Delivered by experienced and award-winning youth workers, this youth and community work degree will prepare you for a career working with children and young people in a range of settings, helping them to enhance their personal, social and educational development.
Throughout the youth and community work qualification you will expand your knowledge and skills to include critical, analytical and reflective thinking within a youth and community work setting. Our strong partnerships with local employers provide work placement opportunities to enhance your learning and employability.
On successful completion of our youth work course, you’ll not only graduate with a degree, but with a professionally recognised qualification that is recognised UK-wide by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and endorsed by Education and Training Standards Wales (ETS). Covering everything from Safeguarding to Informal Education methods and Facilitation skills, your study here will prepare you for this rewarding profession and career.
As well as attaining professionally qualified youth worker status, you will also be eligible to register with the Education Workforce Council (EWC).
What you will study
Year One: Youth and Community Work Degree
- Adolescence and Well-Being
- Academic Digital Skills for Research and Study
- Professional Values and Ethics in Youth Work
- Young People and Society
- Role of Youth and Community Worker 1
- Role of Youth and Community Worker 2
Year Two: Youth and Community Work Degree
- Youth Work Management Skills and Integrated Practice in the Community
- Developing Effective Youth and Community Work (2)
- Developing Effective Youth and Community Work (1)
- Global Youth Work and Community Development
- Research Methods
- Individual and Group Facilitation Skills
Year Three: Youth and Community Work Degree
Your final year explores how to become a critical and reflective professional. You can also specialise in the area of work with young people that interests you most through a research project and dissertation
- Becoming a Critical and Reflective Practitioner 1 (Leadership)
- Becoming a Critical and Reflective Practitioner 2 (Supervision)
The BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well-structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. Please note the integrated first year will be studied at Treforest Campus with the following three years of the degree at Newport City Campus.
A third of this youth and community work degree is practice-based, so you’ll have hands-on experience of working with young people. You will also be assigned a professional supervisor who can offer you one-to-one guidance. So you’ll see how what you learn in the classroom works in the real world and have relevant experiences to talk about at interview.
The University has established excellent partnerships with local employers, so you will have access to professionally qualified practitioners.
The work placements will specifically focus on developing your skills and abilities as a youth and community worker in training. The block placements will immerse you within the professional field and you will be expected to put your skills, knowledge and abilities into practice.
These placements will boost your confidence and overall knowledge of youth and community work. You will be equipped to:
- Use your skills, knowledge and abilities to build positive and effective relationships with young people
- Work in partnership with colleagues and partners and members of the community
- Develop innovative and creative learning opportunities
- Open the doors to opportunities for young people and engage them in a variety of different learning opportunities
- Link theory to practice
- Enhance, improve and raise your awareness of your employability skills and abilities as a professional qualified worker
There are also excellent opportunities to study and practice overseas. These intercultural experiences will improve your skill base and awareness of working with young people in a global context, as well as locally and nationally.
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