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Work with Young People (BA)

Focusing on young people, and through a social science lens, the BA Work with Young People takes an in-depth look at a wide range of current and contemporary challenges that young people face.  The transition into adulthood is often viewed as complex and challenging for many young people, and some of the challenges that young people may face include:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Substance misuse
  • County Lines
  • Trauma
  • Children’s Rights
  • Health and Well-being

This exciting new degree programme within UWTSD’s suite of young people focused programmes explores these challenges, whilst also acknowledging how this transition period in a young person’s life is also an exciting chapter of development, and of new opportunities which can broaden their horizons.

Links are made between theory, policy and practice in an applied manner to enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding, as well as exploring – through a placement module in their second year – ways in which young people can be supported.

PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

Work with Young People (BA)
UCAS Code: WYP1
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Work with Young People (BA) with Foundation Year
UCAS Code: WYPF
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Work with Young People (BA) is also available as a 4 year programme which incorporates a Foundation Year.  The Foundation Year will provide students with the opportunity to engage in the Level 3 Award in Youth Work Practice and will also equip the students with the confidence, knowledge, passion and skills required to progress to the BA Work with Young People (BA).


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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,850 (Overseas)

Why choose to study Work with Young People at UWTSD?

  • Develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of working with young people through engaging with enthusiastic, supportive and bilingual lecturers who are professionally qualified in the field with recognised expertise.
  • Choose from a range of wider services for young people when engaging in your observational placement
  • Explore practice with young people and their communities
  • Preparation for employment opportunities such as youth justice, health and well-being, community development, social enterprise and the police
  • An opportunity to study in English, Welsh or Bilingually

What you will learn

Course Overview

Overview of Programme

The BA (Hons) Work with Young People degree will equip students to be able to work with young people, communities and families, and to understand how to meet the needs of young people in the 21st century.  Through a social science lens, the programme will explore practice with young people and their communities in an applied manner, with a clear commitment to social justice and anti-oppressive practice. 

The course introduces students to ways of working with young people around a variety of issues – issues which are very current in today’s society, such as Child Sexual Exploitation, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Homelessness, Substance Misuse, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Poverty and Obesity among young people – and exploring these in an applied manner, drawing on current research and best practice to equip graduates to be highly effective and reflective in their chosen fields. 

The programme aligns fully with the Welsh Government’s commitment to “develop and strengthen specific provision aimed at supporting and improving outcomes for more vulnerable or marginalised young people’’ (WG, 2019, p.13).

Please note that the BA Work with Young People degree does not offer a professional qualification in youth work.  Upon completion of the BA Work with Young People, graduates can enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma Youth Work and Social Education (ETS Endorsed) which offers a JNC recognised qualification in Youth Work.  However, if students would like to study an Undergraduate degree which offers a professional qualification in Youth Work, the ** Youth Work and Social Education (BA) (ETS Endorsed) will be the course choice for you.

**Subject to validation and endorsement by ETS Wales

Modules

Level 3 (Foundation Year only)

  • Academic Survival Skills
  • An introduction to Youth Work Practice
  • An Introduction to University Life: flourishing as a student

Level 4

  • Academic Study Skills for Students
  • Professional Practice: Principles and Contexts of Work with Young People
  • Understanding Adolescence
  • Counselling Skills, Mindfulness and Therapeutic Practice
  • Young People and Society 1: Advocacy, Empowerment, Participation and Rights
  • Working with Young People, Communities and Families

Level 5

  • Social Research for Professional Practice
  • Supervision, Leadership and Management for Professionals
  • No one is too small to make a difference: Working with young people to create a climate of change.
  • Young People and Society 2:
  • Mental Health, Well-being and Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Focused Practice

Level 6

  • Dissertation
  • Skills for life: employability and future pathways
  • Young People in Focus
  • Young People and Society 3: Trauma, Exploitation and Toxic Childhood
  • Young People’s Well-being and Resilience
Assessment

Assessments are designed to reflect the requirements of the field of work with young people, and develop wide-ranging employability skills in students.  There are no exams.

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Key Information

Staff
Entry Criteria
  • All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure Child and Adult Workforce document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • The programme requirements are between 80 and 96 points and above, however entry to the programme is based on individual merit.
Career Opportunities

There are a range of career and employability opportunities for graduates of this degree within a rapidly expanding field.  These include:

  • Youth Support in Local Authority projects as well as within voluntary organisations and charitable organisations;
  • Work with organisations focussing on specific issues including substance misuse, youth homelessness and young adult carers;
  • Youth Justice;
  • Young People’s Peer Mentor;
  • Young Person Support Worker;
  • Advocate for Young People;
  • Community Engagement;
  • Family Support for young people with disabilities;
  • Graduates can also engage in further Postgraduate study, including UWTSD’s **PG Diploma/**MA Youth Work and Social Education (ETS Endorsed) which offers a professional qualification in Youth Work, to enable graduates to be employed as Youth Workers in a range of settings.

**Subject to validation and endorsement by ETS Wales

Additional Costs

Mandatory: 
DBS Costs.

Necessarily incurred:
Travel costs to and from placement (one placement in the second year).

Optional:
Students who decide to take the opportunity to study abroad for one semester at Level 5 will incur additional costs associated with this;  Potential residential activity at Level 6 may incur additional costs.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

There is also an opportunity for students to study abroad as part of their studies in the second year, in Finland or British Columbia.

