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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

If you currently work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, this course will help you develop your skills in the assessment and prevention of homelessness, and of support interventions in this area.

This Certificate will help you enhance your existing attributes and skills so that you can make a greater impact on a critical issue our communities. 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 delivered on a part-time basis over 18 months. The course involves attendance in two-day blocks every four to five weeks during semester.

Students study the following topics:

  • Concepts, definitions and classifications of homelessness; socioeconomic 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 socioeconomic needs (finance, housing, education, employment)

  • Physical health, 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.


Some graduates opt for further undergraduate or postgraduate study courses such as BSc Mental Health Nursing, MA in Development, MSc in Psychotherapy.

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

FETAC 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, Dublin City University, Dublin 9.  Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday 1st June 2018.