Certificate in Volunteering

Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages

  • Aim of Programme

    Aim of Programme

    This unique programme sets out to recognise and reward the great contribution so many are making in society through their efforts in a voluntary capacity. It also seeks to assist them through the creation of a common language and understanding of the dynamics of volunteerism. Participants must currently be engaged in volunteering to be eligible to attend as the assessment will be around your practice in that volunteering role. The minimum volunteering time required to pass the module is 40 hours or three or four hours per week over one semester.

    Assessment is based on the student’s reflective report and presentation and not the outcome or impact of the volunteering activity.

    Online / Blended

    • 6
      NFQ Level
    • 10

    Programme Content

    Programme Content

    • The theory of volunteerism and the contribution of volunteerism to the benefit of society.

    • The role of volunteering organisations (charities, sporting and other)

    • Volunteerism-preparation, planning, project design and management in the volunteer domain

    • Self-awareness, reflection and reflective practice

    • Motivation, teams and teamwork

    • Social, political, ethical and legal considerations regarding volunteering

    • Fundraising, legal and ethical management of funding raised

    • Social Inequalities and power dynamic issues for host groups and communities

    • Experiential learning as a volunteer, personal development, debriefing and professional boundaries

    • Personal healthcare, self-care and security including personal time management and planning

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Mature applicants (i.e over 23 years)


    Leaving Certificate – Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate.

    Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish)


    any QQI Level 5 (Full award with a minimum of eight modules)


    Recognition of Prior Learning.  (APL/APEL)





    Induction for the 2022/2023 academic year takes place (online via Zoom) on Saturday 10th September from 930am to 1pm. In advance, you will be required to review Pre Induction reading material, available to you on www.aitflexiblelearning.ie.

    During Induction, you will be given the opportunity to:

    • Meet your programme lecturers, programme co-ordinator and students
    • Overview of the programme handbook, programme’s modules, assessments and delivery timetable
    • Introduction to TUS operating systems including MS Office, Zoom, Moodle etc
    • Outline of the learning supports available to you during the programme





    12 Weeks

    Monday 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm (online)

    For online programmes, lectures will be delivered online and recordings of lectures will be available to view in the student’s own time.

    Programme Fee



    Monday, September 12th 2022


    [email protected]

  • Please refer to our Quick Help Guide  for step by step instructions for online application.

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