and groups together for the good of the wider community and society. Based on principles of equality, fairness and respect it sets out to influence power structures and remove barriers that prevent people from taking part in decisions that affect their lives.


Work Placement

At present, the placement is composed of supervised community work, for 100 hours over a 20 week period. It may be possible for applicants, who are already active in community work, to continue this work in order to meet the placement requirements.


Participants must have satisfactorily completed the University’s mandatory Garda Vetting before commencing placement.


Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates may be considered to proceed to year 4 of

Where applicants for the honours degree do not have a qualification at diploma or bachelor degree level in community development at the specified minimum level, they may be admitted on the basis of a learning portfolio that verifiably demonstrates learning performance equal to that specified by the learning outcomes of the BA degree programme at MTU.


Question Time

What is the weekly workload?
The BA in Community Development (BACD) is a full time programme at MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork. Your weekly work schedule will consist of lectures as well as supervised work placements.

The placement is an integral part of the BACD programme and is core to your professional development. In addition, employers value the experience gained via the supervised placement.

What are the arrangements for the work placement?
The work placement will take place in selected locations around Cork City, which are easily accessible via public transport.

What personal skills are most suited to the programme and subsequent careers?
The best students and professional community workers all possess a keen interest in social justice issues alongside a desire to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives.

What kind of person should you be?
The community work profession requires individuals who are mindful of their responsibility towards other people and their communities.   

The community work professional also involves a strong legal and ethical commitment to promoting the safety of children and ‘vulnerable’ adults in society.   


Graduate Profiles


Joe Curtin
Youth Worker


“I graduated with a BA (Honours) in Community Development from CIT. After graduating, I got a job as a Youth Worker and also went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work in UCC.


As a Youth Worker, I work on the front line with young people promoting positive mental health, building resilience & relationships creating opportunities to develop skills and most importantly, to have fun. I provide opportunities for young people to develop certain skills in a non-formal and informal setting such as Music, Art and Sports groups. I also provide one to one support for young people going through various issues or looking for support in a certain area of their lives. Youth Workers get to use their own passions in our work. I have a passion for travel, so I sought out opportunities to take groups of young people to different countries including Slovenia and Greece through Erasmus+.”


Noreen O'Regan
Community Development Supervisor


“I graduated with a BA (Honours) in Community Development. I have always been active in my local community. The Honours Degree helped me to make the transition from a voluntary role to a paid professional role. I was an Administrator in the local Community Development Project and the  Honours Degree gave me the confidence and skills base to apply for the Coordinator Post when it became available.


I remain closely connected to CIT's Community Development Degree programme as I now supervise Community Development Placement students. I would strongly recommend the Community Development Programme at CIT.”


MTU  has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link
Bachelor of Arts in Community Development

Graduates can expect to take community work and leadership  roles in community projects and within statutory agencies. 

  • Statutory organisations
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community youth services
  • Social enterprises in communities
  • Community equality project for women, men, LGBTQI+ communities
  • Creative community arts projects in music & arts


Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2021: 133

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Margaret O'Keeffe
021 433 5932

Paddy Anderson
021 433 5931

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