School of Nursing and Human Sciences

Homeless Prevention and Intervention

Homeless Prevention and Intervention
CAO Code:
Course Type:
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see for further information
Delivery Modes
18 Months
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This programme involves the study of homelessness in society and the personal contexts and complex needs of people and families experiencing homelessness. The programme aims to help practitioners in homeless related services to develop knowledge and skills in the prevention of homelessness and in the use of effective, supportive interventions with people encountering homelessness. The programme is developed in collaboration with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive and a range of Irish Homelessness agencies. 

The Certificate programme consists of three ten credit modules which you will take on a part-time basis over 3 semesters (one module per semester). The programme is delivered using a mixture of in class seminars and workshops in DCU and online lectures, learning activities and exercises via DCU online learning platforms.

Each module requires approximately 42 hours of direct engagement with online/classroom activity as well as self-directed study time.

In the Undergraduate Certificate in Homeless Prevention and Intervention you will study:

  • Concepts, definitions and classifications of homelessness; socio-economic, personal and health-related factors that influence pathways to homelessness; homeless prevention strategies
  • The experience of homelessness and its effects on the health and social functioning of individuals and families
  • The process and practice of effective assessment, support planning and case management in relation to
    • socio-economic needs and function (finance, housing, education, employment, inclusion)
    • physical/mental health and substance use
    • family needs and function
    • methods and processes of working collaboratively with service users and health/social care agencies
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We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 


Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.


Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U. The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUFM. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.


Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

‘Having worked with homelessness services for 12 years, I felt the work on the course cemented my experiences in these diverse and changing services. This recognised certificate lays the groundwork for interested workers who need an informative, reality based, broad, frontline approach to the delivery of advocacy based services in these dynamic and challenging times.’  Project Worker

As a graduate of this course, you will have achieved a 3rd level undergraduate certificate specifically related to the contexts, needs and effective support interventions among people who experience homelessness. In addition to improving your knowledge and competence in working and developing practice in this area, you will have enhanced your professional profile and will therefore have a competitive edge in future employment and promotion. Some of our recent graduates have opted for further undergraduate or postgraduate study in DCU and elsewhere. 

In addition to improving your knowledge and competence in working and developing practice in this area, you’ll enhance your professional profile. You’ll broaden your career horizons, to include the areas of:

Career Tags
Support Intervention and Planning


General Entry Requirements

Your current role should involve working (including assessment and support planning)with people experiencing homelessness 

Educational attainment at Leaving Certificate level or equivalent (further information is available from the Course Co-ordinator)

Access to and ability to use a computer

FET Level 5

No Entry Path

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.


Full time

EU Status Fee

Next Steps

Make an Application

You can apply by downloading the application form which can be found here. Responses should be typewritten on the form and one passport photo attached. Completed application forms should be emailed to Admissions at Closing date Friday 10th June 2022.