Youth and Community Work Degrees


Professionally recognised and endorsed by the relevant bodies


Graduate as a fully qualified youth and community worker


Work placement opportunities with local employers


Spend up to 700 hours on practice-based placements

Childhood and Youth Studies at USW rated top in Wales for overall satisfaction - National Student Survey 2023


Inspiring Communities

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. You could also qualify as a specialist in youth justice by choosing a specific pathway, which includes a bespoke Youth Justice module.  

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). 

Work Placements

youth and community work placements

Our strong partnerships with local employers provide work placement opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills to include critical, analytical and reflective thinking within a youth and community work setting. Our students spend up to 700 hours on practice-based placements, ensuring hands-on experience of working with young people to talk about at interview.

Professionally Accredited

youth and community work accreditations

Our Youth and Community degrees are professionally recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and endorsed by Education and Training Standards Wales (ETS), meaning you will graduate as a fully qualified youth and community worker.

Career Prospects

career prospects

99% of our Youth and Community Work graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation (Graduate Survey, DLHE 2018). Our degrees equip you to become a professional youth and community worker. Modules taught at USW have clear outcomes that are specifically linked to the skills employers want from graduates giving you confidence to succeed in your chosen profession.

Youth and Community Work Courses



Experience South Wales

The places you study and live make a big difference to what you get out of university. It’s important to be somewhere that feels like home, but can also surprise you. South Wales offers rich experiences, with Cardiff at the heart.

With campuses in and around Cardiff, you can experience the diversity that south Wales has to offer – the buzz of the cities, the beauty of the coast, and the calm of the countryside. 

We have five campuses across three locations, but we’re one university. Every campus is open to you and whatever inspires you, you’re always welcome.


Open days

Explore USW

Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. 

You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course.  For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.

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Careers and Employability

Put Theory into Practice

A course at USW is more than just a degree. We create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. People who are ready to build their careers and have the mindset to succeed through a degree that is 100% focused on what employers need in the future.

From projects based on working practices to time in the workplace through internships and placements, we’ll help you to build job-ready skills and gain relevant experience for your career. We also offer practical help with completing job applications and practising interview techniques. Support is available every step of the way.

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