Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Glyndŵr University (Prifysgol Glyndŵr)

Youth and Community Work (JNC) (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

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This is an exciting course, specially designed for those wanting to work positively with children, young people, marginalised groups and communities. *It has been ranked first in Wales for learning community in the National Student Survey 2019 (WGU analysis of National Survey of Students 2019). Successful completion of the Foundation Year will also lead to an Agored Cymru Level 2 & Level 3 Youth Work accreditation. Through this course, you can gain a professional youth work qualification endorsed by Education Training Standards Wales with over a third of your time in placement activities. Successful completion of the course will allow you to register with the Education Workforce Council in Wales as a Youth Worker. There is also the option to study a faith-based route in the first year and exit with a Certificate in Higher Education Youth and Community Work (faith-based), or to top up the full degree and JNC Qualification*. As well as placement opportunities in Wales and the UK, there are also opportunities for a part-funded placement through the Erasmus programme with a university in Europe. The youth and community department at Wrexham Glyndwr University is regarded as the “home of youth work in Wales”, having offered education and training to the youth and community sector for more than 43 years. As such the department has excellent links with employers across North Wales, North West England, and the Midlands, and it works in partnership with organisations across the statutory, voluntary and third sector. Please be aware it may be necessary to work outside of normal working hours, e.g. during evenings or over weekends, whilst on placement due to the nature of this profession. Students on the faith-based route that wish to gain the full JNC professional qualification will need to complete a further 20 credit module at level 4 Key Course Features: •Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further years of study. •A degree programme with professional endorsement, and course content aligned with National Occupational and Professional Standards in the sector. •Opportunities for continuing professional development through additional training opportunities and professional networking on a course with strong links with employers and local training providers. •Learn and gain experience with 800 hours of supervised fieldwork practice, with a placement in each year of study. This can be in a variety of settings either in the UK or internationally. •Start the academic year with a learning experience with a partner project to see youth work skills in action. •Develop skills in teamwork, positive communication, working with groups and individuals, reflective practice and leading others. •Develop knowledge and core skills for youth work practice and informal education that are transferable to work with children, young people and adults in a range of different settings. •1st in Wales for learning community in the National Student Survey 2019 (WGU analysis of National Survey of Students 2019).

Course details


YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR) The Youth and Community Work Foundation year will introduce students to the theories of Youth and Community Work and how they can be applied and evidenced in practice. Students will be given an overview of the concept of young people’s development, anti discriminatory practice, as well as 100 hours placement opportunity. You will gain the necessary skills to work with young people and communities, as well as the academic skills to progress further in Higher Education. MODULES • The Skills You Need - This module aims to ensure that you develop key academic, personal and professional skills required for successful study at High Education. The module focuses on developing the necessary practical, intellectual and communication skills to allow you to progress through the Honours Degree and prepare students for employment and further study. • Youth and Community Work in Practice 1 - This module aims to give youth and community work students an overview of youth work practice and theory. It is an opportunity for students to apply learning from class in a practice environment; focussing on theory of youth work and reflective practice, whilst ensuring they work towards safeguarding themselves and others. This module contains 50 hours of placement activity. • Young People’s Development - This module explores the concepts of adolescence and young people’s physical, emotional and psychological development; analysing how this impacts on young people’s lives, and the role of the youth and community worker in supporting young people through the transition into adulthood. • Contextual Studies - This module aims to introduce students to a broad variety of contemporary issues to stimulate discussion and debate. It will enable students to relate their area of interest to the issues presented. • Youth and Community Work Practice 2 - Building on learning from Youth and Community Work Practice 1, students will develop more advanced knowledge and skills for youth and community work practice. This will include an understanding of the importance of conversation and dialogues in building professional relationships, the ability to plan and deliver group work activities, and recognising the causes of challenging behaviour. This module contains 50 hours of placement activity. • Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Youth and Community Work - This module supports the student to reflect on their own values in relation to anti-discriminatory practice in youth and community work. It will explore how prejudice and discrimination impact on youth and community work delivery and the barriers that young people face in society. YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4) In year two you will study the values and principles of youth and community work, creative skills and group work, and develop a knowledge of safeguarding and multi-agency working. MODULES • Placement 1 - Preparation for Professional Practice • Values and Principles of Youth and Community Work • Working Creatively with Groups • Working Together to Safeguard Others • Theological Reflection (option) YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) MODULES • Placement 2 - Integrating Professional Practice • Political and Sociological Perspectives in Youth and Community Work • International Youth Work • Research Methods YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) MODULES • Placement 3 – Leading in Professional • Research • Leading in Contemporary Youth and Community Work Practice • Professional Supervision • Critical Analysis of Education in Youth and Community Work The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

Assessment methods include in-practice tasks, reports, essays and presentations. You will need to undertake a dissertation as part of your final assessment. Teaching and learning Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available. The course is delivered using a range of inclusive and interactive methods that model the values and principles of the sector, these include face-to-face as well as online learning activities, lectures, small group work, individual tutorials and supervision sessions, online and blended learning, guided independent study, and work-based placement activities. Throughout the duration of the full degree programme you will be involved with 3600 hours of learning (1200 per academic year for a full time student), this will normally include 800 placement hours in total over three years, and remaining hours will be distributed between scheduled learning activities and guided personal study. Typically, taught sessions will be held over two week days each trimester, with remaining days set aside for placement work and/or personal study. There will be a block placement opportunity at Level 5. Assessment methods used across modules will include: essays, reflective writing tasks, individual and group presentations, practice-based portfolios, and project reports, research reports.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course code4KWS
Institution code G53
Campus nameWrexham
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points Our general entry requirement for the foundation year is 48 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications as well as motivation and potential to succeed. The programme welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.
A level EEE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma 48 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher 48 UCAS Tariff points
AS Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP
Scottish Advanced Higher 48 UCAS Tariff points
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 48 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff point requirement.
Extended Project Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 48 UCAS Tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 48 UCAS Tariff points

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Youth and Community Work (JNC) (with Foundation Year) at Glyndwr University, Wrexham - UCAS