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Work with Young People (BA)

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Focusing on young people, 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. 
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.  It also acknowledges 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. This enables students to develop their knowledge and understanding. A second year placement module explores ways to support young people.


Work with Young People (BA)
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Work with Young People (BA) with Foundation Year
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Work with Young People (BA) is also available as a 4 year programme that incorporates a Foundation Year. 
The Foundation Year will provide students with the opportunity to engage in the Level 3 Award in Youth Work Practice.  It also equips the students with the confidence, knowledge, passion and skills required to progress to the 'Work with Young People (BA)'.

Applicants to full-time courses can apply through UCAS. Applicants to part-time courses can apply through the University.

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Contact Name: Angharad Lewis

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

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

Work with Young People BA (Hons) will equip students to be able to work with young people, communities and families.  Students will 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

We explore 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 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 'Work with Young People (BA)' degree does not offer a professional qualification in youth work. 

Upon completion of 'Work with Young People (BA)', graduates can enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma 'Youth Work and Social Education (ETS Endorsed)' which offers a JNC recognised qualification in Youth Work. 

Our undergraduate degree,  ** Youth Work and Social Education (BA) (ETS Endorsed) offers a professional qualification in Youth Work.

**Subject to validation and endorsement by ETS Wales

Module Topics

Foundation Year – Level 3

  • Academic Survival Skills (30 credits; compulsory)
  • An Introduction to University Life: Flourishing as a Student (30 credits; compulsory)
  • An Introduction to Youth Work Practice (60 credits; compulsory).

Year One - Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • Academic Study Skills for Students (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Counselling Skills, Mindfulness and Therapeutic Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Professional Practice: Principles and Contexts of Work with Young People (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Understanding Adolescence (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Working with Young People, Communities and Families (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Young People and Society 1: Advocacy, Empowerment, Participation and Rights (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two - Level 5 (Dip HE & BA)

  • Focused Practice (40 credits; compulsory)
  • No One is Too Small to Make a Difference: Working with Young People to Create a Climate of Change (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Social Research for Professional Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Supervision, Leadership and Management for Professionals (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Young People and Society 2: Mental Health, Well-being and Adverse Childhood Experiences (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three - Level 6 (BA)

  • Dissertation (40 credits; compulsory)
  • Skills for Life: Employability and Future Pathways (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Young People and Society 3: Trauma, Exploitation and Toxic Childhood (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Young People in Focus (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Young People’s Well-being and Resilience (20 credits; compulsory).



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

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) - 
    This 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

DBS Costs.

Necessarily incurred:
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.

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.


Please visit our Accommodation pages for more information.