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Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Assistant Youth Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Support Worker


A one year pre-voational introduction to Community Youth Studies


This course is run by the Ulster University in partnership with Youth Action Northern Ireland and YMCA Ireland (in Belfast and Magee)

This one-year programme provides training at pre-vocational level. Attendance is one day each week. The course provides education and training for students in the concepts and methods of community youth work relevant to the needs of the young people from diverse backgrounds. The course has an excellent track record for providing further access into Higher Education and those interested in continuing to a recognised NSETS/ JNC professional qualification in youth work. Successful completion of the course enables students to apply for the BSc in Community Youth Work. Students come from all backgrounds and regularly include mature students returning to study.

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About this course

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The aim of the Certificate in Community Youth Studies is to introduce students to the basic principles and practice that are needed to work with young people and to become competent practitioners at this level, informed by appropriate theoretical perspectives, models of good practice, and evidence. It will equip students with the relevant skills, knowledge, values and understanding to enable them to engage and build relationships with young people, achieve academic results, as well as improve performance and productivity in the work place. The course provides students with an introduction to the approaches and frameworks used within contemporary youth work practice in Northern and Southern Ireland. It also provides an introduction to local and national contexts in which community youth work operates and gives an insight into the historical, theoretical and research perspectives that inform contemporary youth work practice.

Students will also be encouraged to draw on experience in their own work-based agencies to reflect on practice in order to integrate theory and utilise evidence informed approaches.

It also seeks to challenge, motivate and encourage aspiration in individual students to pursue further study and undertake professional study.


The course is delivered by part-time mode with a one day per week attendance requirement over one year. (Thursday at Magee or Wednesday in Belfast) The venue for the Belfast course is 14 College Square North, Belfast.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

There is no A Level requirement for this course


You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent). The Faculty of Social Sciences will accept Essential Skills Level 2 Communication as equivalent to GCSE English Language.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants should be working (paid or voluntary) for 12-16 hours per week for an employer within the Community Youth Work field. Applicants must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English. (GCSE English ‘C’ grade or equivalent). Evidence of Level 2 and Level 3 study in a community youth work recognised by the Youth Work Training Board is preferred for example OCNNI Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice.

Teaching and learning assessment

Students will be engaged in a range of learning environments including lectures, workshops, small group work and tutorials. Asessments includes presentations, poster presentations, essays, reflective journals, project proposals, report writing and work-based projects.

Exemptions and transferability

There are no options to transfer, as this is a pre-vocational and pre-degree course.

Careers & opportunities

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Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Assistant Youth Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Support Worker

Career options

A career in community youth work can lead to jobs in the public, voluntary and community sectors and in a wide range of areas, such as;

  • Youth Centre Based Work
  • Projects and Area based work in the Education Authority
  • Community Relations Work
  • Alternative Education
  • Various project based work that may address issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, mental health, gender equality etc
  • Some community youth workers also follow careers in the criminal justice system.

The course has an excellent track record for providing further access into Higher Education. A significant number of students progress on to the BSc. (Hons) Community Youth Work degree to pursue their professional qualification. As a professionally qualified youth worker a wider range of positions and career paths are available.

Also some students undertake further study in other related fields and disciplines, for example Sociology, Psychology and Community Development.

Work placement / study abroad

Students are required to undertake a small work-based project in the organisation they work in.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Faculty Office
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8111

Course Director: Alastair Scott-Mckinley
T: +44 (0)28 7167 5410

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School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences