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Youthwork - Games for Youth Engagement

The overall objective is to equip youth workers with skills and analytical capabilities in engaging young people in youth work through the medium of Games. This course will be informed by an understanding of youth work principals and practice and will review the application of games as experiential learning. Students will also be exposed to the place of games in youth culture and will be equipped with games design skills.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be actively involved in youth work either as a volunteer or a paid employee working at least 5 hours per week with a registered youth work organisation or project. Candidates will need to have demonstrated an adequate level of English, for example IELTS 5.5.


The Certificate is delivered over two Semesters.
Number of Weeks: 30

Online Lectures: There will be online lectures and reading material provided to be accessed over 2 evenings per week, the content will take approximately 3 hours per session to complete. The time that these sessions can be accessed will be at the discretion of the student

Seminar: There will be one seminar each semester at the LIT Thurles Campus, at which all students will be expected to attend.

Webinar: Each month there will be a 3 hour Webinar.

Workplace Learning: Students will be expected to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week working/volunteering in a youth work setting.

Further enquiries

For further information: Dept of Flexible Learning
Tel: 0504 28112 Email:

For academic related queries: Paul Keating

Subjects taught

All students will complete the modules on Critical Youth Work Theory on successful completion of which the student will undertake specific modules in Games for Youth Engagement.

Block Introduction to Critical Youth Work Theory
1. Critical Youth Work Theory
2. Collaboration in Youth Work
3. Global Youth Work and Development Education.

Block Games for Youth Engagement
1. Games and Youth Engagement
2. Digital Games in Contemporary Youth Culture
3. Designing Games for Youth Work Practice


Certificate in Global Youth Work and Development Education (Special Purpose Award Level 9, 30 Credits).

Location: Online Delivery with one seminar each
month at the LIT Thurles Campus

Assessment method

There will be a cross modular project for each block constituting 40% marks for each module. The subject of this will be agreed with the host youth organisation. There will be an essay or project for each module worth 40%. Students will complete a series of online questions based on the lectures which will count for 20% of the module mark.

Course fee


Fees for programmes offered through Flexible Learning differ from programme to programme. Check the details in the handbook. In some cases particular criteria apply in terms of fee payments.

If you wish to pay by cheque, bank draft or postal order, please make payable to Limerick Institute of Technology and submit with your completed registration form to the Department of Flexible Learning.

Payment by credit or debit card is possible at any time during office opening hours either in person or by telephone. If you are registering by post and wish to pay by credit or debit card, simply tick the relevant box and a member of the Flexible Learning team will contact you to take the payment by telephone.

Where fees are being paid by an employer or other third party, a sponsorship agreement must be completed by the student and employer and issued to LIT. Invoices will only be issued to employers/third parties when this is completed.

Payment of programme fees must be received from the employer prior to commencement of the programme. In the event that invoices have not been paid prior to the commencement of a programme, the student will be required to pay the fee and subsequently claim it back from his/her employer.

Please note that for security reasons, we are unable to accept cash payments.

All programme fees must be paid in full before the commencement of a programme, unless otherwise indicated. Receipts will be issued to students or employer/third party upon payment of fees. Students should retain receipts as charges may apply for issuing copies, and in some cases reissuing will not be possible.

Enrolment and start dates

Commencing in September and January

You can apply or register for your programme of choice using one of the following methods:
• Online: Go to and hit the 'Apply Now' button on the relevant course page.
• Email: Send a completed form to
• By Post: Send your completed form to the relevant office in Limerick or Thurles.
• In Person: Call to our Limerick or Thurles office to submit your form in person.

Application/Registration cannot be completed over the phone.

Make sure you complete all sections of your application form and attach all relevant information as outlined on the form.

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