Youth Work & Community Practice (Foundation Entry)
This Youth Work & Community Practice degree is a professionally validated foundation entry course to help you become a qualified, experienced, and employable youth and community worker.
The Youth Work & Community Practice course is a new, exciting, innovative development taught via block learning, with placement opportunities available throughout the course.
The course can be studied online, making it flexible and achievable for someone working in the field.
You 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, you can gain a range of other awards through the course. These may include the following –
- First aid at work
- Writing risk assessments
- Sports coaching qualifications
- Counselling skills
The course is also directly linked to the Journal of Community Research, you will have the opportunity to submit a research paper to this peer reviewed journal.
Why study with us
- On completion of this degree, you’ll be a fully qualified youth worker with a nationally recognised professional qualification.
- This course has been carefully developed by youth work employers and professionals to ensure students are fully prepared for youth work employment after graduation.
- Our excellent industry links will give you placement opportunities that will support your career aspirations.
What you'll do
- You’ll be taught by an experienced course team that 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.
- You’ll be taught in a learning environment that will be very practical, with assessments created to be as practical and useful as possible. You will undertake placements in Youth Work or Community Practice throughout the course and will be expected to complete assessments which will affect policy and practice in those organisations.
- 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, which will ensure you leave university as a highly employable graduate ready for a career in youth work.
This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.
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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- 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.
After completing this course, students will be able to move directly into a wide range of careers including, but not limited to, youth work, teaching assistant, teaching (with the addition of a PGCE), community activism, local charity work, housing association work, working with young offenders, social care, social work (with additional qualifications), sports coaching, sports development, learning support and community policing.
Students will be supported throughout their programme of study by the University of Central Lancashire careers service but especially in their final year where they will be offered more intensive one-to-one appointments to consider their future.
Fees and Funding
Scholarships and Bursaries
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.
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This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community located in the Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information
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