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Course summary

Course Overview 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

  • 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 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.


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How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £9,250, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Youth Work and Community Practice (Foundation Entry) at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS