Youth & Community Work - BA (Hons) 

Course Overview

This course, professionally endorsed by ETS Wales and recognised by the JNC for Youth & Community Workers, is designed for youth and community workers who wish to extend their understanding, skills and competence as informal educators and gain a nationally recognised professional qualification in youth and community work.

All our lectures are undertaken in small cohorts (no more than 35) and delivered by qualified staff who have significant experience in youth and community work. Students are on placement throughout the course in a wide variety of youth and community settings.

Course Content

Level 4:
(Normally completed in 1 academic year full-time & 15 months part-time)

You will be given an introduction to professional skills as a youth and community worker, and academic skills are integrated in the programme. You’ll cover basic concepts in sociology and social psychology, whilst also hearing about human development and learning theory that underpins informal and formal education practice. A community research module will enable you to undertake a small piece of research around a community you are interested in. You’ll undertake a placement in an youth and community setting at every level, and a tutorial will support this each week in term-time. At Level 4 the placement is for 200 hours.

Level 5:
(Normally completed in 1 academic year full-time & 15 months part-time)

You will study issues to do with education, politics and social policy and be introduced to research skills for community practitioners. There are modules considering issues of equality and social justice and leadership, management and organisational theory in a youth and community context. The placement at Level 5 is for 400 hours, including a block placement for 8 to 10 weeks.

Level 6:
(Normally completed in 1 academic year full-time & 15 months part-time).

At level 6 you will have a clearer idea of the direction your career is taking; so you have the option of studying community practice, youth and community work in global context, and teaching in non-formal environments. All honours degree candidates undertake a module in supervision theory and skills, a 200 hour placement, and a piece of research (dissertation) on an area of your choice.

Learning & Teaching

The course content is split between fieldwork placements (40%) in a wide range of community and/or youth work agencies and university-based, lecture study (60%). Lectures are modular in structure, comprising modules in the field of applied social sciences with core modules in youth and community work and professional practice.

The following are direct quotes from Youth and Community Work students (July 2013) showing how they felt about our teaching and tutor support:

  • Tutors were excellent, really friendly and welcoming
  • Teaching was fab and tutorials were super fantastic
  • Learnt a lot more about youth and community work – everything was made clear regarding classrooms, registry, student support.


The Youth & Community Work degree is an applied programme – you are required to demonstrate both academic and practical ability. Assessment of professional practice is therefore a key part of your professional qualification. We encourage you to choose and negotiate placements for yourself in appropriate youth and community organisations for the duration of the course – we provide advice and information to help you do this. Weekly group tutorials with a professional tutor support the practice placement. Assessment is undertaken via your own reflective practice and by professional and fieldwork tutor observations and reports.

Employability & Careers

This course is designed to provide a professionally recognised qualification in youth and community work. The course attracts students who are interested in a range of community professions including: youth work, community education, community development, supported housing, alternative education/alternative curriculum, mentoring and guidance, youth justice and voluntary organisations working in a community setting.

Professionally qualified staff are in high demand amongst employers, particularly as Youth Work has been a degree-entry profession since 2010. Many graduates will find paid employment in the above professions whilst they are students, and promotion is often secured upon completion of the professional qualification.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have experience in an aspect of youth & community work (equivalent to 100 hours to be completed prior to commencing the course), plus one of the following:

  • 200 points from at least 2 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers, or equivalent to include grades CC
  • BTEC Certificate / Diploma 200 points
  • 200 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers (minimum grade C2 considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject
  • 200 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CC at A Level or equivalent, Core counted as third subject
  • Be qualified as a Youth Support Worker (level 3 Certificate in Youth work or NVQ/VRQ level 3).

Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Part-time entry:
Applicants are normally working (paid or voluntary) in a youth & community work setting and should have experience equivalent to a minimum of 100 hours eg as a youth worker, community education worker, community development worker, or (adult &) community learning worker, plus one of the following:

  • Be qualified as a Youth Support Worker (level 3 Certificate in Youth work or NVQ/VRQ level 3), or:
  • Hold a Foundation Certificate in Youth and Community Work, or:
  • Have successfully completed an Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 in a relevant subject, or:
  • Hold 200 UCAS points or equivalent qualification.

Other routes onto the Youth and Community BA programme.

If you do not have the entry requirements for the degree programme, but have 120 UCAS points or equivalent, you can apply for the Youth and Community Work Foundation programme – successful completion of which guarantees you consideration for the degree programme. For further information about the foundation porgrmmae please click here.

It is also possible to apply by exceptional entry fif you have significant experience in youth and community work, and are able to show that you can work at degree level (level 4) or Foundation level (level 3), but do not meet the academic entry criteria above. Please contact the Programme Director if you wish to discuss this.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is normally based on the receipt of a UCAS application form for full-time students or the Cardiff Met application form for part-time students.

Key Facts

Accredited by:
Professionally endorsed by the Education and Training Standards (ETS) Wales and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Youth and Community Workers

UCAS Code(s): X320
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Campus (Foundation year at Llandaff Campus)

Course Length: Three years full-time or four years full-time with foundation.
Part-time route – normally 4 to 5 years, though students are allowed up to ten years to complete part-time if they wish. Attendance for this course is flexible depending on the number of modules completed each year.

How to Apply:
Full-time applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at Part-time applications should be made direct to the university at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Steve Drowley:
Tel: 029 2041 7248

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