Newman University, Birmingham

Youth and Community Work Newman University, Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

TEF Silver

Newman University, Birmingham has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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This is one of the few professional youth work courses in the West Midlands which will provide you with the opportunity to meet national standards. You will benefit from Newman’s considerable experience and reputation in the areas of teacher education, child development and community engagement and be taught by a strong youth and community work led teaching team, most of whom have had direct experience in the field and present at international conferences. Studying Youth and Community Work at Newman will not only enable you to gain professional Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognition, which you require to practise as a youth worker in the UK, but you also get to choose an optional pathway in a practice-based setting.

How will this course be delivered?
This course is delivered by both Solihull College & University Centre, and Newman University staff. You will spend time in lectures, seminars, and workshops on both campuses. You will be enrolled at both institutions.

Course details


Modules will cover: Year 1 - Applied Reflective Practice; Independent Learner; Reflective Practice; Principles and practice of youth and community work; Thinking Sociologically, psychologically and politically or Religions and Politics in Contemporary Britain; Working with communities; Group work and Understanding self. Year 2 Applied reflective practice 2; Research skills; Supervision studies; Critical pedagogy; Intersectionality; Y& C W in context or Issues in Contemporary Ethics; The social, political and psychological construction of youth. Year 3 - Youth Worker as Researcher; Professional studies; Advanced critical practice; Negotiating and managing educational programmes; Management and safeguarding; plus options in Youth and Crime, Spirituality, Global and International Youth work; Mysticism East and West or Holistic Education or Virtues and Values. Some modules are mandatory and some are optional.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Joint Negotiating Committee for Youth and Community Workers

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L530
Institution code N36
Campus name Newman University
Campus code N

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points, including a minimum of CC at A Level or equivalent (e.g. MM at BTEC Diploma or MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.
A level CCC You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points, including a minimum of CC at A Level or equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points, including a minimum of MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma towards the total tariff.
Access to HE Diploma Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9 M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Language or a recognised equivalent, are also required.

Those who have studied youth work though FE, local authority or voluntary organisation work based learning courses (e.g. Level 2 Introduction to Youth Work, Level 3 Foundation in Youth Work) may be accepted at a lower level than that stated above. Exceptionally those who have no qualifications will be accepted if they have considerable experience of youth work (normally 300 hours verified by the employer(s) concerned) and have satisfactorily completed the written exercise.

Interview Process

As part of the conditions of our professional endorsement, we interview all students. This is a four-stage process. All students begin by applying through UCAS. Applications received by the Admissions Team are then reviewed and those meeting the criteria are called to interview.

The interview process consists of

1) An introduction to the course and the college,
2) A group discussion (part of assessing aptitude to becoming a worker and ability to function and conceptualise at degree level),
3) An unseen written exercise (part of assessing both academic ability and aptitude to becoming a worker)
4) An individual interview (part of assessing aptitude to becoming a worker and ability to function and conceptualise at a degree level).

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

If your work placement involves working with children or vulnerable adults a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and is required before starting any work placement.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees shown are for 2019/20 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Provider information

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Newman University, Birmingham
Genners Lane
Bartley Green
B32 3NT

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Additional information

We will be on the phones and online from 7am-5:30pm Thursday 16th August, 8:30am-5:30pm Friday 17th August 8.30am-1.00pm Saturday 18th August and back again at 8:30am Monday 20th August all through the week between 8:30am-5:30pm. Out of office hours - 24 hour answerphone

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0121 476 1181

Fax: 0121 476 1196