Youth & Community Work - BA (Hons)
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. Assessment is undertaken through module assignments and presentations – there are no exams.
Foundation year (Year 0):
This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0) for those students who aspire to enrol onto the first year of a science based honours degree programme within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects that provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required to enter the first year of the chosen honours degree programme.
Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the degree programme they intend to progress to, using the relevant UCAS code listed on this course page (under Key Facts) and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.
Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.
(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
(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.
(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.
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.
Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including Mathematics, Science and English Language (or Welsh First Language) plus one of the following:
- 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
- 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
- Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.
For specific information on entry requirements, please refer to the UCAS website.
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
Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.
If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.
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.
It is also possible to apply by exceptional entry for the programme if 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.
Professionally endorsed by:
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.
School: Cardiff School of Education
Course Length: Three years full-time or four years full-time for those undertaking the foundation year.
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
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. You are required to negotiate placements in appropriate youth and community organisations for the duration of the course. Weekly group tutorials with a professional tutor help support the practice placement and assessment is via your own reflective practice supported by professional and fieldwork tutor reports.
How to Apply:
Applications for the full-time route should be made online to UCAS at http://www.ucas.com/. Part-time applications should be made direct to the university.
For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
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 www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international
Selection is normally based on the receipt of a completed UCAS (full-time) or Cardiff Met (part-time) application
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.
Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.