Youth & Community Work (with pathways) - BA (Hons)

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 Codes:
(Full-time routes only)

X320: BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Youth Work)*
*Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

L53L: BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Community Development Work)

LL53: BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Youth & Community Development Work)​

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education

Course Length:
Three years full-time for the degree or four years full-time with the foundation certificate.

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.

Course Overview

​The BA Youth & Community degree at Cardiff Met offers the following named pathways:

  • BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Youth Work)

  • BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Community Development Work)

  • BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Youth & Community Development Work)​

The youth work pathways are professionally endorsed by Education Training Standards (ETS) Wales and recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for Youth & Community Workers. Endorsement is currently being sought for the Community Development pathways. 

All of the pathways are 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 (usually no more than 35 students) 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.

Youth and community workers play a central role in today’s society, working in a wide range of formal and informal educational settings, supporting individuals’ personal and social development and enabling them to realise their potential.

This course helps students to develop their critical faculties, giving them a deeper understanding of social inclusion, empowerment and the nature of society, allowing them to develop skills that will enable them to engage effectively in a key role in the community.​

​Course Content​

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 the BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Youth Work) (X320) degree programme, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects, or gained relevant practical experience that provide the necessary background to ​enter the first year of the degree programme. 

Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work (Youth Work) (X320) degree and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website (full-time route only). As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.

It may also be possible to undertake the foundation (year 0) and automatically progress to the 'Community Development Work' or 'Youth & Community Development Work' pathways. However, this will depend of sufficient experience and further conversations with the programme team to determine suitability.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here​.


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

You will be given an introduction to professional skills as a youth and community worker, and academic skills are provided through a stand alone module, as well as ​integrated in the programme. You'll cover basic concepts in sociology and social psychology, whilst also studying human development and the learning theory that underpins informal and formal education practice. A community research module will enable you to undertake a small piece of research on a community of interest to you. You'll undertake a placement in a youth and community setting at every level, and a tutorial will support this each week in term time. At Level 4, you will undertake a placement of 200 hours.


  • Human Development and Learning
  • Working with People in a Social Context
  • Community Research
  • Analysis & Application to Practice
  • Practice Placement and Professional Development
  • Preparation for Practice

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

You will study issues connected with education, politics and social policy and be introduced to research skills for youth and community practitioners.  Modules consider issues of equality, social justice, leadership, management and organisational theory in a youth and community context. At Level 5, you will undertake a placement of 400 hours, including a block placement for 8 to 10 weeks, supported by tutorials.


  • Researching Practice
  • Managing Effective Practice
  • Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Education for Change
  • Practice Placement and Professional Development

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

At level 6 there are a combination of core and option modules.  At this point in your studies you will have a clearer idea of the direction your career is taking and what your particular areas if interest are, so you have the option of studying subjects which reflect better current practices in the fields of youth work and community development work.   All honours degree candidates undertake  a 200 hour placement, and a piece of research (dissertation) on an area of your choice, supported by tutorials.


  • The Global Context
  • Community Development Work
  • Dissertation
  • Independent Study
  • Teaching in Non-formal Environments
  • Partnership and Multi Agency Working
  • Crime and Justice
  • Practice Placement and Professional Development.

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 and tutorials / fieldwork placements are modular in structure with an emphasis on the application of theory to practice.  Although students undertake self-study there is also an emphasis on group work throughout the programme. ​Learner guidance is generally available from professional (personal) and module tutors and Fieldwork Facilitators (in the workplace).

All students have access to a Professional (personal) Tutor throughout the course as well as a dissertation tutor at Level 6.  The Professional Tutor facilitates the weekly group tutorials, provides support to students on placement and is available for individual tutorials.  Fieldwork Facilitators take on the role of supporting students on placement by holding regular supervision sessions with the student and observe them, on at least two occasions, using a format to encourage reflection and critical analysis.

The teaching and learning strategies used on the programme have evolved over time. The use of group tutorials to enquire into and promote critical reflection on practice has proved to be an important and valuable component of the programme, while the taught modules have tended to draw upon the experience of practitioners to 'breathe life' into the concepts and theories being examined. The learning and teaching opportunities in the workplace are crucial to the students' development and, as such, the role of the Fieldwork Facilitator is a major factor in helping to secure that learning.

Moodle is used to support learning at all levels of study.  In addition, students have access to an array of innovative and comprehensive e-learning packages developed by the Academic Skills Unit and a vast library of books and journals (including e-copies) , available from Library Services.  In addition the Academic Skills team provide bespoke inputs across all levels of study.​


Assessment methods are varied to enable a range of attributes to be exhibited. The assessments are completed on either an individual or group basis and include written assignments, group presentations, community profiling, poster design, developing resources and initiating a campaign.  A number of these assessment methods have been chosen to mirror processes and demands that occur within youth and community development work, particularly those which use social and verbal attributes.​

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, 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.

Graduates from the programme can study as Masters and PhD levels at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  The School of Education Masters Framework offers a number of qualifying routes including the MA Education (Managing Community Practice).

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Applicants to either the BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Youth Work) or BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Community Development Work) (both subject to endorsement) should have a minimum of 100 hours recent and relevant professional experience in the field of youth or community development work, or a closely related profession, verifiable via production of a reference from an appropriately qualified youth and/or community work practitioner.

For the BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work (Youth & Community Development Work) (subject to Community Development endorsement) the applicant should have a minimum of 200 hours of recent and relevant experience, with 100 hours in each endorsed area.

In addition, all applicants should have 80 points from at least 2 A Levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:

  • 80 points from at least 2 A Levels to include grades CC

  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma with an overall grade of Merit Merit Pass

  • 80 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)

  • 80 points from the Scottish Advanced Highers to include grade DD

  • 80 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma 

  • Be qualified as a Youth Support Worker (Level 3 Certificate in Youth work or NVQ/VRQ Level 3).

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements.

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

Other routes onto the BA (Hons) Youth and Community programme.

If you do not have the entry requirements for the degree programme, but have 48 UCAS points or equivalent, you can apply for the Youth and Community Work Foundation degree – successful completion of which guarantees you consideration for the degree programme. For further information about the foundation programme please click here.

It is also possible to apply for exceptional entry if you do not meet the academic entry criteria above 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). 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. Selection is also based on an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for the full-time 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

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme director, Gill Price:
Tel: 029 2041 7247​​​

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting