About the BA Youth Work
This is a new and unique programme offering professional and vocational training and degree qualification in Youth Work. Validated by the National Youth Agency (JNC endorsed) as a professional youth work training programme, it will equip you with the necessary skills to graduate as a professional JNC youth worker, allowing you to work effectively with other services within the field.
The programme also affords the opportunity to gain additional certification in areas such as ASDAN, Child Protection and First Aid.
The programme engages in meaningful dialogue with local, regional and national employers, and aims to respond to government agendas and support voluntary and faith based agencies. This engagement enhances employability in an increasingly competitive market and widens students’ understanding of voluntary sector provision and its entrepreneurial and sustainable approaches
Why study this course?
This programme prepares students for vocational and professional practice in a range of professions related to work with young people. It includes exploration of the legal and policies related to the Youth Offending teams and the Juvenile Justice system, an understanding of the importance and uniqueness of the Voluntary Sector role in youth work, and an awareness of the faith based organisations relation to youth work provision.
You will develop a range of practical skills appropriate to youth work and working with young people in a variety of contexts and settings. Through work with young people in a variety of contexts you will develop understanding of the concepts and principles of youth work and gain a critical appreciation of their relevance to young peoples’ needs.
You will explore how young people can learn experientially, informally and non-formally in addition to the school based curriculum. You will be encouraged to develop inclusive and anti-oppressive practice in your own setting and reflect on the wider social context of education and integrated services work with young people.
You will learn how to develop inclusive and participatory practice to enhance and enable young people’s skills, interests, confidence and voice.
Key starting points for learning and skills development throughout the programme are the experiences of young people, including the social and cultural backgrounds of the students on the programme. The skills developed and the issues explored are relevant to all forms of professional youth work, including Faith based, voluntary sector, Juvenile Justice and Mentoring and Coaching.
The programme therefore integrates four complementary and interlocking strands: a) Youth Work theory and practice; b) Understanding of young people, their needs, growth and development; c) Legal, Social and Professional contexts; d) Fieldwork practice / placements.
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