Diploma in youth work practice

This 37 credit, level 3 accredited programme explores working with young people and can lead on to further studies

What do you study?

This 37 credit programme is professionally accredited through ABC Awards.

All students study the following modules:

Introducing study – including exploring returning to studying; key themes of the programme and it works

Reflecting on our experiences – including looking at our experiences; attending to feelings; deepening understanding; working one-to-one; building relationships

Exploring helping – including thinking about helping, relationship, community development and participation

Facilitating informal education – including being an educator; trusting in conversation; fostering democracy and association; exploring refection and learning; living with values

Teaching and group work – including thinking about needs; designing programmes; teaching; managing groups; assessment and evaluation of activities; working with groups

Reflection on professional practice –  direct work with young people and communities

Students who are studying the 54 credit diploma then complete an additional module. While students that have elected for the 60 credit access award also complete a further project.

How does it work?

Students can apply for this diploma programme at anytime of the year. They are then registered at the nearest start point – January, May or September.

Most students complete these courses within 12 months. They learn through a using a mix of face-to-face practice, online forums, specially prepared interactive study materials (they can be used on mobile phones, tablets and computers or simply printed off), and activities and assignments. Students also have the support of a work place supervisor and a tutor. Materials, forums and activites are accessed, and work submitted, through our dedicated e-learning system ymoodle.

Diplomas are awarded on the basis of successful completion of a work based placement; written assignments and activities; regular meetings with a dedicated supervisor and line manager; and submission of final professional practice assessment package.


The College is also able to organise a taught version of the diploma for agencies that have a group of students who want to complete the course with the support of a tutor. Please contact us for further information.

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