Course Title
Faculty of Science and Health

Homeless Prevention and Intervention

Certificate in Homeless Prevention and Intervention

  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • Delivery Modes Part-Time
  • Duration 18 Months

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€2,037
  • Non EU Fees€2,037
About fees & requirements

This course 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.

This Certificate will help you enhance your existing attributes and skills. You’ll examine issues of homelessness in society and the personal contexts and complex needs of people and families experiencing homelessness.

The course consists of three modules delivered on a part-time basis over 18 months, with attendance required in two-day blocks every four to five weeks during term.

Why do this course?

  • The first and only course in Ireland specifically related to the contexts, needs and holistic assessment and support of people who experience homelessness
  • Partnership approach with major stakeholders in the Homeless sector (The Homeless Executive) in the design and delivery of the course and in supporting students in practice
  • Innovative teaching methodologies place students’ learning styles, needs and preferences at the core of teaching and learning activity
  • Course material is informed by contemporary, evidence-based research, practice and policy
  • Course assessments involve critical thinking and engagement with the challenges of practice

Student Voice

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, front line approach to the delivery of advocacy based services in these dynamic and challenging times.

Noel Russell, Project Worker, Focus Ireland

About the course

The Certificate consists of three modules which you will take on a part-time basis over 18 months. The course involves attendance in two day blocks every four-five weeks during university semesters.

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

  • Concepts, definitions and classifications of homelessness; socio-economic and personal factors that influence pathways to homelessness; homeless prevention strategies
  • The experience of homelessness and its effects on a person’s/ family’s health and social functioning
  • The process and practice of effective assessment, support planning and case management in relation to- socio-economic needs (finance, housing, education, employment) - family functioning issues - physical health problems - mental health and substance use problems
  • Methods and processes of working collaboratively with service users and health/social care agencies
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Course Life

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.


Exceptional Facilities

DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment.

Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


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:

  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Mentor
  • Outreach
  • 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

QQI 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.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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 sent to Admissions, Registry, Henry Grattan Building, Dublin City University, Dublin 9.  Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 12th June 2020.

Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

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Certificate in Homeless Prevention and Intervention Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Part Time €0 €2,037 €2,037