Community Addiction Studies Course

Ballymun Youth Action Project (BYAP) developed its Community Addiction Studies Course in 1994.  This course enables people living or working in the community to respond more effectively to drug / alcohol issues.  The course seeks to create a climate of participative learning where all contributions are welcomed.  Since 1996, this course has been run in a number of communities across Dublin and around the country.

Areas covered include:

  • Pharmaceutical information on drugs and their effects.
  • Process of addiction.
  • How addiction affects individuals, families, communities.
  • Social analysis.
  • Media analysis.
  • Personal development.
  • How individuals and communities can respond.
  • Field visits to drugs services.
  • Individual course work.

Organisation of Programme:
The course is run part-time, 20 three hour sessions, which can run over 10 or 20 weeks.

Learner/Student Profile: This course is for those living and / or working in the community who would like to be more effective when it comes to responding to drug/alcohol issues.  Applicants must have at least one level 4 module on the National Framework of Qualifications and/or relevant work/volunteering experience.  Applicants must be available to attend the programme as described above.

Ballymun Youth Action Project is registered with QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland).  On successful completion of the course learners will receive a component certificate in Community Addiction Studies (5N1834). The course is accredited as QQI Award (Minor) Level 5 Further Education and Training.

NFQ Credit Value:     15 Credits.

Protection for Learners Policy:     In the event that BYAP fails to provide the programme and certification as outlined above all payments will be refunded; financial policy and procedures available on request.

Methods:     Delivery of the programme is underpinned by the principles of adult education and community development and will see the use of inputs, group and individual exercises.

Assessment:     Learner participation in all the sessions and completion of assessments is required to be successful on the course.  Assessment is ongoing throughout the course; the approaches used include a portfolio of coursework, written assignments and learning journals.  In addition to class time, learners can expect to undertake on average about 3-6 hours of self-directed learning per week.  It is helpful for learners to have computer and internet skills while engaging in the course learning.  Minimum attendance requirement – 80%.

Progression Route:     The programme offers a progression pathway to the Level 6 Urrús Keyworking, Care Planning and Case Management Programme and also to the Level 7 Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work delivered in partnership with University College Dublin.

Closing Date:     Closing date for completed applications is 29 July 2022.

For further information about where the course is run and application details contact: –

BYAP Training Centre: – email       tel. 01 846 7980.

For further details and application form click here.