Core studies

Level 1 Introductory studies

Introduction to youth work

Level 2 Certificate studies

Certificate in youth work practice

Level 3 Diploma studies

Youth work practice (37 credits)


Informal education (54 credits)

Helping, mentoring and community learning (54 credits)

Outdoor learning (54 credits)

Community sports development (54 credits)

Christian work with young people and communities (54 credits)

Social pedagogy and work with vulnerable young people (54 credits)

Social pedagogy in specialist education settings (54 credits)

Coming soon:

Social pedagogy in residential settings (54 credits)

Working in supported housing (54 credits)

Level 3 Housing studies

Find out about our new CIH Accredited Housing Practice Courses here.


Access to Higher Education Diploma (Informal Education and Community Learning and Development) (60 credits)


Applying for level 3 diploma courses + fee information


These flexible Diploma programmes are for anyone working with young people, children and adults in the community.

They aim to enable learners to explore their values and beliefs, engage more deeply with others to assist them in learning, identify and use resources within the community, and plan and evaluate their work.

What is the Diploma worth?

The standard 37 credit Diploma leads to a level 3 qualification endorsed by the Awarding Body Consortium (ABC). It can be used as a stand alone professional qualification.

We also offer a range of 54 credit courses validated by Laser Awards and, in addition, a formal access to higher education diploma worth a total of 60 credits. All these diplomas include a UK-wide youth work and a community learning and development qualification from CLD Scotland. Some have also been designed to meet the new standards for social pedagogy.

What will I study?

Click on the course title above for details.


Click for details of cost and how to apply.


Acknowledgement: The picture – standing out from the crowd – is by Hannah Lee. Sourced from Flickr and reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.