The Youth and Communities degree offers a professional qualification, underpinned by the core principles and values of youth work.
It explores how to facilitate and support young people’s growth, and personal and social development, in a variety of informal settings. It reflects current youth policy and practice in both Wales and the UK and is relevant to the occupational sector, local and national employers and voluntary sectors.
The degree is underpinned by the core principles and values of youth work. The programme carries ETS Wales endorsement which is a JNC-recognised qualification, which is widely recognised across the world.
Youth and Community Work (BA)
UCAS Code: L592
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Why choose this course?
- Enthusiastic, supportive and bilingual staff who are professionally qualified in the field with recognised expertise.
- UWTSD is the only place where you can study this degree through the medium of Welsh.
- There is a practical and vocational focus to the course, with many opportunities to learn beyond the lecture room. Weekly ‘Experiential Learning Activities’ sessions provide students with the opportunity to up-skill. Set in a local youth centre, these sessions enable students to develop key employability skills and to engage in opportunities for further accreditation where possible.
- Emphasis on individual personal and social development. Students also benefit from small group teaching in a supportive learning environment.
- Study abroad opportunities.
What you will learn
The Youth and Community degree explores how to facilitate and support young people’s growth, and personal and social development, in a variety of informal and non-formal settings.
It reflects current youth policy and practice in both Wales and the UK and is relevant to the occupational sector, local and national employers and voluntary sectors.
Placements are integral to the course in both statutory and voluntary youth work settings, and are underpinned by critically assessing issues that impact young people’s lives, such as the nature of society and issues of social inclusion, sociology and psychology of young people.
Students are required to complete 800 hours of assessed fieldwork placements during the programme, as well as attend observational visits to support other modules.
The course is offered through the medium of English, Welsh and bilingually. It is supported by a developing e-library, which contains all the major publications affecting work with young people in Wales. In addition, part of the Wales Youth Work Library Collection is now located at the University, affording students the opportunity to access key historical texts and policy documents, as well as other key youth work resources.
Youth work is a profession with a clearly stated purpose, values, and principles. The key purpose of youth work in the United Kingdom is to:
‘Enable young people to develop holistically, working with them to facilitate their personal, social and educational development, to enable them to develop their voice, influence and place in society and to reach their full potential.’
This statement refers to the holistic development of young people, recognising that personal, social and educational development can also include, for example, physical, political and spiritual development (LSIS, 2012).
Illustrative modules include:
- Youth Work Principles and Practice
- Introduction to Young People in Society
- Passport to Youth and Community Work
- Where Youth Work Happens
- Fieldwork 1
- Young People’s Health and Well-being
- Applied Research Project
- Youth Work as Recreation
- Supervision and Support Skills
Continual assessment is used as a means of assessing progress.
Assessments include portfolio-based projects, essays, seminars, a group poster presentation, and practical assessments, which include planning and delivering a 30-minute issue-based session to your peers.
Visiting tutors also carry out assessments of students' placement learning.
- All applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory enhanced disclosure 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.
- Due to the professional endorsement of the degree programme, all applicants need to have at least 100 hours of recent and relevant Youth Work experience.
Due to their aspirations when applying for a place on the degree programme, many of our graduates find employment directly in the youth and community work field, in both the voluntary and maintained sectors.
This may be either at face-to-face level, working directly with young people in a variety of contexts (including school-based youth work, detached youth work, health-based youth work, and so on), or they may find employment at management level.
Other graduates have become Education Welfare Officers, or work in residential centres for children and young people.
Graduates work within a wide variety of organisations, for example, in the field of substance misuse, projects which support homeless young people and others that focus on adoption, looked after young people, and young adult carers. This demonstrates how the skills that the graduates have developed while studying on the degree programme can be transferred into many settings, and that they are skills welcomed within multidisciplinary teams.
Some graduates have secured employment in community education, youth justice, voluntary agencies and the Local Health Board, while others have continued with their studies through entering Postgraduate study/research.
BA Youth and Community Work: Associated Costs of Study
Travel costs to and from placements (one placement at each level of study).
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.
While studying on this degree programme, our students learn how to draw on a wide range of intellectual resources, theoretical perspectives and academic disciplines to develop their understanding of the issues of Youth Work and the contexts in which this takes place.
Students will develop a broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of the principal features of Youth Work in contexts in Wales and beyond.
There is also an opportunity for students to study abroad as part of their studies in the second year, in Finland or British Columbia.
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