Social Studies Level 6

Social Studies Level 6

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Social Studies Course
QQI Level 6

On this advanced course you will explore the relationship between the individual and society, and how through working and taking action together, we can transform both the world around us and ourselves, for better.

Community development promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through the organisation, education and empower-ment of people within their communities.

Through this course you will develop skills to empower individuals and groups of people with the skills they need to effect change within their communities learning how to work with individuals and larger social institutions.

Employment opportunities are found in the voluntary and community sectors and this course prepares you for higher education across a wide range of social science disciplines.


European Project (Erasmus +)

Every year a number of students may travel to another European country for three weeks’ work experience. The  students attend a social or community work setting in the host country and observe and participate in the day-to-day working environment, learning how professional social and community work is delivered in that country. View our European Work Experience page here.

Course Director: David Masterson

  • Social Analysis
  • Community Development Practice
  • Community Development Theory
  • Group Work Theory and Practice
  • Leadership
  • Conflict Management
  • Work Experience
  • Option 1 – Arts in the Community
  • Option 2 – Community Addiction Studies

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Community Development 6M3674

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 certificates in related areas of study or equivalent qualifications.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant life and/or work experience and may not meet the above entry requirements are welcome to apply.

Progression Prospects

QQI 6M3674 Community Development major award may be used to apply to the CAO through the Higher Education Links Scheme to a broad range of courses across the Technological Universities and Universities including Community Development, Social Studies, Social Science, Psychology, Sociology, Politics and Youth Work.


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
(William James, Philosopher)