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
- 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.
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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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
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
Level 3 (Foundation Year only)
- Academic Survival Skills
- An introduction to Youth Work Practice
- An Introduction to University Life: flourishing as a student
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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.
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
Travel costs to and from placement (one placement in the second year).
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.
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.
There is also an opportunity for students to study abroad as part of their studies in the second year, in Finland or British Columbia.
Please visit our Accommodation pages for more information