BA hons in youth work

UCAS Code L541 ft blended learning

The programme is approved by the National Youth Agency, providing eligibility to practice as a professionally qualified Youth Worker, recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC). The qualification is transferrable to a wide range of careers working with young people, families and communities.

The studies are informed by the College’s value base and commitment to social justice. We encourage and support reflective and professional practice, whilst placing a strong emphasis on the integration of theory and practice.

We use a blended distance learning approach delivered over 3 years that combines a rich mix of lectures, study days, online resources, phone and email support. Study days and residentials include workshops, guest speakers, one to ones and group supervision.

Why study with us?

The BA (Hons) degree course provides:

  • 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 contexts
  • Youth Work, Community Learning and Development and Social Pedagogy
  • Children, young people, and families
  • Human growth and development
  • Understanding the social context
  • Pedagogy, learning and development
  • Helping and counselling skills
  • Teaching and group work
  • Working with networks and systems
  • Management and leadership
  • Professional judgement and ethics
  • Evaluation, critical reflection and research

This course is studied full-time over three years. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you; will be available for advice; and will facilitate study days.

Students often are already working in a relevant practice setting – and the bulk of their professional practice can usually be undertaken there. You will also be assigned a practice supervisor (employed by us and having no managerial responsibility for you) to help you reflect on, and develop, your practice.

On-line learning resources can accessed and used at any time and are available through our virtual learning environment: ymoodle.org. They have been designed for print, screen, smartphone, and kindle.

Study days and residentials include talks, workshop group work, student presentations, skills development, guest speakers, one-to-ones and group supervision.

In any one academic year you can expect the following approximate breakdown of teaching hours:

  • Professional supervision 8 hours
  • Study days and tutorials 44 hours
  • Residential  22 hours
  • Face-to-face practice 360 hours
  • International experience opportunities

The College is part of worldwide movement that actively works in 119 countries reaching over 58 million people. In addition, the College has been active within the Commonwealth Youth Programme. A number of students have been able to take advantage of these networks to explore practice in different parts of the globe.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments, projects, and assessments will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your feedback will refer the outcomes, For academic work there will be an overall percentage grade.

  • Assessment methods vary and can include; assignments, projects, self-assessment, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations and tutorial tasks and activities
  • Outcomes related to professional practice are either met or not met. There is no percentage grading
  • An estimated percentage breakdown of your final academic grade assessment is as follows;
  • Formal examinations 5%
  • Coursework 95%
  • Teaching contact hours

The College is looking for people who possess certain knowledge, skills and attitudes. Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience in the field of youth and community learning and development, education and learning, social pedagogy, playwork, social work or a related area
  • The ability to reflect critically upon their experience and learn from it
  • The capacity to participate in the learning processes of the programme
  • The ability to work constructively with the experiences of others
  • An informed commitment to work for equal opportunities and justice for all
  • The ability to manage different aspects of their lives;
  • The ability to communicate with others both face-to-face and in writing

These requirements are assessed via applicants’ application documents and interview.

For entry to level 1 of the Honours degree programmes, the College is looking for the above qualities to be displayed at a particular level of ability.  The benchmark used by the College is that for entry to the programme people must have prior qualification, or knowledge and skills equivalent to passes in two subjects at Advanced level or NVQ level 3 or equivalent.

Applicants over 21 do not need to have passed such examinations to get on the programmes – but they must show that they are thinking and practising at least at that level.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate the appropriate level of practice as well as a positive disposition towards the core aspects of professionalism required for youth work, social pedagogy and community learning and development.

If students have not qualified at NVQ level 3 standards as above, they will normally be expected to have practiced in the field for at least two years. They must show that their practice is safe and that they are reliable. They must be able to: work on their own initiative; carry out routine procedures; respond appropriately to situations as they are occurring; plan ahead; describe their abilities and provide examples as evidence for their statements.

Fees kept low. We believe in making good quality higher education more accessible to everyone.

You work on one academic module at a time. This means you can specialise in each subject without the distraction and multiple deadlines.

For the academic year 2019/20, the fee is £6500

  • Funding As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees from Student Finance England.

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If you would like to discuss any of the above or have a course tailored to your needs, please contact our HIgher Education Coordinator hecoordinator@ymca.ac.uk

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 work.

If you have any questions, would like more information, contact our enquiries team on 0207 540 4900 or email hecoordinator@ymca.ac.uk.

Currently we are not taking any new applications for this course.