B.A. Child, Youth and Family: Policy and Practice

 “I chose this degree course because I wanted a career with people as the focus. With approachable and supportive staff and a practical approach to learning, this degree has given me a real sense of determination to pursue a career in community-based youth and family interventions”. Grainne Brennan – Graduate

Video on the programme: http://www.nuigalway.ie/youthandfamilystudies/

COURSE OVERVIEW: 4 Years, Full-Time.
The BA (Child, Youth and Family: Policy and Practice) is a four year, level 8-degree programme.  It is the only undergraduate programme of its kind in Ireland.  The Programme is run by the School of Political Science and Sociology in conjunction with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (UCFRC).  This Centre is based in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), a new purpose built social science research facility on campus.

The Programme has a very strong emphasis on child and family policy and research, as well as offering foundational preparation for work with children and young people, across a range of settings. This programme is ideal for students who know that their future lies either in applied practice or in the implementation and shaping of public policy as it affects children and families.

If you know that you want a career working with children, then this programme could be just what you are looking for.

Work placement
Providing you with the opportunities to apply your skills and knowledge in real life practice with young people and their families, is a core part of this programme. In Years 1 and 2, you can participate in ALIVE, NUI Galway’s certified student volunteering programme, which operates both in the University and in the broader community. Check out the details at http://cki.nuigalway.ie/page/36/about-alive/ During Year 3 of the programme, you will be placed in a structured, supervised and challenging work placement, where you can further hone your skills and begin to see which area of work you are interested in for the future.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
CAO Code: 
GY120
Course Level: 8
Duration: 4 years
Minimum Entry Points 2015: 305
Minimum A-Level Grades: 
CCC & d(AS) or equivalent combinations
Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements: Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects
at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
A-Level/GCSE Entry Requirements: See page 150 for matriculation entry requirements.
Average Intake: 40-45

HOW TO APPLY:
CAO – by 1st February for School Leavers
See  link for mature students - 
http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/how-to-apply/#Mature-student-applications

COURSE FEES
See http://www.nuigalway.ie/youthandfamilystudies/#course_fees

CAREER OPORTUNITIES
Upon graduation, you will have the necessary skills to apply directly for youth work positions with organisations such as Foróige (www.foróige.ie) and Youth Work Ireland (www.youthworkireland.ie/), with whom the University has strong links. Graduates with this degree will also be eligible to apply for a range of postgraduate courses on offer at NUI Galway. These include, for example, the MA (Social Work), MA (Family Support) and MA (Gender, Globalisation and Rights).

CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Cormac Forkan, Programme Director.  091 493653 or cormac.forkan@nuigalway.ie

FURTHER INFORMATION
See undergraduate prospectus
http://www.nuigalway.ie/media/courses/files/%282%29-NUIG-Undergraduate-Prospectus-2016-WEB-.pdf