About this course
This is a full-time course for graduates of any academic field seeking the professional qualification in Youth and Community Work. Successful completion of the course results in the National Youth Agency endorsed professional qualification, which leads to a wide variety of interesting, diverse and rewarding career prospects. There are an increasing number of graduates entering this field. Take a look at nya.org.uk for more information.
It provides you with the opportunity to develop professional practice through the integration of theory and practice. Workplace experience forms a key aspect of the learning process with an 18 hours per week placement between October and March.
This course is one of our routes to achieving the youth work professional qualification, including full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, whether you are already working in the area or not. Our undergraduate course, Youth and Community Work BA(Hons), has been offered since 1995.
The course was developed with the involvement of people in the profession who continue to support and help develop the course through our course committees, supporting student placements and giving guest lectures. Our staff have a wealth of experience, are actively involved in research and have a strong involvement in the field.
Our course was revalidated unconditionally in 2009 by the National Youth Agency, the professional body, with praise for its content and approach.
- A degree or equivalent
- Commitment to the values of youth and community work and to the requirements of the course
- Some experience of working with young people or communities in a paid or voluntary basis.
- Criminal records and health check for suitability for the profession.
- Criminal records bureau and health checks are carried out during the interview process. There is a charge for the criminal record bureau clearance of currently £44 (May 2011). You don't need to do anything to apply; we let you know what you need to do during the interview process.
We would like to encourage you to make an application as early as possible. You are more likely to complete all the processes required to gain a place on the course if you apply in the autumn/spring before the course starts. This is especially important because of the need to complete health and criminal records bureau checks. Leaving applying late may mean that we have no places left.