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

  • Education Authority
  • Start360
  • YMCA
  • ASHTON COMMUNITY GROUP
  • Youth Initiatives
  • Youth Action NI
  • Youth Justice Agency

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

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

Overview

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

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

Teaching and learning assessment

Content

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

- the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor

- the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement

- the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

The Context of Youth Work

Year: 1

This module assists students to develop a deeper understanding of the backdrop and context within which youth work operates. To understand the backdrop, students will grapple with a historical perspective on how the youth work sector has developed; to include the impact of 'the troubles' on the shape of youth work responses. This understanding of youth work policy will equip students to understand the current structures and funding mechanisms of the youth sector. This module brings together local and global influences, perspectives and drivers that impact upon the direction and practice of youth work. This is foundational in understanding the guiding principles of the youth work discipline.

The Foundations for Youth Work Practice

Year: 1

This module aims to support Community Youth Work students to develop interpersonal skills in working with individuals and groups and understand the pedagogical processes of youth work. It is designed to build upon existing experiences of the student and hence experiential learning and participatory teaching methods are utilised. The module will equip students with the core theoretical concepts and methods of interpersonal skills in a community youth work context. It will provide students with an in-depth grounding in the principles and practices of informal education.

Assessed Practice Level 4

Year: 1

This is a practice based module and is incorporated at each of the three levels of training. At level four there is a strong focus on developing interpersonal skills and relationships within the community youth work context and building the generic action skills needed to operate in a generic youth work setting. Students are assessed against a number of core competency areas and record and reflect on their learning through reflective recordings. Students also carry out work-related tasks to build discipline-specific competence.

Applied Socio-Political Perspectives

Year: 1

The module explores how the approaches of political theory, sociology and social policy can produce practitioners who are better informed about soci-political processes and their impact on young people and communities.

Year two

The Northern Ireland Context - Transforming Communities

Year: 2

This module will equip students with the necessary skills to work within contested spaces using community development approaches. Students will gain a sound understanding of the historic and current political processes and begin to develop models of practice. The module focuses on the Northern Ireland perspective using a social policy lens. Students are also encouraged to compare and contrast these approaches from a global perspective.

Power; Inequality and anti-discriminatory practice

Year: 2

This module will give students the opportunity to critically explore what constitutes a just society where goals and outcomes reflect norms of fairness. Students will rigorously critique the patterns of gender and racial inequality along with other marginalised groups, come to recognise the values that underpin diversity. Students will gain knowledge and sound understanding about the rights of social integration and identity.

Assessed Practice Level 5

Year: 2

This is a practice based module and is incorporated at each of the three levels of training. At level five there is a strong focus on understanding youth work across a range of settings within a diverse society. Students will also build up practice skills in working with young people with complex needs and to understand the settings which impact on these. Students are assessed against a number of core competency areas and record and reflect on their learning through reflective recordings. Students also carry out work-related tasks to build discipline-specific competence.

Pedagogy of Youth Work

Year: 2

The module addresses theories of human development and how they relate to young people's development and learning. Concepts of Risk and Resilience and how a youth worker can intervene to build protective factors in the lives of young people. Education theory is considered and models of learning that are relevant to youth work practice. Finally the module explores how group work and group work facilitation can enable young peoples learning.

Year three

Critical Thinking and Professional Development

Year: 3

The module is designed to enable students to engage in critically thinking and reflection concerning practice and to use this as a tool for professional development and the development of practice in youth work settings. It will enable students to consider their future professional development and how they share practice and influence the development of practice and policy in youth work settings.

Study Of Applied Practice (SOAP)

Year: 3

This module relates to the independent study or evaluation of practice within community and/or youth work practice. This module introduces students to the range of skills and methods employed in community and youth work based research. Students systematically investigate and critically reflect on key aspects of practice thus developing critical discourse and analysis within a professional frame of reference. The final written piece of 6,000 to 7,000 words will reflect the student's autonomous learning and development, knowledge and conceptual understanding of current community or youth work practice.

Assessed Practice Level 6

Year: 3

This is a practice based module and is incorporated at each of the three levels of training. At level six students are expected to reflect a deepening of understanding in relation to the practical application of learning and to show a growing level of autonomy and independence. The module is assessed against a number of core competency areas and the depth of learning at Level 6 is highlighted in the Assessed Practice Handbook. Students also carry out work-related tasks to build discipline-specific competence.

Ethical Leadership, Management and Supervision

Year: 3

This module is designed to help students understand the essential nature of leadership and management and their relationship to each other. It will also examine supervision skills and how they can be used to develop people and practice.

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.

Applied General Qualifications

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.

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
  • Youth Action NI
  • Youth Justice Agency

Job roles

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

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

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 University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

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 19/20 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:
£4,275.00

England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

£9,250.00  Discounts available

International:
£14,060.00  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.

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