Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work (NFQ Level 7) 2021/2022

URRÚS & University College Dublin

This comprehensive and professional course is run by Urrús in partnership with University College Dublin and provides participants with a range of skills and knowledge that will enhance their effectiveness in responding to the complex issue of drug and alcohol misuse within a community environment.

This programme will be conducted over two semesters in the academic year 2021/22 and will be delivered in a blended learning format.  This will consist of a combination of online sessions and real time class-based activities using either a virtual or classroom environment.  Prospective students need to be available to engage in learning and study for the full day on Tuesdays, as well as some Thursdays and Saturdays during the semester.  It is essential that students have computer and internet access to engage with the course learning.  Please note the extent to which face-to-face class activities can take place will be dependent on prevailing Covid19 restrictions, and adjustments may be made on foot of Government advice at any time during the programme.

This one year intensive programme, leading to a NFQ Level 7 Diploma awarded by University College Dublin, is based on community development principles and uses adult learning approaches in its delivery.  The programme offers a progression pathway to the UCD Bachelor of Social Science, a degree with considerable cachet among employers, as well as one that can provide a gateway to a variety of careers, including Social Work (when combined with the Master of Social Science – Social Work).

Information on the unique BSocSc progression route can be found on the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice website here: http://www.ucd.ie/socialpolicyworkjustice/study/undergraduateprogrammes/bsocsccommunitydrugsandalcoholpathway/

The Diploma Course is a one-year course (September-May) and it is delivered one day a week on Tuesdays (10am-5pm), plus three Thursdays (6:30pm-9:30pm) and seven Saturdays (10am-5pm) over the year.

Modules covered during the course:

  • Nature and Context of Addiction.
  • Community and Groupwork Theory and Practice.
  • Understanding Prevention and Support in a Community Setting.
  • Introduction to Irish Social Policy / Drug and Alcohol Policy.
  • Introduction to Counselling.
  • Reflective practice.
  • Approaches to Treatment and Rehabilitation.
  • Motivational Interviewing.
  • Professional Work Practice.
  • Community Research Methods.

Awarding Body:
University College Dublin (UCD), the National University of Ireland (NUI).


  • Volunteering or working in a service (drug and alcohol field or in the broader social care field).
  • Minimum education attainment to date – completion of multiple modules at level 5 or level 6 will be considered.
  • Community Addiction Studies Course or equivalent is desirable.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to complete course work at level 7.

Participants must have the capacity to complete a course at NUI Diploma Level 7 (NFQ) and must be available to attend the course as described above.

Applicants are required to complete an application form.  This application includes a “personal statement” which allows the applicant identify their reasons for wishing to do the course, what they hope to contribute, what they hope to gain, etc.

Shortlisting for interview will apply.

Urrús Premises,  Horizons Centre, Balcurris Road, Ballymun, D11 and National University of Ireland, University College Dublin, Belfield Campus.

Closing Date:
Completed application forms, with relevant documentation and administration fee must be received by Thursday 10 June 2021.

Course fee for the year is: €2,300.00.  In addition there is a one-off, non refundable, application fee of €25.00.

The course will start on 7th September 2021.

Click here for the course information sheet and application details.

Click here for course application form.

or if you have any further queries please email – mailto:urrus@byap.ie  /  phone 01 8467980.