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.
Why study with us
1stin the UK for graduate prospects (on track)Complete University Guide (Social Work)
- 2ndin the North West for research qualityComplete University Guide (Social Work)
- 2ndin the North West for career prospectsGuardian University Guide (Social work)
- 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.
- HUC110: Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
- HUC111: Developing Academic Knowledge
- HUC114: Target Award Extended Study
- HUC115: Learning by Experience
- VOC102: Volunteering and Safety Management
- VOC106: Volunteering and Community Action
HUC110: Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
This module provides you with a foundation in study skills by guiding you through the skills required to produce high quality academic work. Topics covered in the module include academic writing, referencing and critical analysis.
This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.
Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.
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.
Jenny is course leader for the BA (Hons) in Youth Work and Community Practice and teaches students on the community leadership programme and the community and social care foundation entry routes. Jenny is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of The Professional Asso...
Ridwanah - known as Riz - is Academic Lead for subjects in Community Leadership and Children, Schools and Families. Riz also leads the International activities within the school and has developed her specialism of peer mentoring, globally, with UCLan Students and young people fr...
- 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.
Fees and funding
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.
Care Leaver Bursary
Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
Estranged student support
Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.Find out more about Estranged student support
Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package.Find out more about Dependants Bursary
Foundation Year Bursary
Our Foundation Year Bursary Scheme is for students starting a 4 or 5 year Undergraduate Degree programme.Find out more about Foundation Year Bursary
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
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