Community Development CPD

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is please to offer modules for Continuous Practice Development for those working in the community development sector. Modules on offer are outlined below.

Key Benefits

  • Increased knowledge, skills and competence in a range of community settings
  • Provides a solid practical and theoretical understanding of the Community Development Sector
  • Develop an understanding of the principles and processes that underpin social inclusion and equality
  • Familiarity with the principles and ethos of Community Development and its distinct approach to Community Empowerment
  • An increase in Cultural Competence, Cultural Awareness and Intercultural Communication
  • An opportunity to learn and apply experiences gained in working in the community sector

These modules are ideal for those working in the following areas:

  • Community Development & Services Sector
  • Equality & Social Justice
  • Inclusion & Equality
  • Anti-racism & Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Public Participation Networks
  • NGO’s & Not-For-Profits

Lectures are held one morning per week on a Thursday over the 12-week semester on-campus in Carlow College, St. Patrick’s.

  • Semester 1
    • 9.00am – 10.45am: Approaches to Working with Communities
    • 11.15am – 1.00pm: Equality & Diversity
  • Semester 2
    • 9.00am – 10.45am: Community Concepts
    • 11.15am – 1.00pm: Interculturalism and Intercultural Competence


Modules will be assessed by two assessments, an essay and a reflective learning log on learner participation and new found knowledge. All assessments will be continuous.

Applicants are required to have

  • Good proficiency and competence in both written and spoken English (B1 Standard in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or equivalent)
  • Moderate computer/laptop skills
  • Good communication skills

All participants will be enrolled as part-time students of Carlow College St Patrick’s and receive a Certificate acknowledging participation in each module.

Successful completion of one or all of the modules will gain 5 ECTS per module.

Each 5 credit module is €250.

Applications for CPD modules are made via the CPD Application Form

Applications for Semester 1 2023/24 modules close on 1st September 2023.

Stephanie McDermott

Lecturer in Community Studies

T:  059 9153200