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
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) with Foundation Year UCAS Code: WYPF Apply via UCAS
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.
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
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
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.
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
Young People’s Peer Mentor
Young Person Support Worker
Advocate for Young People
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
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.
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.
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.