Accommodation

Please visit our Accommodation pages for more information

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Advocacy (BA)

Advocacy courses have been developed at UWTSD to ensure that the capacity of individuals to act independently and make their own free choices, empowerment and the voice of the individual and/or community is promoted in all aspects of society.

The debate around social policy and service provision has highlighted the need for professionals who are able to appreciate how social policies are continuously reconstructed and changed and the contribution to these processes from those who come from different value positions and different social, cultural and economic backgrounds.

With the introduction of the Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales) 2014, there is a statutory requirement to hear the voice of services uses through the use of advocates, both instructed and non-instructed.

This programme has been designed as a sound preparation for students who wish to enter professions working in diverse fields, for example:

  • Community education
  • Educational settings
  • Health and/or social care
  • Police services
  • Probation service
  • Social enterprise
  • Teaching
  • Union representation
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Youth support

Advocacy (BA) Graduates


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PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

Pathway Options

Advocacy (BA)
UCAS Code: 6X7S
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Sociology (BA)
UCAS Code: SOC1
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Advocacy (DipHE)
UCAS Code: ADV2

Social Studies (CertHE)
UCAS Code: SLS1
Apply via UCAS


How to apply


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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,850 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  • This is the first Advocacy (BA) qualification in Wales and the UK.
  • All content is co-constructed with professional advocates in Wales from a wide practitioner base, which aligns with Welsh Government directives.
  • Research-active staff, who also engage in theory and practice in the sector, alongside visiting speakers from a wide set of organisations.
  • Guest lecturers embedded in practice.
  • Opportunities to explore theory and policy in practice via placement and volunteering opportunities.

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What you will learn

Course Overview

Advocacy (BA) is a three-year programme. The qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year that explores advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies.

In the second year, students undertake a placement. There is a clear focus on advocacy in practice.

The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to professional advocacy practice.

Modules

Typical modules include:

Social Studies (CertHE):

  • Academic Study Skills
  • Advocacy Services in the 21st Century
  • Agency and Empowerment: Giving Individuals a Voice
  • Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • Policy in Practice and Multi-Agency Working
  • Who are We? Culture and Identity

Advocacy (DipHE):

  • Advocacy: The Impact and Access to Advocacy
  • Placement: Methods, Theory and Policy into Practice
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare in the Modern World
  • Disability, Health and Social Care
  • Employability

Advocacy (BA):

  • Professional Practice in Advocacy
  • Advocacy: Maintaining Independency in Advocacy Provision
  • Relationships, Communication and Families in Contemporary Society
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Dissertation
Assessment

No exams in this programme.

Assessment is by written assignments, seminar presentations, reports, reflective diaries, leaflets and video documentaries; these assessment methods link with the development of employability skills.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria
  • All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • 80 UCAS points.
  • Non-traditional students will be considered on their experience and individual merit.
  • Applicants with FE/Access qualifications welcomed.
Career Opportunities

Graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields including:

  • Advocate Support Worker – Children with learning difficulties
  • Advocate Support Worker – Residential Care for Adults
  • Business Support Officer
  • Children’s School Advocate
  • Community Engagement Advocate
  • Emerging roles within sport and film industry (responding to current events)
  • Family Liaison Officer
  • Healthcare Advocate NHS
  • Independent Advocate
  • Independent Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate
  • Independent Mental Health Advocate
  • Independent Professional Advocate
  • Lecturer BA Advocacy (with further study)
  • Local Authority Childcare Advocate
  • Manager Third Sector Voluntary Organisations
  • Pupil Advocate/Support (Additional Learning Needs)
  • Pupil Support Advocate
  • Supervised Contact Worker – Social Services
  • Volunteer Manager: Third Sector

Graduates may also choose to continue studying and complete postgraduate and postgraduate research qualifications through progression on to, either, the MA Equity and Diversity in Society, or a PhD in Social Justice and Inclusion, that allow students to utilise postgraduate funding.

Additional Costs
  • DBS: All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks which they may need to produce essays, assignments and dissertations in fulfilment of the academic requirements of each programme of study.
  • There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
    • Books
    • Clothing
    • Fieldwork
    • Printing and copying
    • Stationery
Related Courses

DipHE Advocacy (ADV2)
A two-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year, which includes modules that explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement. There will be a clear focus on advocacy in practice.

CertHE Social Studies (SLS1)
A one-year programme which is designed to provide a foundation year for those students who may wish to move onto either the BA Advocacy or the BA Sociology degree; or as a standalone exit award/qualification. This programme is underpinned by modules that explore advocacy, sociology, social policy and social studies.

BA Sociology (SOC1)
A three-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year which includes modules that explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement while the modules develop a wider understanding of sociological issues and solutions. The final year of study incorporates a dissertation with links to aspects of sociology that the student wishes to pursue in more depth.

DipHE Sociology (SOC5)
A two-year programme. This qualification is underpinned by an initial foundation year, which includes modules that explore sociology, advocacy, social policy and social studies. In the second year of study, students will undertake a placement while the modules develop a wider understanding of sociological issues and solutions.

MA Equity and Diversity in Society
The MA in Equity and Diversity in Society is an exciting development in response to current legislation, social policy, local and global concerns regarding equity. Awareness of equity, equality and diversity is considered an integral requirement of many organisations, as well as an aspiration for society as a whole.

PhD/MPhil Social Justice and Inclusion
Contact: Nichola Welton – n.welton@uwtsd.ac.uk

Bursary / Scholarship Information
Study Abroad Opportunities

Opportunities to study in Europe and the USA for a semester in year 2.

Accommodation

Visit our Carmarthen Accommodation section to find out more.