BA (Hons)

Youth Work & Community Practice (Foundation Entry)

4 years
September 2024

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

  • Joint
    in the UK for graduate prospects (on track)
    Complete University Guide (Social Work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for research quality
    Complete University Guide (Social Work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for career prospects
    Guardian 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.
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Academic expertise

Jenny Lamb
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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…

Dr Ridwanah Gurjee
Principal Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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.

Future Careers

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

First year£9,250 for the first year
Full-time£9,250 per year
First year£16,400 for the first year
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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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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