Delivered by experienced and award-winning youth workers, this youth and community work degree will prepare you for a career working with children and young people in a range of settings, helping them to enhance their personal, social and educational development. Throughout the youth and community work qualification you will expand your knowledge and skills to include critical, analytical and reflective thinking within a youth and community work setting. Our strong partnerships with local employers provide work placement opportunities to enhance your learning and employability.
On successful completion of our youth work course, you’ll not only graduate with a degree, but with a professionally recognised qualification that is recognised UK-wide by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and endorsed by Education and Training Standards Wales (ETS). Covering everything from youth and community work to informal education methods and facilitation skills, your study here will prepare you for this rewarding profession. You will learn how to support and motivate young people to access opportunities that will enhance their development. As well as attaining professionally qualified youth worker status, you could also qualify as a specialist in youth justice by choosing a specific pathway, which includes a bespoke Youth Justice module.
Your final year explores how to become a critical and reflective professional. You can also specialise in the area of work with young people that interests you most through a research project and dissertation
Students can also qualify as a youth and community worker through our innovative specialised pathway Youth and Community Work – Youth Justice.
The BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme. Please note the integrated first year will be studied at Treforest Campus with the following three years of the degree at Newport City Campus. Find out more: Foundation Year (Social Sciences)
All of the Youth and Community Work Team at USW come from a practice background, and most are still youth workers. This means our lectures are up-to-date and linked to current practice and policy.
You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including written assignments, portfolio building, placement assessor reports, presentations, critiquing journal articles and peer assessment.
The BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work degree is recognised UK-wide by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and endorsed by Education and Training Standards Wales (ETS).
A third of this youth and community work degree is practice-based, so you’ll have hands-on experience of working with young people. You will also be assigned a professional supervisor who can offer you one-to-one guidance. So you’ll see how what you learn in the classroom works in the real world and have relevant experiences to talk about at interview.
The University has established excellent partnerships with local employers, so you will have access to professionally qualified practitioners.
The work placements will specifically focus on developing your skills and abilities as a youth and community worker in training. The block placements will immerse you within the professional field and you will be expected to put your skills, knowledge and abilities into practice.
These placements will boost your confidence and overall knowledge of youth and community work. You will be equipped to:
There are also excellent opportunities to study and practice overseas. These intercultural experiences will improve your skill base and awareness of working with young people in a global context, as well as locally and nationally.
Mick Conroy, course leader
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
Tutors will explain the course content and you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions in addition to us assessing your suitability for the Youth and Community Work course.
BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances.
You may also apply if you feel you have a relevant career history and experience of working with young people. This will usually include the following:
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Field Trips: Study Tour Zimbabwe||£2000||
|Field Trips : European Exchange Activity||£200||
Year 1 (Enhanced check, online admin fee and post office checks)
|DBS Updating Service||£13||
£13 cost is for update service if required
|Other: Travel Costs for Professional Training Placements||£0 - £500||
Students need to cover their transport costs for their professional training placements. Year 1, 2 and 3
The Helen Kegie Bursary is aimed at students aiming to study within the subject areas of Social Work, Youth Work or Early Years, who have a permanent postal address with a CF or NP postcode and come from a low-income background. See more information about the Helen Kegie Bursary.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
On successful completion of the youth and community work course, you will have gained a qualification that is professionally recognised UK-wide by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and endorsed by Education and Training Standards Wales (ETS). You will be able to work in partnership with young people, and communities within the context of current policy. As a youth and community worker, you will work in a variety of settings utilising individual and group work, mentoring and communication skills with individuals and groups.
On completion, there may be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a Masters course including the MA Working for Children and Young People at the University of South Wales.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.