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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

Overview

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

Summary

Study Community Youth Work (Not recruiting for September 2016 entry*) at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

*We regret that this course will not be recruiting for September 2016 entry. The Community Youth Work team remains committed to part-time students however, and it is our intention to re-introduce the part-time route in the coming years.

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 2016
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

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.

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.

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.

Apply

Please apply at www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Contact

Faculty Office
T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8111
E: kl.moran@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Alastair Scott-Mckinley
T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5410
E: a.scott-mckinley@ulster.ac.uk