URRÚS & University College Dublin: Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work (NFQ Level 7) 2021/2022

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 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 format 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 access to a computer, internet access and printer to engage with the course learning.

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


  • Volunteering or working in a service (drug and alcohol field or 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.


  • 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 Wednesday 12th May 2021. 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: - https://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
29th Apr, 2021
Expiry Date
12th May, 2021