BA (Hons)

Youth Work & Community Practice

Youth Worker – Level 6
3 years
September 2024

Gain real-life experience in a youth work setting on our Youth Work & Community Practice Degree Apprenticeship. The course is professionally validated by the JNC (Joint Negotiating Committee).

Why study with us

  • You'll graduate from this course as a professionally qualified youth worker.
  • You'll learn first-hand how to engage with young people and support them in their personal and social development.
  • By completing this apprenticeship, you'll have a solid foundation of practical experience and academic knowledge, which can help you advance your career.

Why choose a Degree Apprenticeship? 

With a Degree Apprenticeship, you get a great qualification and a career boost. It’s the perfect opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through work-based learning, as you earn.

You’ll grow and nurture your talent through the forward-thinking businesses we collaborate with.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you work with young people aged between 8 and 25 years old. It will be valuable if you're interested in developing the practical skills needed to be a qualified youth worker.

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What our apprentices say

I’m at the beginning of my degree apprenticeship but already feel like I’m living my dream. I’m building a career, gaining practical experience and it’s fully funded.
UCLan Degree Apprenticeship Youth Worker Maryam Ali
Maryam Ali
Youth Worker Degree Apprentices
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What you'll do

  • Our lecturers have all worked as professional youth workers in the last five years, we understand the sector.
  • The course is based at the Burnley campus where you will have the benefit of great facilities but a local feel.
  • In addition to your degree, you 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.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Who better to give you the lowdown on university life than one of our students? They’ll guide you around our friendly campus, show you our facilities and happily chat about what life is really like here.

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  • This course is professionally accredited by the JNC. They recognise youth and community workers' qualifications which have been professionally approved by the Education Training Standards (ETS) Committee of the National Youth Agency. They endorse youth support worker qualifications and have a process of professional validation for higher education programmes.
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Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

    We offer a range of support and services to help all apprentices, but you may need a little extra assistance if you have been in Local Authority care and don’t have support from your parents. Find out more about our Care Leaver Bursary for our Degree Apprentice students.

    Find out more about Degree Apprentice Care Leaver Bursary

Information for employers

You'll employ an apprentice to do a real job while they study for a formal qualification one day a week at our Burnley Campus.

This course meets Apprenticeship Standards. Your apprentice will have the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen career or progress to the next apprenticeship level.

Benefits to the employer

  • Successful graduates will have an internationally recognised qualification. This will show your organisation's commitment to great quality youth work.
  • Apprenticeships can provide a way to develop your business and the leaders of tomorrow. You'll also be creating a more motivated and productive workforce.
  • Apprenticeships can provide a way to develop your workforce. They can help ensure staff stay up to date with current policy and good practices in youth work.

This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page