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

  • Youth Action NI
  • Youth Justice Agency
  • Start360
  • Youth Initiatives
  • Welfare Services NI
  • Opportunity Youth
  • Education Authority

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

Overview

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

Summary

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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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 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.

Attendance

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 2019
How to apply

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.

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

Assessed Practice Level 4

Year: 2

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.

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.

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

The Northern Ireland Context - Transforming Communities

Year: 3

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.

Assessed Practice Level 5

Year: 3

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.

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.

Year four

Study Of Applied Practice (SOAP)

Year: 4

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: 4

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: 4

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

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

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:

  • Youth Action NI
  • Youth Justice Agency
  • Start360
  • Youth Initiatives
  • Welfare Services NI
  • Opportunity Youth
  • Education Authority

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.

Academic profile

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Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

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:
£5,625.00

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.

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