URRÚS & University College Dublin: Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work (NFQ Level 7) - 2020 / 2021

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

Urrús & University College Dublin

Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work (NFQ level 7) - 1 Year (part-time), pathway to Bachelor of Social Science (NFQ Level 8) – 2 years FT (Diploma acts as year 1 of 3)

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 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…

The Diploma Course is a one-year course (September-May) and it is delivered one day a week, plus three Thursday evenings and seven Saturdays 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

Eligibility: Persons who wish to develop their knowledge and skill in the area of Community Drug/Alcohol work and who have completed a Community Addiction Studies Course or equivalent. Participants must have the capacity to complete a course at NUI Diploma Level 7 (NFQ). Applicants must be volunteering or working in a service in the drug and alcohol field or in the broader social care field.


  • Urrús Premises, Horizons Centre, Balcurris Rd, Ballymun, D11.
  • 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 11th June 2020. Interview dates to be confirmed.

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

Application: Please contact the number below for an application form; a ‘personal statement’ is also required which allows the applicant to identify their reasons for wishing to do the course and how it may benefit them and their community.

Further Details: The course information sheet and application form are available on our website: - http://www.byap.ie/services/urrus/diploma-in-community-drugs-work

If you have any other questions, please phone or email the office: - ph 01 8467980 / email: urrus@byap.ie

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
21st Apr, 2020
Expiry Date
11th Jun, 2020