Community Development- 6M3674

This course will facilitate the learner to demonstrate knowledge of a range of perspectives of Community Development and of policies, procedures and best practice guidelines that support the delivery of effective community work. It is designed to equip learners with the range of skills and knowledge to implement and deliver community development programmes that adhere to the key community development principles of empowerment, participation and collective decision making. This is the ideal starting point if you wish to progress to further studies or gain employment in a variety of community, health and educational organisations.

This course is designed to

  • Enable students explore the theory and practice of the key areas of community development by addressing a wide range of community and social issues.
  • Enable students evaluate the need for community development in society and develop an understanding of community organisations and voluntary sectors.
  • To enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work as an autonomous practitioner and or take responsibility for the work of others in leading and coordinating the provision of quality community development.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.
  • It is preferable for candidates to have a relevant QQI Level 5 qualification (or equivalent) in a social / community related area or relevant life experience.
  • Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here

Course Content

  • Action Research 6N3665
  • Community Development Practice 6N3667
  • Community Development Theory 6N3668
  • Conflict Management 6N2775
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Leadership 6N2191
  • Groupwork Theory & Practice 6N3669
  • Social Analysis 6N3666

How the course is taught

SligoCFE has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We facilitate on-the-job learning through weekly work experience.
  • We teach through dialogue, lectures, case-studies, on-line learning, group projects and research.
  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.
  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.
  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education

Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

The following suggested courses are the most relevant;


TU Dublin

NUI Maynooth

Munster Technological University

Limerick Institute of Technology

UCC  University College Cork

GMIT Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

ALIT Athlone Institute of Technology

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAOwebsite.

Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup

  • Student Services Registration Fee: €200
  • Deposit: €50
  • QQI Examination Fees: €50

TOTAL: €300

(The following exemption may apply: Medical Card Holders - €50 Exam Fee)

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the course may gain employment in a wide variety of organisations such as residential centres, family support services, educational organisations & community support projects.


QQI Level 6 Award in Community Development (6M3674)


This is a full-time one-year course (3 Days per week - Mon to Wed) and runs from September to May.

For more Information

Phone 071-9145480 or email

Please Note

  • At registration students will be requested to complete the necessary documentation in order to satisfy Garda Vetting before they commence Work Experience.

  • A new national Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the College and a student or third party.