Study with us at george williams college

“George Williams College is the only UK institution providing integrated Youth Work learning pathways from Levels 1 to 7.”


We train and support new and existing practitioners working with Children, Young People, Families and Communities as well as helping organisations to evaluate and develop their practice. Our degree programmes are offered in partnership with Coventry University.

All this means whether volunteering a few hours a week in a community centre or wanting to develop a full-time career in the sector we have a course for you. Graduates will be able to pursue a professional youth work career in a variety of settings – the skills, approach and reflective practice you develop with the College are highly transferable to a wide range of careers − but have special relevance for those supporting learning and development in social work agencies, schools and colleges, residential settings, youth work, in community-based organisations, and the growing diverse field of youth.

  • A range of challenging experiences that will enhance your practice
  • Flexible study that can fit around work, life or other commitments
  • Experienced tutors and supervisors interested in your experience and learning style
  • An affordable means to build your competence (it offers competitive rates compared to other courses)
  • Opportunities to develop practice in international context

George Williams College also has access to an unparalleled international network. As part of the oldest and largest youth charity in the world, we help support and train people that reach over 58 million people. The college’s international connections and initiatives reach across Europe to Africa, India and North America.

Applying for study

Applying to study at George Williams College couldn’t be simpler. Whatever programme you’re interested in, we’ll help you through every step of the process.

Paying your fees

Next, you’ll need to complete the ‘Pay your fees’ section on the application form. You’ll need to tell us how you will be paying your course fees. Will this be the Student Loans Company (tuition fee loan), an employer (sponsored) or yourself (self-funded).

If you’re a self-funded student, you’ll need to pay your fees in full or set up an instalment agreement and pay the first instalment before starting your course. Not paying fees on time will affect your corse start date.

Disclosure and Barring Service

You’ll need to undergo an enhanced disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (a DBS check, previously known as a CRB check).

When applying for these courses and have received any criminal conviction at any time, you must declare it on your application. A criminal conviction in itself will not prevent you from studying one of these courses. We’ll take into account the nature of the offence, any sentence given and the time elapsed since sentence/conviction to decide whether you’re able to enrol on the course.

We’ll send you further information and instructions on obtaining an enhanced disclosure certificate should we decide that you are academically suitable for the course.

Criminal convictions

A relevant criminal conviction is one relating to offences against the person or offences that concern drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered relevant criminal convictions.

If you do have a relevant criminal conviction that is not spent, you must tell us about it when you apply. After we have decided on your academic suitability for study, we’ll ask you to provide information about your conviction.

A criminal conviction in itself will not prevent you from studying at YMCA George Williams College. We will consider the nature of the offence, any sentence given and the time elapsed since conviction/serving of sentence to decide whether are able to enrol on the course.

If you’d like to speak to someone in confidence about a criminal conviction that you have, please contact enquiries@ymca.ac.uk