Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Education Authority
  • Start360
  • YMCA
  • ASHTON COMMUNITY GROUP
  • Youth Initiatives
  • Black Mountain Action Group
  • Youth Action NI

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Project Coordinator/ Youth Work
  • Area Youth Worker
  • Youth Club Manager
  • Residentail Support Worker
  • Detached Youth Worker
  • Youth Work Trainer
  • Tutor for Alternative Education

Overview

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A professional career working with young people in the community.

Summary

The programme will provide you with the professional Community Youth Work qualification (endorsed by NSETS, North South Education and training standards committee) 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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About

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 three-year period, which last for 10 weeks at 30 hours (minimum) 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.

Attendance

The duration of the course is three academic years full-time.

Attendance is three to four days 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 2019
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

The A Level requirement for this course is CDD.

The C grade can be substituted by a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

A range of OCN NI youth work qualifications hold UCAS points. These will contribute to your total tariff eg OCN level 3 certificate in youth work equals 8 points with the level 3 diploma equating to 16 points.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile MMP (to include a minimum of 11 merits).

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H5H5H4H4H4.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is CDDDD.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CC.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 points (12 at Higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 55%.

GCSE

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.

Teaching and learning assessment

The teaching learning and assessment is dynamic and creative. Teaching is focussed on the needs of the student, the community youth work profession and the youth sector. Lectures are interactive and require high levels of participation. There is much emphasis on the learning environment and effort is made to cater for a wide range of student needs. The assessment is varied with the use of traditional essays, presentations, posters, groupwork, skills performance and journals.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Education Authority
  • Start360
  • YMCA
  • ASHTON COMMUNITY GROUP
  • Youth Initiatives
  • Black Mountain Action Group
  • Youth Action NI

Job roles

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

  • Project Coordinator/ Youth Work
  • Area Youth Worker
  • Youth Club Manager
  • Residentail Support Worker
  • Detached Youth Worker
  • Youth Work Trainer
  • Tutor for Alternative Education

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. 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

There are three (300 hour) placements throughout the course, one per year. The first placement resides in a traditional full-time youth work setting. The second is aimed at stretching the student further, with an option of working outside of Northern Ireland. In the past students have had work placements in South Africa, Australia, Iceland and USA. The final placement involves an area of work which the student hasn't experienced or in which they want to specialise. Throughout the course, the placements represent 25% of the content and are central to the learning process.

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.

Academic profile

The staff team are experienced youth work practitioners with a range of specialisms. Youth justice, gender based work, community relations, sexual orientation and mental health are some of the themes which the team have focussed upon.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications for full-time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

Please apply via UCAS by 15 January.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

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:
£4,160.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,250.00  Discounts available
International:
£13,680.00  Scholarships available

Additional mandatory costs

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.

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.