Youth Work and Community Practice

Youth Work and Community Practice BA (Hons)

Please note this course will not be running at our Burnley Campus in September 2020, but will be available from September 2021

The Youth Work and Community Practice course is a new, exciting, innovative development taught via block learning, with students undertaking placements throughout the course. 

The course can be studied online, making it flexible and achievable for someone working in the field.

Students will have the opportunity to study modules relating to young people in sport, or young people’s mental health, in addition to core modules in youth work and community practice making it a relevant and modern course.

The course has been developed closely with the team from CVCL, offering placements and opportunities in over 300 voluntary sector organisations and benefiting from the expertise of a team that has working with the voluntary sector for over twenty years.

In addition to the JNC Professional Qualification, students can gain a range of other awards through the course. These may include the following –

  • First aid at work
  • Writing risk assessments
  • Safeguarding
  • Sports coaching qualifications
  • Mentoring
  • Counselling skills

The course is also directly linked to the Journal of Community Research, students will have the opportunity to submit a research paper to this peer reviewed journal.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full time - 3 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus or eLearning, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

  • UCAS Code:

  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:

    September and January

  • Opportunities to gain extra qualifications whilst you study
  • Opportunities to complete placements in exciting and unique fields
  • The course is linked directly to The Centre for Volunteering & Community Leadership and the Freire Institute

Course Overview

Year 1


  • Placement 1 - SW1001
  • Communication Skills & Working with Young People - SW1000
  • Policy, Practise & Legislation - VO1018
  • Safeguarding & Child Protection - SW1002


  • Youth Dialogue - SW1003
  • Social Justice - SW1067
  • Coaching Toolkit - TL1110 (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Counselling and Person Centred Counselling Skills - CG1010
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CG1002

Year 2


  • Placement 2 (40 credits) - SW2002
  • Contemporary Issues for Young People - SW2001
  • Psychology of Youth & Community - SW2003


  • Youth Development - VO2005
  • Theory and Practise of Youth & Community Work - SW2004
  • School & Community Sports Development - TL2098
  • Talent Pathways - TL2072
  • Intermediate Counselling Skills in Practise - CG2010
  • Perspectives on Mental Health - CG2002

Year 3


  • Placement 3 (40 credits) - SW3019
  • Research project (40 credits) - VO3002


  • Managing difficult situations - SW3007
  • Equality, Diversity & Anti-Oppressive Practice - SW3009
  • Developing Sport in Practise - TL3171 (40 credits)
  • Integration and Contemporary Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy - CG3010

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

At least 80 UCAS points or two years relevant experience.

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The learning environment will be very practical, with assessments created to be as practical and useful as possible, students will undertake placements in Youth Work or Community Practice throughout their course and will be expected to complete assessments which will affect policy and practice in those organisations. All the course team have come from Youth Work or Community Practice backgrounds and have experience in youth work, youth justice, child sexual exploitation, international community work, leadership, action research, mentoring, homelessness, environmentalism, mental health and sports development.

The course leader is Jenny Lamb, whose research interest lies with young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training). You will also be taught by Dr Ridwanah Gurjee who is a leading expert on the impact of mentoring and Yasmeen Ali who has extensive experience running international youth leadership conferences and whose research on the impact of peer to peer leadership has been published recently.

Industry Links

The course is linked to over three hundred community partners across the country meaning you will have the opportunity to complete placements in areas that are exciting and interesting.

The course leader is engaged in innovative research with young people and is a member of the Centre for Young People’s Participation at UCLan. The course team are all members of The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work and active members of The National Council of Voluntary Organisations, our links are current and wide ranging and mean you will be being taught by tutors with access to the latest in policy developments and research.

The programme will give you a wealth of experience and knowledge, leaving you prepared for employment on graduation.

Professional Accreditation

  • Joint Negotiating Committed professional qualification (JNC).
  • Students will also receive a CPD award in safeguarding, a CPD award in writing risk assessments, a first aid at work qualification and will have the opportunity to complete an ILM in Mentoring. 

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.


Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.