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Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Area Youth Worker
  • Community Youth Worker
  • Detached Youth Worker
  • Session Facilitator
  • Personnel Development
  • Youth Worker


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

Embark on a professional career working with young people in the community.


The programme will provide you with the professional Community Youth Work qualification recognised by employers throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. This will enable you to work in a wide range of professional settings with many agencies that work with young people. The programme will also provide you with a foundation for postgraduate study.

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About this course

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This programme is validated by NSETS (North South Education and Training Standards committee) and confers professional status on those who successfully complete the three years of study.

The programme integrates teaching and practice in its approach to learning. There are three work-based assessed practice modules over the four-year period, which last for an average of 20 weeks at 15 hours per week. The modules of study reflect the need for students to develop knowledge and skills for practice. These include the context of youth work, principles and practice of youth work (interpersonal skills and informal education) psychology, sociology, social policy & management and supervision theory & practice. Community development and applied independent study also form key elements of the programme.


The duration of the course four academic years part-time.

Attendance is one day each week.

Due to the change of youth work professional training within UK and Ireland it is now necessary to have a degree for professional recognition.

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

Applicants should normally provide evidence of competency in written and spoken English. They must also have attained passes in 4 different subjects, of which one should be an A level and 3 GCSE level, or equivalent approved alternative qualifications as specified by the Youth Work Training Board NI. The University is keen to recruit candidates to this programme who may not meet these academic qualifications but whose experience in the field may be relevant to the programme.


GCSE Profile to include CGSE English Language grade C or above (or equivalent).

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

Please note that this course is a "regulated and/or care provision" within the meaning of the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (NI) Order 2003 and the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007. They may involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults and students are required to be subject to the criminal records check and may not complete the course without it. The fee for this is £33.00.

Careers & opportunities

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Job roles

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

  • Area Youth Worker
  • Community Youth Worker
  • Detached Youth Worker
  • Session Facilitator
  • Personnel Development
  • Youth Worker

Career options

A qualified Community Youth Worker may take up positions with a wide range of employers providing services to young people. In Northern Ireland these range from statutory organisations to voluntary and community agencies. Such as:

  • Youth Centre Based Work
  • Projects and Area based work in with the Education and Library Boards/ ESA
  • 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.

Completion of the degree will also provide you with opportunities to progress to postgraduate study in youth work or related areas.

This programme is endorsed by NSETS (North South Education and Training Standards committee) and confers professional status on those who successfully complete the three years of study.

Work placement / study abroad

Students complete three periods of Assessed Practice. Two of these are in the students current employment. One period is completed in a different youth work agency.

Professional recognition

North/South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work (NSETS)

Endorsed by the North/South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work (NSETS) (JNC Recognised) for the purpose of professional qualification.


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.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:

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